two brothers sit down
next to a complete family for a photo,
looking lost like Van Gogh’s ears.
cruel solid color and harsh scribbles in Grinch green:
dirty underwear, hair ball, expired homework . . .
packed room. one room. former garage.
deaf they are to the community,
and it is deaf and blind.
choking on letters, cannot pronounce their liberties.
cold under starry nights in this foreign nation,
under the glorious flag
of stars and stripes fluttering like oily impression.
shut up like a silent town.
they miss Asia already.
Visa a prison sentence.
two sunflowers lessening the yellow.
Mike Yim is a junior attending Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California. He has won a few recognition awards like regional recognition in Scholastic Art and Writing Award and a national recognition in Live Poets Society's National High School Poetry Contest. His work will also be published by Live Poets Society and Teenage Wasteland Review. He hopes to continue the study of creative writing in college.