The Woods MAG

By Erin Rappleye, Barrington, IL

Deep within the trees, heavy and lush,
perches a patch of fungus on a moss-covered trunk
basking in the sunlight, a crimson they blush
they cling to the tree that is underground sunk

While squirrels whip their tails as they scutter,
Not far away, an icy stream floods,
As a butterfly elegantly flutters
from wet rock to flower, landing on a leaf-bud

A lone bee twirls, sweetening the honey,
While their maple tree continues to rot,
a couple of humming bumblebees
float, pollen-full toward the buzzing knot

As I am the only passerby,
Within my heart, this image I sanctify.



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on Nov. 16 2014 at 8:21 am
ShadowBlossom ELITE, Boca Raton, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
Memento Mori- It means that nothing lasts forever, no one is immortal, sooner or later you will die and things will come to an end. It also helps you realize that while you are living you should do the most with your life, live life to the fullest.

Your work is beautiful, I'm surprised that I have only just found it and that it has taken so long for TeenInk to publish it into their magazine.  I'm thoroughly impressed.

on Aug. 7 2011 at 8:55 pm
girlonfire95 GOLD, Greeneville, Tennessee
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Favorite Quote:
"Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened."

-Dr. Seuss

This is really good! Very picturesque! :)

on Jun. 24 2011 at 1:18 pm
Supriya PLATINUM, Palampur, Other
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Favorite Quote:
Poetry spills from the cracks of broken heart, but flows from the one which is loved.

The imagery you used is beyond my imagination. So creative ! Loved this ballad :)

Milo! said...
on Mar. 24 2010 at 9:32 pm
This is a great poem because it's something we can all relate to at one point or another.

You should check out some of my stuff. I think you would like it.


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