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Nana's Lamp This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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    When I was little, I prized it the most above all ordinary

things.

When I visited Nana, I would stand there for hours

admiring its glory and grace.



its carved golden base was a wondrous work,

and in light the gold was so brilliant.

Off of its trunk there were great golden branches

that seemed to reach out for a touch.

And off of these branches hung emerald leaves

that sparkled and twinkled and winked.

To top all of this there was a green velvet lampshade

that set the whole tree in an elegant glow.

A soft yellow light crept from under the velvet

and lit all the leaves with a cold emerald fire.

Its beauty was such that I stood there and shivered.

It surely is worth a million or so.



To see it today it seems very tacky with its

spray painted base

and chintzy glass leaves.

But when I was five there was nothing finer than

Nana's emerald tree.




This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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