The Sanctuary -- poetry by Doeun (Jessica) Kim
A narrow pathway slithers between
an array of naked shrubs that run alongside
stepping stones, its ridges smeared with dirt.
Towards the end of this pathway, a girl
walks to a cottage hidden behind maple trees
scattered across the wide garden.
She thinks of her grandmother, who wrapped
her thin hair in rollers every morning and shared
a bowl of black beans to prevent white hair.
The girl sits in front of a unlit fireplace,
staring back at the dark, tall windows
to adjust her hair from the reflection.
She watches this reflection,
until the touch of her fingers weaken,
and her hair has streaks of grey.
Doeun (Jessica) Kim is a 15 year old, born in South Korea and currently studying at the International School of Manila. Her work has been recognized by Cathartic Youth, Isacoustic, Austin Poets International and elsewhere. During her free time, she enjoys taking contemporary dance classes.