Featured in the 2016 Spring Issue of Rambunctious
The Definition of Community Sofia Liaw, '19 We lived in a digital world, Intent on googling experience And asking Siri what it meant to exist Until sudden extraction from the "world" We knew inside a screen. Zoomed in on Google Earth To a suburb no one has heard of Wait the milliseconds For the images of home to focus. Transported to a place out of Story books and country music, Made of indecisive wind A Home Depot's worth of colors Unlike the obligatory artificial happiness Manufactured from an everlasting summer The truth against what we were told Block Parties, Ingredient lending, Mumbled good mornings at the bus stop Versus self seeking texts, The absence of compassion, And the refusal to speak, Everything within minutes... Not miles. A fairy tale setting where it's Safe to ride bikes on the shoulder of the road. Set against a demanding world, Placed in grids and colored in lines, Here you can sit amidst uneven grass And passionate air to watch a violent sky Turn tame and beautiful.