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Speculative Lotus

by Lucas Lui

You should have seen me 

When I was on my bed of navy-blue star flowers


I was picking petals of you – tossing them like the 

Conflictions I had from the he loves me; he loves me not.

Forget-me-nots fill my desperate cup. Maybe if you had spoken the 

Truth, even if the vase shook, we would still be intact without artificiality. 

Maybe if the wind had told me 

To let you go by the first gale,

I wouldn’t have started this Fox Hunt – I’m getting tired. 

Your comfortability means touch-starved 

From the sun, to be lost in closed roots. 

The weather brought me up wrong, I shouldn’t have

Nurtured diamonds.

Yet in the mud, the nature’s clear – we were nipped in the bud long before.


Lucas Lui is a junior attending Monsignor Farrell, developing his poetry in his high school’s Writing Studio. Lucas has been awarded the Scholastic Art and Writing Silver Key in Poetry and has been featured on Brooklyn Poets’ Poem of the Day. In addition, Lucas has gained “Poet Laureate status” at his high school, writing a tribute poem each year that introduces the pages of the senior class’s annually published Memory Book. In his free time, Lucas enjoys dabbling in the fiber arts, spending time at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and interacting with animals.


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