On the fifth day of the A-to-Z Challenge, I thought for hours about what to write for ‘E’. Then I had a chat with a nice friend and at last I got an idea. 🙂  Of course, I had to submit my first assignment for the 10 Premodern Poems by Women course at Stanford University today. So, I managed to submit that first before I posted my write-up for ‘E’. You can see the listing of all free online public courses at Stanford University here.

Today’s write-up is not an article, but a poem. I love writing poems in all manner of styles, but today’s poem is in free verse. Hope you like it. 😉

E for Epiphany


To find beauty in every object
And every living thing
Such is the wonder of life worth living
To see the silver lining on every grey cloud
The beauty of a tropical storm
To see past the illusions of grandeur
To delight in the morning dew and rising sun
Such is a life worth living

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
7 April 2015

Autumn in Mt. Meili National Park (October 2013)
Autumn in Mt. Meili National Park, Shangri-La, Yunnan Province, China (October 2013)

Why do you try so hard?

As writers, what can we say? Does what we say matter? Can we truly make a difference in the world through our words? That was my thought for today, and so that first thought led to the urge to write a social commentary.


Best version of you

Why do you
Why do you try?
Try so hard?

Just be
Be yourself
Just love yourself
Love all your curves

Do you know, girl
You are the best
The best version
Best of you

Your hair
Your skin
Your nose
Your eyes

Your waist
Your eyebrows
Your arms and legs
Your curves and valleys

You are the best version
The best version of you
You should love
Love yourself

You don’t need
Don’t need to
Try so very hard
To please others

Because, girl
Don’t you know?
You are the best
Best version of you

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
14 July 2014


This poem was inspired by the single Try by Grammy Award-winning, singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat. The song was released on her new EP, Gypsy Heart Side A. It makes a strong statement about beauty ideals. Actually, I wrote the poem while I was listening to the song. 🙂  You can see the video and hear the song at LifeBuzz.

Poetic style
This poem was written in the style of a shape poem. A shape poem describes something in prose as well as shape. To find out more about shape poems, visit the Young Writers’ Website.