Age: 17, Grade: 12
School Name: University Heights High School, Bronx, NY
Educator: Amara Thomas
My soul craves freedom.
In the morning when I wake up,
I listen to the birds chirp
I contemplate the way they fly;
as if nothing else matters.
How much I wish I could be like them someday
free, happy, joyful, independent
be able to fly through the sunsets
be able to travel along the seasons…
but then I see the clock marking 8:00am
time to leave my reverie folded on my window
to make my reality better than my dreams.