Rice University's Undergraduate Literary Magazine
From the R2 Archive
One Thousand Is Not Nearly Enough - Alice Liu
the sea birds
fold into the sky like
ever so many love notes, like
they know not of death.
, I think, wondering
how they float like that, like
mass without weight.
how effortless a composition,
sheets and sheets of waxy Bristol
creasing form into horizon.
and I, living dog-eared and heavy-handed,
mortal, wine-flushed, violent
and you, who will be gone soon,
tell me to lighten up,
that even I will grow old someday.
we can do this, for now. we can
watch the sea fold into the sky like
ever so many tissue paper wishes.
"One Thousand Is Not Nearly Enough" and "Blooming" were originally published in the 2020 print issue of R2.
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