[This student submission was selected to appear in Lēʻahi, a student journal of creative arts that includes poetry, fiction, drama, film scripts, autobiography, narrative, creative nonfiction, art, and photography. For inquiries and information about submissions, contact Board of Student Publications.]

By Janet Liao

I dream of a place amongst the stars
where I can ascend.
I am a constellation,
housing the stars within me.
I will shine even in the darkest nights.
People look up to me, search for me,
eyes and minds admiring me. 

But I am not a star,
I will never know how it feels.
So I lay on Earth
looking up at my dreams.