I. my name is erin lynn,
based on my chinese name,
ye an ling. peaceful, clever, daughter of the leaves.
my mother almost named me ann,
but feared i'd turn out boring.
i almost wish i was duller.
II. i come from three different worlds.
just like i have two names, i change tongues between
home and the outside world.
this white long island town knows nothing about shanghai summers,
the ones i might have lived through had Baba and Mama not made the move
all those years ago.
the third world is inside my own head,
swirling colors and creative pursuits;
i am admittedly a spazz.
III. i am obsessed with learning languages.
at the age of five i got thrown into a spanish classroom,
y ahora hablo español con la fluidez de de un río.
i speak mandarin with my family and english with my friends and in this way
i keep my life neatly inside boxes,
minimal spillage to be seen.
in school i take latin,
quod lingua latina est lingua materi.
this summer i am learning french,
pourquoi est une langue très belle.
i'm also learning python
print("because it too is a language")
and i'm fluent in treble, tenor, and bass clefs.
IV. speaking of music,
it lives in my soul.
it doesn't matter if you're johannes bach, tupac, or chance the rapper;
of you have the soul i want to hear it.
(my spotify is erin.lynn.ye, share yours in the comments <3)
i play the cello and the piano and
while i'll never be yo yo ma or lang lang,
i've been told i really feel it when i play
and i do.
V. my exercises of choice are distance running and race walking.
my favorite food is sweet potato.
i love making smoothies.
i've kept a journal everyday since the seventh grade.
i'm mildly boy obsessed but continuously disappointed hahaha
on my left hand, my thumb looks like a toe. my other thumb is normal!
it took me a while to get here, but i'm fiercely proud of my identity and finally ready to share my stuff.
for a year and a half i lived in hong kong! i miss it terribly.
thank you for making me feel so welcome already <3.
I figured I needed a way to introduce myself and network, so my oh my here we are!