Waiting, Shiya Wu
You are sleeping on 400-count sheets
colored fitfully red, your mattress flipped
soft, your shades unworried, your lilies
unanswered. The window is silent, as you
are silent: it is September and you are in love
with a dream of arrival. This year — you can
smell it! — you know it will come. Everything
that needs to. The tang of your memory
like so much past breath.
In September, I remember love. You took
its motion from room to room,
About the Author
Z.L. Zhou · Swarthmore College
Z.L. Zhou is a poet from Tucson, Arizona and Hangzhou, China; currently living in Princeton, New Jersey, in his other life, he is also a linguist. “In the north room” first appeared in Small Craft Warnings, a literary magazine of Swarthmore College.
About the Artist
Shiya Wu · Wheaton College
Shiya Wu graduated from Wheaton College in 2015 with a BA in Studio Art with a minor in Psychology, and is currently working on an MFA in 2D Design at Cranbrook Academy of Art.