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

January 16, 2016
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Wallflowers, Evergreens
Peach tree ovaries
All have a place in society
And being in the limelight
Stops no mind suicide
And mind suicide
Isn’t observing from the side
Watch and learn
You can still see a brain die
While the victim’s in the light
Or they can wallow in a fallacy
Or be dictated by their work
Or hide themselves during wartime
Mind suicide
Is doing what is wrong until it feels oh so right
All have a place in society
Wallflowers, Evergreens,
Those peach tree ovaries
But where did they come from?
How did they grow?
Who gives them nurturing?
Other than rain and sun’s glow
Ask the roots:
The system underground that
Gathers the food, bolsters the
Tree, pumps water for the leaf
Stretches the wallflower,
Gives life to the Evergreen, and
Produces the fruit, the golden peach
If you want to not succumb
To mind suicide, then find
Your roots before you march
On the field and off the sidelines
Plant a seed with consciousness
Seep from the soil of righteousness
And your tree will grow in steadfastness
With fruit abundant to spread joyfulness
Why do only good to be beloved?
Be the foundation for all the above
All have a place in society
Roots keep the world from crumbling
Those with roots live certainly

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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