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Drowned Horizon -- poetry by Julie Rhee

The sea breaks

before it reaches the shore,

its remnants

crashing on the tips of Sindeok Beach.

It’s finally loud

when we are quiet,

sister and I.

We watch the water go white

and shatter,

and some water shadowed by

the layers of the sun.

The day is old

but the sky lacks a crimson red,

or a burnt orange.

It is only bright.

The water has all broken before,

remains breaking —

because it could no longer hold its own weight;

because it is simply water—

How the mind’s eye breaks at sunset,

staring at the sea that had never come to us.


Juheon (Julie) Rhee is a 15-year-old student and is currently attending International School Manila. During her free time, she enjoys reading Agatha Christie’s mysteries and hanging out with her friends. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in K’in Literary Journal, Indolent Books, 580 Split, Lunch Ticket, Cleaver Magazine among others, and has been recognized by Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs.

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