Lillian Kwok’s work appears or is forthcoming in Hawaii Pacific Review, Salt Hill, NANO Fiction and other journals. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. More of her work can be found in Volume 3, Issue 2 of burntdistrict.
LE CARNAVAL DES ANIMAUX VII: AQUARIUM
By Lillian Kwok
You are not a river, it disappoints me. You are incapable of drowning me, flooding your shores, turning my skin blue. I can’t drink you from my two hands. For a while though, we were happy, swimming in the water, your hands in my hair, my legs around your waist. But now I’m on the rocks watching you swim, and I don’t care if you stay there underwater, if you never come up again.