All posts tagged: perah ralin

everything is beautiful / words and photography

Words by Perah Ralin. Portrait of Perah Ralin by Somi Jun. i crave you and the comfort you bring fingers reaching to brush back a bit of hair the sigh of each strand as you bless them with your touch lights overhead flicker as i wait for you fingers reaching to delve deep into my chest wrapping ribs sternum lungs away from flesh and mouth opens empty and a little bit of breath escapes into the air and dissipates blistering bands of burn i want you to be here watch as it curls smoke in the air into my lungs your lungs and for a moment we are one cough it up, particle by particle i take the words from your tongue as they fall from your teeth the scent calls and drifts back settling in the film and filling in the cracks tell me how you feel on a one two three scale one to see two to hear three to be with me but back and forth we dance one two two and …

“Superficial” by Perah Ralin

Photograph by Taek. Words by Perah Ralin. All rights reserved. Cigarette smoke slipped from her lips as she talked, floating past crusty lip liner and dissipating in the muggy summer air. Her elbows and arms fluttered when she got excited, her frail body shaking with the movement. She reached for her worn navy backpack as she stood up, spilling the contents of it across her lap and towards me, inciting a small expulsion of air from her nostrils. I help her collect her wrinkled math homework, and my fingertips brush hers. She looks up at me for a second, expression unreadable, before she bares her teeth in some sort of uncomfortable smile. Once, I made a joke and she laughed. When I get home, I lie in my ancient sticker covered bunk bed and imagine her laugh. I imitate it into the dark, and I almost get the gravelly sputtering start right, but I stop when my father comes in and tells me that I’m disturbing my mother’s sleep. The next time I see her, …