They All Return in Grays and Blues

Ailin Cao


Let me show you to the anteroom,
atrium if you will. I was myself
for Halloween, unwillingly. The right answer is
“I’m sorry.” Children gulp their breaths,
icy. I pummel you red and you beat it.
Still you run circles through me.
I wish I were scary.

I’ve missed you; I’ve missed you. How have
you been? My gratitude is carmine
and slippery, it decays. I descend shivering down
the stairs. The fat squirrels barely have time
to gasp. I found one on the concrete, spread.
Perhaps he’d had a heart attack.


Ailin Cao is responsible for PCDC’s Teen Club youth program, which provides high school students with free bilingual SAT and college application workshops, as well as a Sports Night. She also assists with general print and digital media design and outreach. She enjoys discovering new music in her free time.