Monday, April 7, 2014

Beauty in the Changes

The Sea

The sea rages and scolds
In its power and fury it holds
A beauty all its own.

Another day, another sea
Tranquil, bejeweled, free
A beauty all its own.

Under the surface of a bay
The fishes in the coral say
It's a beauty all its own.

Down in the very deeps
Lantern fish never sleeps
But there's a beauty all its own.

Foaming breakers at the beach
Driftwood, starfish within reach

Truly, a beauty all its own.
From Observations by Greg Schroeder available at smashwords

A lot of teen novels explore this theme of beauty (or value) intrinsic to a thing. The Pigman by Paul Zindel, Professor Diggins' Dragons by Felice Holman, Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, Fireweed by Jill Paton Walsh are classic examples. Some classics also explore this at a level teens can understand well - Mary Mapes Dodge's Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings The Yearling, and Kenneth Graham's The Wind in the Willows for example.

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