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I can’t stop myself
From looking out there.
Like something is
Controlling my eyes,
Pulling my head towards
The airplane window
Again and again
Seeing America
Below us.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Please go back to your seats and
Fasten your safety belts.
Thank you.

Tears suddenly
Race out of my eyes like a lake across my face.
I can’t stand it!
China is now
A long way left behind.

I want to
Go back now!
I cry.

Alisa Zou
Alisa Zou, 12
Concord, MA