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Sullivan’s Garden

May 20th, 2014

Wild garden

Sullivan left home

In search of a thing called peace

Sullivan ran off 
He was done with life

He ran off until his legs grew weak

Through tall trees and 
mountain peaks

Away from a life he refused to live 
Cause he couldn't see it

He didn't see what was clearly there

Dreams, ambitions fade from air

What did it matter? He didn't care 
Cause he failed to see it

There appeared a place with flowers

And colorful little birds

A wonderful place with no one there

Can't be described with words

So Sullivan made his new home here

If he was alone so be it

After all he was done with life

He just couldn't see it 

Really he was dead inside

He just failed to see it 

Seasons passed 

And flowers died 

A little twinkle in Sullivan's eyes 

A sign of a coming flash 

A burst of inspiration 

Once blind now he could see 

He picked apart his memories 

Sitting on a rotting log 

Sullivan looked inward

He began to think over his situation

Why did he run into this 
arboreal nation?

A question he could not answer

He began to think of all the things

And as he pondered he grew wings

He flew away because he was wrong

Wrong about everything 

He cracked the sky 

And looked at the Earth

An imperfectly perfect rock in space

His home that he could not replace

He couldn't take back his 
many mistakes

But finally he could see it

He returned home he was 
there to stay

Here he spent the rest of his days

He'd be fine 

Cause life's okay 

And finally he could see it

"Praise the sun it happened today!"

"Finally I can see it!"

Austin Andrews is an 11th grader at Uniondale High School, studying under Mrs. Diana McIntyre. This poem was submitted this year to a poetry contest at the Uniondale Public Library.

I found it a pleasure to follow the poet on this strange journey.

Come back for another day of poetry tomorrow. If you want to be part of 30 Days of Poetry, send your poems to until May 30th. I look forward to hearing from you!

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