We invite you to read some of these poems featured in current and recent issues of KidSpirit Magazine and welcome online poetry submissions from teen writers and readers around the world.

Sing No More

by Emily Chaflin

Silence is the quietest thing. Not a whistle or note, Frail dark blue wings still, Small head gently at rest, Cold eyes closed. They ask why the caged bird sings. The answer is the caged bird sings because it can sing. The caged bird sings For the day it will be free, Free from this

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Life’s Quintessence

by Tanmaya Murthy

A sumptuous delicacy, sour and sweet Bitter at times, but a feisty feast A subtle symphony of righteousness and goodwill Mellow melody that comes along, a dream to fulfill Elegant as a lyrical pirouette, poetic as a virtuous verse A fable of morality and peace, a literary ocean to immerse Oneself, where the azure waters

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Birds Mirrored

by Victoria Krylova

Birds stand for freedom: Canaries thrive in someone’s heart; Seagulls teeter over the rocks, riding The resilient wings of wind Birds stand for victory, Ravens sweeping past flaming tares Eagles swooping over the mountain peaks; A ride on the wings of hawks Birds stand for joy, The plumage of camouflaged cranes, The hymns of cardinals,

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Ode to Smog

by Nathan Zhang

Oh, Smog Thank you for keeping us inside Preventing wicked physical activity from its stride For coloring the world with your lovely grey sky And freshening the air with a high AQI.* Look at the wonderful PM 2.5 particles in the air Common in China, not so rare elsewhere And you have a delightful smoky

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by Victoria Rathernottell

Blue is vastness The sea drooling Waves crashing against rocks My mirrored image staring at me From moonlit ocean tides Blue is hope, rejuvenation Owls screeching, snow melting Trees sprouting in the plain Sparrows painting twilight Stars flourishing; the moon chanting Someone falling into the sky Blue is peace Deer skipping through pools of diamonds

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Here Comes Winter

by Angela Nguyen

Sometimes, Winter is an old man, hobbling along slowly, spreading only a thin layer of snowy powder, like dandruff, from the tip of his knobbly cane to the cracked pavement. Old Man Winter, his tenuous grasp on the season breaks easily with the swift and spritely step of Spring. Other times, Winter is a young

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by Jash Kalyani

A riddle of a kind, This is a strong bind Leaves all selfish aims behind, The one you can only in a thousand find. A bond which is powerful and fine, The one without paperwork and sign Where mankind is in one line, Holding hands together in a divine shrine. A joy which is never

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Sowing Hope

by Tanmaya Murthy

I clasped a scintillating seedling And vowed to sow it with motive. Its growth to be a transcendent one, And bring with it a change, A change so profound and serene; Capable of spawning a portrait Of irrevocable, unconditional love With strokes of perfection and Shades of sanctity and brotherhood. The emerald greens, a perfect

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The Word

by Swastika Jajoo

Words and winter share a bond borne of snow and whispers of faith from mountains to birds to trees to men because winter is when hearts are frozen, palms frostbitten, spirits burnt to ice amidst the onset of turmoil – and words breathe life into deadened tree logs buried under the weight of the world.

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Sounds of Silence

by Sunwrita Dastidar

She had never known Silence could be so loud. As she saw people in long cloaks Talking and working, hurried and busy The scene of a commotion And yet, she could hear nothing An oppressing stillness blanketed everything Suffocating, gasping for breath The world dwindled in darkness And a silence so loud, it could turn

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