Life. | Teen Ink


January 14, 2017
By maybeKira BRONZE, Oreland, Pennsylvania
maybeKira BRONZE, Oreland, Pennsylvania
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Life is love.

Life is fear.

Life is fear of loving and loving the moments of fear

Like that second before the roller coaster drops.


Life is sadness.

Life is anger and pain

And fury and misery and too many words

To describe the evil.


Life is death.


But life is also beautiful.

Life is a sunset over the water,

Life is the smile on the face of a young child,

Life is the moment in the middle of a storm

When the universe stops,

Hanging suspended in midair,

And for a second the world is one flash of lightning

And that one flash of lightning is the world.


Life is when the rain washes away all the sadness

And you can finally cry because

It will just look like raindrops on your face.


Life is when you realize something amazing,

And you jump around screaming like a maniac,

Because there are no better words to express that feeling.


Life is friends

And enemies

And friends that turn into enemies and enemies that turn into friends,

And those people that stay exactly the same

And you know that whatever happens they'll be the same as they were yesterday

And the day before that

And the day before that

And the day before that

Forever and ever and ever.


Life is when the whole universe can be encapsulated

In a single word

Though no one knows exactly what it is.

I suppose it's different for everyone.


Life is when you realize

That life is life is life

And that out there thousands of people right now

Are writing their own stories about what life is,

Thousands of universes

Thousands of lives that keep growing and changing

And turning into more tiny universes that can be summed up

In a single word or in infinite.

You choose.


Life is love.

Life is fear.

Life is learning to love fear, and life is fear of loving too much.

Except you can never love too much,

Don't you know that,


The person reading this,

And also the person writing it right now?

Remember what life is.

Remember everyone's stories.

Remember that even now, when things seem wrong,

There are billions of universes out there

And yours is right.

The author's comments:

I've been thinking about the meaning of life, and I realized that I can't describe it in one word. Sometimes I feel like I love "too much," because I'm constantly sacrificing my own happiness for others. But there really is no such thing as too much love, and I should remind myself of that. 

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This article has 3 comments.

on Mar. 21 2017 at 4:02 pm
JJ_Lone PLATINUM, Davenport, Washington
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This is amazing!! You have a lot of talent. Keep writing!!

on Mar. 13 2017 at 5:48 pm
maybeKira BRONZE, Oreland, Pennsylvania
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@lea4981 Thanks!!!

lea4981 said...
on Jan. 23 2017 at 7:23 am
That was better than ANY poem I've ever read! Great job!