For Father against my will

Yejin Suh

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Glen Rock, New Jersey

Glen Rock High School

Poetry

Sometimes it is better to raze

                a forest, than to leave it


untouched. A deerling unchained

                knows the way his tendrils


shake, how hooves stamp & suture

               through dirt to pack the world


that was once together. I would follow him

               against birdsong, which is


to say, grow twice my size & hesitate

               between killing, or wounding.


The bite of woodland is an illusion

               of my own name. Those sloping


antlers I pressed my thumb down—flat—

               splinter to nothing. I am so


angry I could weep a wounded animal. I

               could cleave the earth in two


& nestle inside in open hiding. I

              could, I could, I could. Let the


purple organs of my body decay

               into root. This whole time,


I have been watching from afar,

              shadowed under bark.


EDITORIAL PRAISE

Full of mystical imagery and captivating abstract language, this poem delicately balances tender innocence and raw emotion. The rich woodland scenery is woven with a powerful sense of strength, creating an incredible juxtaposition that leaves the reader returning to the piece again and again.

Y.A. Suh is a writer based in New Jersey.

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