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   What is life?

Oh! What is life?



LIFE IS a stream

Flowing through the land,

Sometimes violently crashing

Against rocks so rough and stiff,

But often calmly rolling

As a waterfall over a cliff.

LIFE IS a present

Appealing to the eyes

And gingerly opened

Revealing a surprise.

LIFE IS a circle,

No beginning, no end.

A continuous cycle

Of meaningful events.

LIFE IS a chess game.

Each move decisively matched.

The players waiting,

Set to attack in a flash.

LIFE IS a detour.

Just when you think

You're on a straight path,

You hit an obstacle

And must take a new track.

LIFE IS an education,

Fun, exciting, new,

Yet difficult, laborious, too.

LIFE is finally a rainbow,

Iris' colorful joy

Shimmering after a rain.

A spectrum of radiant colors

To brighten any day.



That is Life.

Oh! That is life.




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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