The following piece is published as part of our TLM Young Writers series, a dedicated section of The London Magazine‘s website which showcases the work of exceptional young talent aged between 13-21, from the UK and beyond.

Leemar Sheriff


Empty. Darkness. Lifeless.
Space can beguile us.
It can confuse, frighten, terrify whoever it chooses
Or addict stargazers, forcing them to find excuses
As to why it captures their lives, their attention.
Centuries of philosophers could not deny its impression.
Natural. Beautiful. Turbulent.
One would wonder if space is permanent.
It’s the ultimate master, ever-expanding
It broadens our understanding
Of ourselves and the planet we live on
Intriguing, pulsing like a black swan
Shielding stars that hide in plain sight
Transforming in its role of the honourable knight.
Superior. Mysterious. Overflowing.
Space is unique, captivating.
It can shake and destroy fundamental beliefs
Or allow freedom to experience its release
Empowers individuals as the desire for knowledge ignites
Simply through the wonders of the eternal night.
Leemar Sheriff is a fifteen year old student from London. She loves space, astronomy computer science, music and writing poems.

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