"An Elegy For Life" by Rono Hem ('19)

To climb out of a mother’s womb
                                                And plant the bitter kiss of betrayal
To furtively compose a song for Dad
                                                And cry echoes into a torn drum’s shell
To crawl one’s way into a city’s heart
                                                And drink alone into the dead of night
To make love on top of clean sheets
                                                And disappear before morning dew
To slip a tattered ring onto her finger
                                                And bury her beneath Evergreen stars
To build a treehouse with green hands
                                                And burn it down to a silhouette of ashes
To rest old bones in a rocking chair
                                                And weep over tight-lipped children
To wonder at the edge of a mountain’s peak
                                                And fall into infernal echoing abyss

                                 To live
                                               Or,
                                                        To not live


Photo Credit: Bastian Sara

Photo Credit: Bastian Sara