By: Hannah S.E. Ling

All the Air

What if all the air in the world stopped?
If it stood very still in libraries,
on hiking trails, in cities,
and just waited?

People would know.

We’d come in our millions to see it:
air unmoved by anything or anyone.
There would be quiet;
for one hour, the world would be still.
And in this quiet – who knows?
Perhaps we’d have a chance of peace.


Hannah S.E. Ling is fifteen years old and lives in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.