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The world outside is a wondrous place, Filled with many miracles to see. It's a place to hear and smell and feel. It's a place so unfettered and free. From the welcome warmth of the morning sun, As it plays upon your eyes, Enticing you from your slumber To awaken and come alive. Or the gentle touch of an Autumn breeze, As it chills and caresses your face, Beckoning you to start your day And let go of the night's embrace. The sound of the birds as they twitter and sing, Still nestled in the warmth of the trees. Soon they will lift their wings in flight, Shooed away by the fluttering leaves. To smell that earthy, Autumn air, As you step outside and breathe. To hear that steady, familiar crunch, As you wade through the dried, dead leaves. To look up and get lost in a ceiling-less sky, Deep blue or an ominous grey. Squinting against the brightest of suns, Or getting soaked by a sudden, cold rain. To feel beads of sweat on your clammy face, In the heat of a blistering day. Then submerge in a river that seeps through your skin, Dousing the fire in your veins. To trudge through the deepest, blistering snow, As the ice stings your rosy red cheeks. To smell all the fireplaces burning, As those faint of heart retreat. To see your breath float on the air, As your toes and fingers freeze. And witness an icy, white blanket of snow, Just as far as you can see. The snowflakes falling harder now, The earth is in a blur. Your clothes feel damp and heavier, Your speech begins to slur. Yes, the outside is a wondrous place, A world of beauty and brawn. It's independent but so reliable. It's vulnerable and yet so strong. Remember the smell of the summer flowers, With bright colors all around? Deep green lawns and the aroma of grass, Trees plush with leaves abound. The ocean's glistening, thundering waves, The gritty, infinite sands. The forests of trees that reach up to the sky, The mountains that tower over the land. The outside world is an endless place. It shows us how small we can be. It can nurture and comfort our troubled hearts. It can grant us sweet moments of peace. If you take the time to really see, The outside is a glorious place. And how lucky we are that this Paradise, Is only a few steps away I made this painting using Faber Castel Pastel colors, This is basically a nature painting, But I give this a modern touch as I made it in doodling form.