Richard Xiao


Laces, writhing like venomous snakes ready to strike

Rubber soles dark as a wintery night in the arctic

Foot slips into the gaping entrance

Unaware of what awaits

Toes engulfed in darkness

Heel hits the bottom with a thud

Laces quickly tighten and constrict

And trap the foot like a chain link fence

The foot is unable to change its inevitable