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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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12/3/22, 12:37 AM

Gretel Alberta

11/19/22, 9:15 AM

This is a masterpiece.... Well done


10/12/22, 2:00 AM

An amazing piece on climate change. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:58 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I love this! Could read this over and over again.


10/12/22, 1:56 AM

Such a beautiful piece Lyat. Congratulations!


10/12/22, 1:54 AM

From your piece, you're an inspiration and a driven person who wants to make the world better. I hope you get to achieve all these and I hope you receive all the support.


10/12/22, 1:48 AM

Brilliant and educative in all aspects!


10/12/22, 1:43 AM

Everything about this piece has perfectly collided with the perfect words. Teen years are special and form a concrete part of a person's life. Glad I read this now. It's a beautiful piece.


9/29/22, 4:40 PM

Lovely piece!

Tom Lofft

9/24/22, 2:13 PM

Was this inspired by flights over Iceland?


9/24/22, 10:04 AM

Amazing. I love it.


9/23/22, 7:34 AM

This is just so good!!!! "The air has been poisoned' I love how you describe things! Congrats :))