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I – After
Nothing changed.

The tree swayed in the wind,
Catching the last warm breezes of summer
Its leaves rustled invitingly,
Splaying their auburn fingers.

The grass slowly straightened its back,

Covering up the evidence.

The sun continued to rise and set,
As per usual.

II – Before
Three children exist in a summer meadow.
The smallest catches butterflies in his hands.

A solitary cedar tree rises sturdy and inviting out of the field,
Stretching proudly, solidly to the sky;
The wind is dead.

Two of the children play
Hide-and-Go-Seek
Beneath the branches of the tree.

The older one usually wins.

III – During
The middle child will decide to scale the tree,
Hide against its trunk, beneath the quilt of leaves.

He will have 30 seconds.

He will be sweaty and rushed, his climbing haphazard.

One branch, near the top of the tree,
Will break under stress.

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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TorGar said...
Apr. 13, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Ahh! I laavit!
 
Imaginedangerous This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 22, 2012 at 11:30 am
I love how you switch around the typical cause and effect relationship. The different verb tenses are cool too.
 
snaomi This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Apr. 24, 2012 at 12:09 pm
Thank you :) If you want me to look at any of your stuff, let me know!
 
afflatus said...
Sept. 17, 2011 at 4:12 am
good work..
 
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