Today we are featuring Inklings Book Contest 2018 finalist, Maryam Ali! Maryam finished 3rd grade this past school year. The poem she submitted is called “Birds.”  Maryam told us, “It makes me wonder how it feels to fly like a bird and how I want to experience that. I like how the poem came together with the rhymes.”  Enjoy!


Beautiful with wings up
In the lush leafy trees
Right above my head, and me
Dreaming to take flight,
Soaring high, up to great heights!


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