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    Stolen Beauty

    Stolen Beauty

    The impossibly vibrant autumn leaves

     that appear during the early months of fall

     have more in common with us than we give them credit for.

     Their flaming color, 

     their intensity,

     remains untouched by the numb granite sky’s dreary atmosphere. 

     

     Soon,

     when the air turns colder,

     and the days grow shorter, 

     the infection slowly spreads, 

     deliberate as ink blossoming onto a page, 

     but far less beautiful. 

     

     The unadulterated leaves

     dilute a bit in color, 

     but cling to the essence of their fiery oranges,

     and their passionate reds,

     slipping away indefinitely. 

     The sickeningly lovely innocence of these pure leaves cannot last forever,

     and it is stripped when the unwanted visitor, 

     

    Frost,

     creeps in overnight. 

     The leaves release the last of their willpower

     and drop from the trees; 

     the once-precious flaming color 

     has morphed into a rusty, dejected brown.

     

     The beauty and rarity once associated with the foliage

     has been replaced by empty shells

     discarded on the ground, 

     fragile as a scorched piece of paper 

     and numb as the ruthless winter sky. 

     

     The people shake their heads 

     in shame at such an exquisite sight wasted,

     ignorant of their own roles in the transformation

     while the cheated leaves waste away as an afterthought,

     haunted by their stolen beauty.

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    Willow Henry, Editor, Broadcast Journalist, and an Investigative Journalist
    Willow Henry is an 8th Grader on the Blue team who works as a writer/editor. Willow has a passion for writing meaningful poems that connect deeply to her own introspection. She joined Gazette in hopes of pursuing her interest in writing and to spread awareness about topics that are important to her in a relatable way to readers. She enjoys writing fun pieces with her friends in the club, and she also hopes to have at least a few satisfactory pieces by the end of the semester. In her free time, Willow enjoys baking, spending time with friends and family, and going for long car rides. 

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