Poem: "timeline of hope"

[Image Description: A rainbow in the background of two buildings.] 

Photo by Jonas Vasiljevic

Poem by Jackie Huang

“timeline of hope”


EMERGING;


Between the strands of

golden doll hair

and

bright red jam

piled on

buttered toast,


They asked you what hope was.


Scratching your head of glittery

rainbow

clips,


You said;


“Hope is to know every every every single thing in the world”



YOUNG;


In rooms

bleached

with lead

and

rubber,


They asked you what hope was.


Red ink

bled through

white chalk,

You said;


“Hope is to leave and claim a place of my own.”



ADULT;


Through shelves

filled with

papers,


Sculpting

creases

aross your

skin.


They asked you what hope was.


Bright screen

reflects

off

blue-light glasses,


You said;


“Hope is to fight for the top.”



ELDER;


Around

baskets of

flowers,


An old

rocking

chair.


You asked them what hope was.


Sweet cake

soaked in

bitter

tea,


They said;


“Hope is nothing but to live through

every tomorrow.”


Jackie Huang is a 15 year old writer, singer, and avid theater actress. She was born and raised in Beijing, China, and is currently studying in New York. She particularly enjoys poetry, and aims to use simple words to reflect issues in society. As a young writer, Jackie is still on the path to search for new experiences and opportunities. In her free time, she loves either spending time outdoors or locked in her room all day reading and watching Youtube, depends on her mood.