Amber Wang: “I Remember”
I remember speeding down the railed ramp, at the back gate of the Heritage Park island near the bathrooms, on my skateboard.
I remember finally making that turn onto the stretch of sidewalk next to the small parking lot.
I remember not making the next, sharper turn, skateboard flying into the street and me flying off the skateboard.
I remember concrete crumbs dirtying torn tights and weeping cuts.
I remember limping home, the sandpaper grip on my board rubbing into skinned palms.
I remember slipping through the wired gate into the gray valley of Coyote Creek, next to the Kumon building off South and Carmenita.
I remember climbing to the top of the smooth, sloping cliff clinging to the side of the water channel.
I remember my skateboard trembling under my feet as I stared down at cold concrete.
I remember kicking off and feeling the wind tug at my hair.
I remember flying,
but this time I did not fall.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Southern California, Amber Wang is a TEDxWhitney speaker and junior at Gretchen Whitney High School. She is interested in anything humanities-related because she loves learning about people, but she's still working on her people skills. At school, she can be found banging it out on the taiko drums or getting heated over classroom debates, but at home, she likes to take naps or chill on the front yard with the stray cats. Amber loves experiencing stories through books (fanfiction), music, and spoken word. She plans on publishing a collection of her poetry someday, but for now she enjoys sharing her work on her Instagram poetry account, @amb.irb.