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Taking Flight

Hungry time
Low light on snow
Tree line is red
Chaffinch is up
Blue tit too
He was my summer friend
But not now
It’s hungry time.

Cheep! He’s here
Birdseed boy
Hands seed-heavy
Crunchy boots.

Quick before the crows
Awkward black thieves
Out of the chimneys
Check and check
Now day’s first peck.

Daniel Shorten
Daniel Shorten, 10
Mallow, Ireland

Saira Merchant
Saira Merchant, 12
Bellaire, TX