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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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3/9/24, 12:43 AM

This was absolutely a good read! 😃

Ushing Mya

11/24/23, 4:42 PM

I'm amazed by your deep perception towards little things of life! Keep glowing dear Taieba.

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:28 AM

I'll like to see more of your writing

Fatima Ismail

10/4/23, 10:26 AM

Gsk I love it!

dont care

10/3/23, 7:58 PM

womp womp


9/29/23, 2:03 AM


9/29/23, 2:03 AM

Wow..just wow. Ridiculous words I know. I just stumbled across your poem as this is my first time on the website and I landed this masterpiece. As an immigrant myself, I could relate to several aspects of this. Your use of imagery, symbolism, and allusion is outstanding


9/17/23, 8:43 AM

Powerful. Spreading the truth some don't think about, some don't have to worry about. A great and strong piece.

9/16/23, 2:41 AM

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Aisha Yaakub

8/25/23, 10:35 PM

Excellent and amazing

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