Qi Xi

you should fly
fragile bones
and your heart
beat
beat
beat
your gilded cage

cannot
hold you

the stars call your name
and the nebulas
are your skies
the Pleiades
your home

somewhere,
they meet, hand in hand,
the bridge of your kin

a red wedding string
joining generation
after generation

you should fly
fragile bones
and your heart
beat the song
of
starry hope

stay strong,
dear heart,
stay strong.

Joyce Chng

Joyce Chng writes science fiction and YA. She likes steampunk and tales of transfiguration/transformation. Her stories have has appeared in The Apex Book of World SF II, We See A Different Frontier, Cranky Ladies of History, and Accessing The Future. Joyce has also co-edited a Southeast Asian steampunk anthology titled THE SEA IS OURS: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia with Jaymee Goh. She tweets at @jolantru.

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