My Utopia This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   My Utopia by K. M., W. Hempstead,NY

As I look up I see the world above. The luminous sunlooks down on me. Below, I see no end - only the darkness ofthe abyss. As I submerge deeper, my eyes open as I become partof the life in the sea. The fish pass as I sway in thecurrent. I feel as if I am floating in outer space. My body isweightless as my limbs dangle in the midst of the sea. I takenotice of the vivid colors it holds, the bright yellows andfluorescent reds that catch my eye. My heart is filled withjoy as I take in the beauty. I approach the bottom. I slowlytouch down onto the floor as if landing on the moon. Everymovement is so slow. I bring my hands forward to see what liesunderneath the silty bottom. My hands dig into the muddy oceanfloor to retrieve a piece of history. A remarkable piece ofcraftsmanship, my gold from the ocean. I place the old glassbottle carefully into my bag and look at its beauty. When Ibegin my ascent back to the surface, I cannot believe I wasgiven this opportunity. Not everyone has a chance toexperience that. When I try to explain the feelings I havewhen scuba diving, I run out of words. I usually tell peoplethat it is as if I have found heaven - a place where all isperfect and where beauty and happiness are plentiful. Theocean is my utopia.

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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