Today we are featuring Inklings Book Contest 2018 finalist, Alexa Zhang! Alexa finished 4th grade this past school year. The poem she submitted is called “The Calling” We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did!


It’s the night



Join the fight


Pools of silver

Sprays of gold light


Hello my archer

Here is your bow


Run to the boat

Then swiftly row


Climb up the tree

So you’ll be free


Leap to the sky

Arrows take flight


Finding death

Their last, final breath


Souls of the brave



Shade and shadow

Take vengeance right


Wolves of night

Roar to the moonlight


Mother Bear, rise

Fly up on high


Black as the night

Away passed tonight


Mother Bear’s kin

Who now will win?


Take vengeance right

Take back the night



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