I wish I had a bird’s wings so I could fly high in the sky, and meet other birds. But my mom would say, “No flying in my house or I will put you in a cage!” All my friends would laugh at me, so maybe that’s not right. I wish I had a fish’s gills so I could breathe under water and stay there forever. But then I would have to go to school in a bowl of fresh water, so maybe that’s not right either. I think instead I’ll just be myself. I like myself ok.

by Hevn, 3rd grade



Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Sadie Garcia, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Bluesy Basie” by Rossano Sportiello. Produced by Susan Phillips.

This poem is featured as part of the 2014 Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more.


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