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

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     There are blackberries
Nestled in my curls,
And beneath the thorns
The dark treasures lurk.
And spiraling down my neck,
A grapevine grows,
The bright berries shaking merrily as I step.
And if you breathe lightly,
You can smell the slight musk of the orange papaya
Growing deep inside my chest,
Cuddled against the warmth of my beating heart.
And the jewels I carry,
Plentiful in my hands,
Are the tiny seeds of pomegranate.
And sitting high atop my shoulders,
A bunch of green bananas,
Firm and healthy
The sun will ripen,
Tanning my skin.
My warm blood pulsates,
Bringing life
To the golden pineapple,
Nestled inside a set of ribs,
Taking cover while it grows larger
And larger still.
An umbilical cord
Suckles a watermelon,
Enveloped in darkness
And growing steadily.
The moist nothingness,
Positive against negative,
Is good for growing.
How all life starts.

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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Lily">This teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Jan. 16 at 10:45 pm
i love this so much!
Jasmine-Anne said...
Apr. 3, 2016 at 1:06 pm
Wow, that was really good, I've never read anything quiet like it. I liked how you compared the fruit to the parts of your body and tied it back to life. It's very original and refreshing.
Balloo This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 6, 2013 at 5:11 am
I was really happy to read this. It's very original and I've never heard anything like it before. I'm so used to reading poetry about sadness, heartbreak and love. This is really refreshing and uplifting. Thankyou :)
OurVoices said...
Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm
this is very good, its very original, ive never heard anything like it, i like it allot :)
Miranda said...
Sept. 3, 2009 at 11:15 am
I love this - it's truly fantastic. You're very talented!
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