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A Decade Later

Mila Bee


it all feels

so different

once you get to

know the real version

at first it hurts

almost like a bee sting

but then it stays inflated

for weeks to eventually

blossom into an iris

that guides you

towards a path of independence

there you might meet
a fountain shaped
like a triangle
it will grant you
one thing but
only if you provide
good reason not to
get it yourself

then it will ask

for you to sit down

focus on the motion

of stirring gas station coffee

to the rhythm of

sweet sixteen

Mila Bee, born in 2006 in Ottawa, discovered her love for creative writing in 7th grade when her English teacher would make the students write for the first 30 minutes of class. Encouraged by her parents and friends, she auditioned for CEAO’s concentration d’écriture et créations littéraire in May 2019 and officially became part of the program the following school year. When she’s not doing homework, Mila spends her time writing, reading across genres, and baking vegan food from scratch.

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