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  • Writer's pictureChristina Chang

Curiosity Killed the Cat

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Statement: My curiosity and ambition to try new things have been both my greatest strength and greatest weakness. I’ve grappled with the question: At what point does so much become too much? While the answer will vary from person to person, I envision this poem to encourage my audience to ponder this question before reaching the point of “too much.”


It is said “Curiosity killed the cat.”

I’d always pictured it happened suddenly:

A cat lured into danger, chasing a rat —

But what if death snuck up slyly, gradually


Eroding a facade of tenacity?

Ambition’s akin to curiosity;

Straight A’s and splendid extracurriculars…

A burnt out high schooler silently suffers.


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