Insidious drizzles
Nearly gray
Ventures, sniffles
Into crevices
Sheltered ‘way
In case menaces
Bound by the bitterness
Led astray
Erased her wilderness

Gaunt with ambition
Infinitesimal prey
Readied for fission
Leers of existence’s decay.

This poem was written on a Hemingway-type-beat rainy day, in which I had lost my color and warmth in the deluge. Feeling like a raindrop in the incessant flood of life, weary from the muddy ground of the world, I wonder if I will ever be able to find the meaning of life, achieve my true dreams, find my destination, and be remembered after death.

Chloe Lau

High school senior Chloe Lau is an aspiring journalist attending Blair Academy. Chloe wrote for Young Post of South China Morning Post, the largest English newspaper in her hometown, Hong Kong as a Junior Reporter from 2017 to 2020, and worked as a full-time summer cadet in 2019. During her American education, she remains an active writer and editor at The Oracle, and took part in the Medill Cherubs Journalism Program with Northwestern University over the summer. Chloe enjoys reporting on a wide variety of topics, from sports profiles, personal essays, to occasional poetry when she falls into an existential crisis.

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