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

Nothing is more perfect than
the pure, untouched beauty of nature.
The things man can never make, or re-create,
no matter how hard we try.

Paintings and photographs do sunsets
no justice.
How can you expect to copy the
exact shades of the sky with a
paint palette?
The creamy oranges and sun-kissed yellows;
lavenders so soft you reach out to
touch it, only to have it slip through your fingers
and fade to a whisper.

There is something magical about
the perfect rose. The petals swirl around,
an endless pattern; overlapping and overlapping,
hugging to form curves.
The fragments between your fingertips are impossibly soft;
velvet feels like sandpaper in comparison.

I stepped outside onto my porch on the first
day of summer. The warm air hugged me gently,
the scent of fresh grass and flowers clung to my skin.
I looked up at the sky, a color so rich and deep
that blue couldn't even begin to describe.
White clouds fluffed and bellowed out into
pieces; I jumped and tried to catch them in my hands,
only to have them slip through my fingers.

I opened up my mouth as wide as it could go,
and swallowed as much magnificence as I could.
I tasted the perfection on my tongue, warm and sweet.
I knew I had to commit as much of this beauty as I could
to my memory, to carry with me wherever I go.

After all, we won't always be here
to drink it all in.

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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HisPurePrincess This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 8, 2011 at 11:05 am
yes, nature is so beautiful!  enjoy it!  keep it that way!  our world is in our care!  not trying to sound like a tree hugger, but i do love nature.  awesome poem!
 
HighSchoolDreamer44 said...
Jan. 28, 2011 at 8:28 am
I also enjoy this poem and feel the same. I like the end, "After all, we won't always be here to drink it all in."
 
cindy x. said...
Jan. 21, 2011 at 11:50 pm
I really enjoyed this poem. I feel the exact same way about nature. Living up by a mountain. I love seeing the color changes and the way your poem describes how indescribable nature is was incredible. 
 
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