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Algebraic Fracture

by Teresa Ng (Aotearoa/New Zealand)

August 2022

Write the World Review

Audio: "Algebraic Fracture," read by Teresa Ng

The fire went down,
and out
Of my toes
After Screeching past my knees and pacing my veins

It took its time at first but then said “Screw it” and surprised me

I double over and Topple down,
and through To somewhere I Shouldn’t be

Sugary tears leak out of every crack and
Pen mark in the bathroom Wall

And I feel Perfectly
Alright again

Back to class back to work back to Overwhelming Information
Back to my classmates staring through my Soul and into my fears and Dreams

“We’re going over question 3a.”

“Oh—thank you”

And I sink down,
and into
The pages of the
Gamma Mathematics (third edition) Workbook.

If I had 3 shots of espresso and a screaming mess of words on the page multiplied my anxiety by 4000, how many panic attacks did I have by class 5?

The answer is just 1, but it was enough to make my chinese calligraphy go
wobbly on the page

Teresa Ng, 15, is a poet from Aotearoa who looks to convey raw emotion in her writing. Her poetry arises when she spins her experiences into beautiful words—something she wishes she could do in real life.

#Academia          #Childhood

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Celina Johnson

3/15/23, 5:10 PM

I am seeing all of your comments, and BLESS YOU ALL, thank you so much for wishing me well on this journey, your kind words will certainly help me get there! ❤️❤️

Here's my linkedin, just in case:
I hope I can do that lol

3/13/23, 3:01 AM


3/10/23, 6:30 PM

You write beautifully and with so much passion. Wonderful writing Taieba,


2/28/23, 3:57 PM

"I am trying to tell you wish I were a boy
but you mis-trans-late the words and hear
wish I were less of a girl." This is my favourite statement from here! A trans-formative piece :)

Denise Cyrus

2/28/23, 5:26 AM

What a wonderful piece of writing! I cannot wait to see how you will change the world for the better with your words! I am proud of you and am even prouder to call you my friend!

John Strebe

2/27/23, 11:43 PM

Fun to read, causing me to want to make one of these creations and the devour the result. Sophia, thanks for sharing your creativity with us

Lilies and Peonies

2/27/23, 7:00 PM

Wow, you have been through so much. What a terrible time to be living through, so many lives broken, lost, or insecure because of the war. I'm praying for you that God would protect you and your family, and that he would keep you until the war ends.

Ray Pauley

2/27/23, 4:58 PM

Sophia is my granddaughter and I am very, very proud of her and her writings. I am sure we will be seeing a lot more of her written words in the future!

Leighton Highley

2/24/23, 7:41 PM

How do I add a poem? <3


2/21/23, 6:39 AM

Amazing writing here. I love the force this piece gives. You write so creatively.


2/21/23, 6:37 AM

Congratulations on getting published!

Pastel daydream

2/20/23, 10:55 PM

This is IT!

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