I Examined the Moment
I examined the moment for fractures, for signs that the moment would not hold.
I examined the moment in order to determine how much of it was mine, and for how long.
I examined the moment only to realize it might actually be more than a moment, maybe part of one larger moment.
I whispered to and shouted at and caressed the moment, pushed and pulled.
But the moment held, still and steady, with a heartbeat all its own.
It told me to go on to the next moment, and that it would soon be gone.
So I did move on to another moment, and then another, though I knew I had fallen in love.
I was born in Hefei, adopted and raised by my mom in Sacramento, and currently write, make art, fold cranes, sing, and work as a librarian in Boston. I received my BA in English and Literary Arts from Brown University and my MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons University. After graduating from college, I went to live and work in South Africa for about a year thanks to a Fulbright grant. I have written several books under my own name and a pen name, and am working on more, including my beloved Little World Forms: Experiments in Sentence-Level Utopias. Art-wise, I often paint birds, trees, and roses, but am trying to branch out and look at things for a longer time in general. I believe love can be a beautiful and infinite cycle and try to put it into the world in small, platonic, and meaningful ways.