Bare Oaks

there exists a place on earth

not unlike the garden of Eden

its abundant greenery and exotic wonders

release the imagination

ignite free thought

I come here to escape

layers slip away

I stand bare

feel no shame

stripping insecurity

whipping out self adoration

flaunting a massive character

expose truth

embrace lumps, bumps, skin, hair



and beauty

outside these confines
attractiveness is a layered mask
hiding reality 

they have eaten rancid fruit
gained neither knowledge nor power
and paradise has been lost

By Emily, 17, staff member at Bare Oaks in the summer of 2011.

Note that the alignment is intentional as she imparts additional meaning through it.