22 • pearls around the neck
Perhaps I am drowning
like a bird, in the midst of a frigid river.
They want me to swim with the current
but I don’t want to reach the ocean.
All I want to do is break free of the current
and feel the air.
But the great waves of expectations
keep pulling me back, binding me, exhausting me.
Why can’t they understand?
A creature destined to fly can never live under water.
Author: Haim Park, 18 years old, South Corea, 2012
High School student at LSNEPAL.
Illustration: Tim Gallo