White Lady Etude
From the Chinese legend of the White Snake
Bridge. Of immortal selling pills,
sesame-stuffed tangyuan. Of poor who
desire jade & remain hidden to spirits.
We are wrapped of serpents &
forever bonded as caduceus.
Our fates swept away. Under the
raindrops of my country: heartache spirits.
Chemicals surge in him & are
unyellow. Because, she says,
I am reflected of a mirror &
horrid. Tremors come
before shocks, shed skin-tight.
Ravel out this opportunity.
She knows waves crash in
my chest. Chamber protecting a
heart that beats of children’s cries.
Fate’s softshell, permeable to a
vicious bite. Anti-venom threatened.
Cowering, an orange tint,
Kevin Kong is a junior at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts in Florida. His writing has been recognized by the Florida State Poets Association and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. His poetry has been published in Teen Ink and Bridge Ink and is forthcoming in the FSPA anthology, Cadence. He enjoys playing the cello and eating hotpot.