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She lived in a place
filled with laughter and light.
It was a safe place
and close to her heart.
Each day she looked at the sky.
A vast ocean.
An abyss.
A bird flew by
and another one followed.
The bird flew away with grace,
it possessed a certain freedom.
A vagabond,
for it was wild.
The girl felt a longing.
A need to escape
the cage which she lived in.
She began to feel compressed.
But oh!
How beautiful were
its gold-plated bars.
Who would want to leave
its jewel-encrusted door?

One day she looked at the sky,
and she saw a bird fly by.
Her footsteps led her
out the jewel-encrusted door.
Pause.
Look backward.
Look forward.
For what lay ahead
was a desolate land.
Darkness and lifelessness
was what she saw.
So menacing compared to her cage.
She looked at the sky,
and a bird flew by.
It entered the horizon
into a pool of light.
Oh what a sight!
She no longer saw
the menacing land.
Instead a promise on the horizon.
She spread her wings,
and flew.
Out of sight.

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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