Human of my dream: barefoot, barefoot, barefoot.
I was running in my dream, barefoot in the green,
standing in a field—in a small circle between the trees.
The flowers tickled my ankles with their dancing
around the pond. You left footsteps in my sleep,
and I tried to walk the mile you left behind.
We met in a puddle of uncertainty, the pond between two of us.
I looked at the small waters, my own face was then watching me.
Yet the face inside the pond belonged to another girl:
the person before warmth, before knowing about dreams.
Life finds color and becomes that color—there is a name for my skin:
Oats, wheats, the honey jarred inside our eyes, heating us both from within.
I turned my back to the crossroads to face you, to see you, to feel you.
I sit by the pond, barefoot. Flowers are crowning my feet, and my gaze coating you.
Overachiever Magazine was started by Rehana Paul in October of 2018 to give a platform to all Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities.
Our name is poking fun at the stereotype that all Asians are overachievers, especially Asian women, non-binary people, and other gender minorities. It’s also in recognition of all of us who have had no choice but to be overachievers: managing societal expectations, family obligations, and educational opportunities, all while fighting the patriarchy.
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