Destiny

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by Teren Lee (Malaysia)

April 2021

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Audio: "Destiny" read by Teren Lee

Can the pearl headlands,
with their striped cliff-side rock,
understand that their life is one that will end?
Have moths ever burned like Icarus,
encased in what they love,
when they brushed against the sun?
Will a caterpillar gasping
its last bejewelled breaths
ever know if it'll fly?
If two beings collided a split
second earlier, would the world
be the same?

Teren Lee, age 17 and smitten by numbers and words, draws inspiration from the world taught in classrooms and the vibrant cities she calls home. She’s honoured to have one of her pieces published in "Write the World Review."