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   One day I found a ladybug.

I captured her

letting her scurry up and down my

fingers - barely tickling my skin.

She was the perfect image of

a true lady.

Beautiful and graceful.

I realized that I had taken from

her her freedom - all she had,

Besides beauty.

But I could not let her go free.

And so turning my hand

One finger after another

She tip-toed fixedly without destination.

As I tried to balance her and walk,

She fell and melted into the black

And red speckled floor tile.

For a moment, I caught her movement,

But then she fell again amid the spots.

Left to crawl in the place which

Was not her home. Camouflaged forever.

I had set her free.

And now she had lost her beauty.


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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