See the End by Kena Mallender

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Art courtesy of Rachel Kertz

Run, run,

Run through this life,

Mind your head

On the ivy leaves.


Kick off your shoes

Soak your toes in the dirt

Stab them in the tree

Hold your position, keep your balance,


Now, fly!

Fly upwards still

In contact with the earth,

In the air, in the tree, in the ground.


See the tops of the trees

See the little dot clouds

See the end of the world

Feel infinite.



Kena MallenderKena Mallender is 13 and goes to Manly Selective Campus on the Northern Beaches. She plays saxophone and reads a lot, and she is learning Japanese.




Rachel Kertz was born in a small town in Missouri in 1988. While earning her degree at Southeast Missouri State University, she became interested in photography and began using her commutes as excuses to go on long drives through the rural countrysides, hoping to find locations and abandoned houses to photograph. She hopes to convey relatable stories in her images that speak to her audience on themes such as loneliness, love, exploration, and the feeling of being alone in unconventionally beautiful places. You can find more of her work here:

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