we name every year
the worst year. resolves
into view an unhappy portrait:
the youth in the chair still,
unsmiling. brights of nursery
greyed with time. was there ever
I just think of cicadas, in summer.
The worst year, maybe, but:
the only one they’ve got. and so
they rise like lazarus into our world,
made new and
Carly Ho is a gay Chinese-American neuroatypical writer and web developer from Chicago, Illinois. You can find her work on Tumblr at @untitled-draft.