Don’t Do This

하지마요 – 이은현

기억하다. 아직도 기억하다.
밤에 기억하다.
매일 기억하다.

째깍째깍. 째깍째깍.

안 하고 싶은데.
그래도 내 기억은 껌 처럼 내 머리 속에붙어있다.
아침에 일어나면 숨을 쉴수없다.

헐떡 헐떡.
마음이 노무 빨이 뒨고다.

헐떡 헐떡.
목이 마르다.

헐떡 헐떡.
내 몸이 땀을 흘린다.

내눈은 다.
그가 다.

“나는 이제 안 할에.”

Don’t Do This

I remember. Even now I still remember.
At night I remember.
Also at daybreak I remember.
I remember everyday.

Tick tock. Tick tock.

I don’t want to.
But still my memories are stuck like gum to the inside of my head.
When I wake up in the morning I can’t breathe.

*Gasp Gasp*
My heart is beating too fast.

*Gasp Gasp*
My throat is dry.

*Gasp Gasp*
My body is dripping sweat.

My eyes are opened.
He is there.

“I don’t want to do this anymore.”

Grace Lee (1996) is a Korean American writer and artist. She uses writing and art to express her passions for literature, music, beauty, and fashion as well as the cultural and social customs and issues of today in both American and South Korean society. Her hobbies include socializing with friends, walking/yoga, and reading. She is studying for a bachelor’s degree in creative writing at the University of California San Diego, where she is currently working on a short story about unhealthy relationships.