I try to catch dreams with the green of a butterfly net,
They always seem to evade me,
Falling through fibers
I suppose I lose dreams as fast as I find them.
I lose my nets,
I find them creased into dreams
Dreamed into creases,
They unfurl in my hands
And I see my mind in binary code
Like cracked circuits
And as I don a skirt of electric fires
I dance to the broken time of a broken beat of a broken wire of a broken net
Like a broken butterfly
I slip through the green until
All I taste is chlorophyll.
Tobi Park is a sophomore at Orange County School of the Arts. She was the youngest speaker for the 2016 TedxValenciaHighSchool. She is a member of NHS, Project Director in World Religion and Philosophy Club, and She runs an intracurricular club, WAV, that helps other students to write creatively. She has been published in Adonis Designs Press, Basil O’Flaherty (2 pieces), Phosphene Literature Journal, Chautauqua Journal, Panoplyzine, Rattle and SOLA. She is a National Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, having recieved one Honorable Mention, one Silver Key, and three Gold Keys. She also won 3rd place with her team in the slam poetry competition, OC RYSE. Tobi writes for many reasons; one of them is to inspire change. She wants to change the world, and in her opinion, change doesn’t have to be big. Maybe she can bring a new perspective to light. Maybe her words can bring joy. To her, any small shift can be change.