2012 National Finalist

El Espíritu del Pájaro Spirit of the Bird

Yo soy el espíritu del pájaro
con plumas del viento
volando por el aire
buscando un árbol

Yo quiero ser real
para morir
para comer
para cansar

Yo sé la ruta del viento,
sé el pensamiento del halcón,
sé el hogar del
ganso y el pato

Yo vengo de todas partes
y a esas partes voy,
juego con el viento,
y bailo con el agua.

Yo he visto cuántos mueren
en las guerras del amor
yo he experienciado
el dolor de todos párajos

I am the spirit of the bird
With feathers of wind
Flying in the sky
Seeking a tree.

I desire to be real
To die,
To eat,
To tire.

I know the route of the wind
I know the thought of the falcon
I know the home
Of goose and duck.

I come from all places
And to those places I go
I play with the wind,
And dance with the water

I have seen many deaths
In wars of love
I have experienced
The pain of all birds

Karissa Wong, age 10
San Francisco, California
Monroe Elementary School / Poetry Inside Out
Teacher: Tehmina Khan
(Translated by the author)

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