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Jasmine Zhen


Youth Poet

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Ode to the Flightless Bird

Tomorrow’s grocery list lies contorted in the child’s hands,
Crease, fold, smooth, and a bird is born,
Thrown to the will of the wind— mayday, mayday!
The paper avian plummets into the rippling stream;
All-knowing aquamarine, oblivious to our
Futile maps and mind-made manifests,
Bring this flightless bird