plain china: best undergraduate writing

Volume One : Issue One

Aubade


by Gabrielle Kappes

The Blind Chase by Nabin Mulepati

“before their feeling died out completely, before Time altered / them”
—“Before Time Altered Them,”
Constantine P. Cavafy


I

I unearth Ty,
diving for
anemones.
Our bronze bodies
spring from the
eastern lemon sea.

Sailing
rings round
volcanoes,
I feed him figs,
his hands
scan my
apricot
skin, he sighs
Aurora,
kissing my
coral lips.

I dream
of the Sun-god,
august
in his auric chariot,
before
the veil of sand
clouds my eyes.

II

But awake
beside him,
bound in a
linen cocoon,
dawn’s peach lashes
brush his hair white, and
sketch
topographic maps
on his brows.

We watch
sun’s spears
spew from
Palaio Frourio’s
twin peaks,
minutes shaft
into years, into
photographs
framed.

III

Each morning,
I devour
pomegranates
until I’m seventeen,
and through pink haze
hear
chirps
drifting from
our bedroom
door.

At night
his bony
carapace
scratches
the sheets.

About the Author


Gabrielle Kappes

Wheaton College

Gabrielle Kappes received a B.A. in English with a concentration in poetry from Wheaton College in Massachusetts in 2009. She was editor-in-chief of Rushlight, Wheaton’s literary and arts magazine, from 2006 to 2009.