fractured haikus by Heeseo Lee

in the soft morning
i hear the crane cry sorrows
mourning the moonlight
in the bay a lone
leaf caught in seafoam silt
fighting the wild waves
in the summertime
cicadas line speckled trees
wailing in willows
sunlight on shifting
tones of tinted tuna scales
death is naught but naught
stilted words laid bare
written in the wrong script—wrong
wrong in all the ways
a poem can


About the Author

Heeseo (Kay) Lee is a senior attending Korea International School in Seoul. She is a burgeoning young poet and writer who has attended the Iowa Young Writers’ Studio and Kenyon Young Writers’ Workshop, and been recognized by the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards. She is the co-founder and editor in chief of The Zinnia Anthology, which is now accepting submissions for its first issue. When she is not busy writing, she enjoys exploring neurobiological phenomena and performing taekwondo routines.

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