A Poem

2012 National Finalist

A Poem

A poem isn’t a lion
but rather the lion’s roar

A poem isn’t taking
but giving

Isn’t a globe
but the real world

Isn’t a bird
but helping the bird

A poem isn’t thinking
but speaking

Isn’t blending in
but standing out.


Emmalee Wong, age 10
San Francisco, California
Center for the art of Translation / Poetry Inside Out
Teacher: John Oliver Simon

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