The smell of all that is natural -
Feeling the breeze on your face
Smiling and laughing through the leaves
Sitting and enjoying the environment.
That's what it's there for.
Cheering you with its beauty
Keeping you alive with its life
The colors are a picture-perfect scene
Until you reach that unsanitation.
The emptiness and unknown.
Animals run about through the trees
Playing with one another
They have no choice but to ignore -
They can't clean up their home.
Our ignorance must be stopped.
A love for our world is important.
Ignorance cannot be taken,
Keep our home clean and sanitary,
Because the beauty is far more -
And we must keep it that way.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.