Where Are You, Brooke? by Liya Cui (Vol. 6 2017)

I showed Brooke how to write her name in Mandarin

At lunch she gave me her string beans

At recess I made her a daisy chain

She told me she got a hundred dollars for eating ice cream


We caught lizards with our hands

And took secret baths together

And built a complicated handshake

Neither of us could remember


When Brooke cried under the bed

I didn’t know what to do

So I’d brush her hair back

And she’d get better soon


Then Brooke asked me to run away with her

Too afraid I said no where would we go

It didn’t matter she said

Just come



There’s not much of a point to this

I just miss Brooke


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