What if I had a ticket
But not to board a plane,
To soar to the endless blanket of stars,
With nothing but freedom to gain.
Like the deafening silence all around
Broken only by the calls of birds,
I'll ignite the sky with bright colours
An empty canvas lit by fireworks.
But before setting off into the horizon
I must build wings, like Daedalus the inventor,
Escaping the chains in the tower that holds me.
Like Rupunzel, I'll flee to seek my adventure.
A fighter set out for battle
I'll challenge those walking by,
“You say all beings are equal,
So if a bird can fly, why can't I?”
The writer is a Grade V student at The Aga Khan School, Dhaka