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Gentle gusts of wind swirl around me,

Softly caressing my skin.

Autumn leaves danced elegantly around the base of my trunk,

They had faded to a rusty red.

I am young,

With hundreds of years ahead of me.

I had nothing to do but sway to and fro,

And watch the unstopping world move around me.

No acknowledgement,

I am simply part of nature.


There was a girl,

A young girl,

Long sandy blonde curls whipping around her face.

She sat at the bench tossing her lunch at the ducks,

The sadness in her eyes reflected on me.

The ducks were her only company,


Years dragged on,

The world was set in fast motion.

People change,

But trees don’t.

Nor do little girls,

She was hunched over and frail,

Her young beauty had faded under her soft withered skin.

But the big curious eyes she had possessed as a child,

Would still gaze at me in wonder.

She threw her bread towards the pond,

Even though no ducks were there.

She was lonely,

But only for a moment.


She beamed weakly at the sky,

She gasped.

And the eyes that had always looked at me in amazement,

Turned vacant.

I shielded her with my branches,

Shielded her from the world that never had had enough time for her.


I waited,

For the next fifty years.

I waited,

I watched, as the young grew old.

The old die,

I waited.

I kept waiting till I could see the young girl again,





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Isseywiz said...
Aug. 25, 2010 at 4:28 am

thanx so much :)

im really glad that the message that i was trying 2 get out affected u :D

 

 
thewriteidea This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Aug. 24, 2010 at 4:33 pm

i like how you told a sort of story in this piece that spanned over many years. your imagery was really great; it felt like i was there watching the whole thing play out! i like how the story is unfinished, making me want more.

you can rate/comment on some of my work, too if you'd like. great job on this! keep writing!(:

 
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