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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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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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