The best slice of pizza I ever had was
in the backseat of a gray Honda
at Manhattan Beach,
when night fell before my sister and I had time to
cup the sunset in our hands,
ocean blinking from crimson
to black. My dad was still wearing his business suit,
and he reeked of exhaustion, like
beer and bar soap.
My mom ran her tongue over lipstick-stained teeth
and talked about how young she had been
during the summer she spent on the beaches of Murano.
My sister asked, How come, Daddy,
how come a beach
in California is named after Manhattan?
We dreamt of living
in Manhattan, in a city theatrical enough
to prevent us from missing the sun.
But I was just happy that a Taylor Swift song
was finally playing on the radio
and that I knew the words,
so I could whisper it quietly enough
to hear my voice in my skull (instead of
in my ears)
while we ate pizza
at a curb,
a thousand miles away from
each other. We will forever
be in different continents,
facing outward to the oceans we can see
through the car windows.
Catherine Park is a senior at the Bergen County Academies in New Jersey. high school newspaper. She is a National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medalist and a recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Awards in Arts Education and has earned recognition from the Live Poets Society of NJ. Her work is forthcoming in Aerie International. Besides poetry, her passions include politics, international affairs, and advocacy, and she holds a strong interest in various social and cultural issues of the 21st century. In her free time, she enjoys reading (everything from news articles to YA novels), listening to lo-fi music, and watching Netflix documentaries.
Vicky Wang is a junior from Jericho, New York. She loves photography, design, and music. Her passion for design has helped earned her team a chance to compete at state level competitions. She also loves photography and likes to spend time snapping photos of her setting. When she is not creating, Vicky loves playing badminton, catching up on dramas, and of course watching animal videos until 3 am.