an ode to a soybean sprout

WRITTEN BY CLAIRE KIM

i cannot

cut your

roots off.

mother used

to say,

seriously,

it’s just a

puny sprout,.

i cannot

cut its

head off.

sinless sprouts,

locked inside

the dark

room when

mother leaves.

soybean sprout,

tell me

you remember

the summer

marigold

days

when

you and i

talked and

cried

as we grasp

onto our

swollen heads

from the

cornflower sadness,

desires,

and absence

for this

and that.

soybean sprout,

i cannot cut

your head off with a homi like mother. i trim you,

imagining

i'm taking

your little

verona yellow hat, attached to your

white body, off

Claire Kim is a 17 years old writer from California, studying the wonder of creative writing. A lover for all things, Claire primarily enjoys writing poems and short stories. When she is not writing, she likes to doodle on leftover origami papers while listening to music.