Illustration by Leanna.

Illustration by Leanna.

Choy-Ping Clarke-Ng

The Sea Is a Reflection

Ninety-five percent of the world’s oceans
are yet to be explored by humans—
as is my body (my ocean);

it’s an expanse of pale canvas,
occasionally route-marked by old scars, old freckles
and new bumps.

Every contact with this skin / sea sends
R I P P L E S throughout and sometimes storms.
I never drown though—I never let her.