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

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I see the forest through a blue filter.
It's like I'm underwater, though I'm sitting on a log.
The trees, tall around me, glisten in the snow's bright light.
It's almost serene,
but not quite.
At the edges of my vision, suburbia sits quietly.
Every few minutes, a jet passes overhead.
There is no escape
from what we have made.
The branding is everywhere:
the clothes I wear,
this pen, this paper.
They all share one thing with the quaint homes that surround me from afar
and all the faceless souls trapped within them.
There are a billion others,
just like them,
scattered across the earth.
Is this really worth your time?

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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