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Crooked Creeks

by Elijah Liu (Singapore)

April 2021

Write the World Review

Audio: "Crooked Creeks" read by Ajay Nair

Water waits and wastes away in wilted states. It waxes and wanes in winter weather and slips away in the spring fever. Then cascading down like curtains of concrete, it comes with torrentuous might. Like the songbirds, I settle for a quiet creek. One that crackles in cautionary places and curves with crooked faces. Gently gushing in the glistening greenwood. I settle for the broken brook. Trickling tears of old trees so softly subdued in a season so sweet. A tiny torrent terraforming over time. Slow to sway yet powerful enough to prove its might. The succulent shimmer of sweet summer water rushing down and calling out to the extensions of the universe. So self-contained and self-preserved that its savoury sap suffices. The brook barks to the beasts of oblivion. Breaking the barriers brutally binding the spheres of the natural realm. Quiet it is on a starry night. Sure to elongate the rest of the napping sky. I settle for crooked creeks. For they run so beautifully in a crooked niche.

Elijah Liu, age 18, is a student with a love for writing. Frequent reptile enthusiast and avid music fanatic, he procrastinates school work by writing random words in unseen notepads.

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6/26/22, 1:46 PM

Wow you are so talented! I relate this a lot to my paternal grandfather who passed away two years ago and is very similar to yours. Sometimes family can judge you but I agree you should learn to live in the present and be happy with out having a fancy job/being married. Keep up the great work!

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:15 PM

You've done a wonderful job here.
Your intricate descriptions of the race and the emotions conferred by it is excellent.
Thank you!

6/22/22, 8:13 PM

Ediomo Bright

6/22/22, 8:09 PM

You've done a beautiful work here.
The flow of the story, the gripping emotions it enthralls the reader with, it's very wonderful.
Thank you for this.


6/18/22, 6:08 AM

This write-up is absolutely amazing. It made me realize why I am who I am, and I could also relate a lot. Hope you never stop writing, and I hope to read a full-length book from you soon!<3


6/17/22, 2:50 AM

It was so good to read..i really liked the description the storyline ,the plot ,everything 👍


6/7/22, 3:25 PM

This piece is a beautiful reminder of how ugly teenage years can be. It's real and it hurts but it's so good. Please never stop writing!


6/7/22, 3:15 PM

Your description of the change and how sometimes our parents don't have words to tell us that they love us and use material things as a substitute is relatable. My family has never really been open about their feelings but we show our love through little things and that's why it hit so close to home. I love this piece! Keep up your amazing work!


5/30/22, 9:05 PM

This was beautifully written.


5/25/22, 11:06 AM

Where to read the further story??

Allana Frost

5/25/22, 2:45 AM

This is incredible and heartbreaking and real. I’m glad I stopped to read :)


5/24/22, 12:26 PM

I love the way you wrote the story. The fine description of the burn in thighs made it relatable 😳. Pls keep up your amazing work!! :)