EMERGING ARTISTS & WRITERS: LISA ZOU & SHEREEN LEE
Laying in the wet grass,
I see how the squares of light
flicker, the shadows of bodies
fading in and out like blurred
panoramas. These buildings
are the sum of a thousand lives,
the tick of the clock, the buzz
of the tube, a girl lost in a labyrinth
of old newspapers.
Yet there are dreamers, wide
awake behind these windows.
Cars are sleepwalking on the
Highway, switching from
lane to lane without deliberation.
There are wedding arrangements and life
sentences and everything in between;
a paradox of winter, the drone of stillness
and flutter of wings. Everything is covered.
Find the distance between surviving
and living. Here. Here. Here.
SILENCE AS AN ART
today, the most curious phenomenon:
the conductor coaxing a melody out of white noise and thought.
an aggressive silence straining the air.
somewhere in the room,
a pocket watch ticks and the whole room hears it:
rhythm augmented by coughing
and the whir of machinery.
no longer invisible under a mask of sound.
someday, we will hear the music which exists in the waiting.
Lisa Zou is a student in Arizona. Her writing has been recognized by The Poetry Society of UK and the National YoungArts Foundation. Her work has been published by the Sierra Nevada Review.
Shereen Lee is a freshman in high school currently residing in Taiwan. An editor at Expression Magazine, she has been recognized for her poetry and art by Laura Thomas Communications and the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.