…the brown crawls
through the white unfallen
ceiling tiles
like salt into watercolor,
painful flowers
inside fleshy tissues—
beautiful, cancerous;

my grandmother’s lungs.

About Jesse: Jesse Ko is a poet, an artist, and an avid journal writer. He grew up in three different cities—Hong Kong, New York City, and Bangkok, but New York is where he identifies as home. Jesse was recently teaching kindergarten in Bangkok for two years where he discovered his love for teaching, and now he is back in New York, studying for his master’s degree in art education at Teachers College, and being thankful.

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