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I say, for you

by Evelyn Van Cauwelaert (Belgium)

February 2023

Write the World Review

Audio: "I say, for you," read by Anna O'Connor

Warmed up? warmed up? there is a train waiting for you,
when you wish the sun never sowed a day for you.

if you’re cold my lips will listen to your hands until
they’ve peeled off winter and it’s forever May for you.

I’ll tap in morse code on your temple and you’ll know
why night chips at your shoulder, why I play for you.

but no, I can’t saw wisdom out of a star if
you blink my words empty when I pray for you.

so when I scry your name, wait until the dark’s bloomed
first. you’ll grow into tomorrow in the right way for you.

Evelyn Van Cauwelaert, age 18, comes from Belgium. She is fascinated by languages and is pursuing an English-Spanish literature degree at university. In her spare time she can be found writing her novel or sketching on her lecture notes. For this ghazal she wanted to conjure hope out of the cold.

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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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