A breath of fresh air
is often a new beginning.
The dancing trees in the distance
distract us from the problems of the world.
We begin to forget the sweat accumulating
on our foreheads as we look onward.
We hike on into the unknown and untouched
Over the cliff,
across from our temporary home,
we see many different lives.
Birds are singing songs
and dancing to their own melodies.
Animals wrestle in the leaves
and leave rough tracks behind.
We feel the fresh cold water as we drink
from a stream and hear a small waterfall
trickling down in a distance.
Wide open spaces trigger a release of emotions.
Like a breath of fresh air for the first time.
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.