Dear bird
For you and me
Every season seems like fall
As lonely rains fall
From our eyes and the sky

Dear bird
In this city where cruelty lives
Our nest is no longer home
We cannot say what will be done

Dear bird winter intrudes
Taking your colorful wings
Time is a fickle friend
You think no one loves you
No one wants your love
That you’ll be alone again

Dear bird you sweet lover 
Spring will come
Open your wings and fly

Forget everything dear bird
Be strong
Spring soars swiftly to you

By Najwa, age 15

Photo by Stefan Cooke.