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Black is the night sky while you are sleeping.

Black is the sound of a crow chirping through the day.

Black smells like shoes on your feet.

Black feels spiky and hard, like a dinosaur’s spikes.

Black tastes like steak that was burned in the oven.

Black goes outside and jumps on a black horse.

 

by Drake, 3rd grade

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Meta-Four Houston poets Rukmini and Donald are organizing a youth slam event that will take place on May 6th. Please join us at 6 pm at Sharpstown High School in Houston.

 

fb-Banner-Visiting-Poet-Series-Bean-1Oustpoken Bean motivated and inspired the students at the Red Cloud Indian School in South Dakota over the weekend. Many of the students there already perform spoken word, participate in an on-campus writers’ society, and attend Dances with Words, a reservation-wide, afterschool program that holds interactive writing workshops.

Outspoken Bean worked with students as part of the Visiting Poet Series, launched by The Heritage Center and Red Cloud teachers.

“What I want students to take away from these workshops is the desire to explore beyond where they are—to use whatever talent and skills they have to expand and broaden their horizons,” said Bean.

See more at: http://www.redcloudschool.org/news/20160420/visiting-poet-series-spurs-students-passion-for-spoken-word#sthash.bmkbzPR3.dpuf

Friday, 29th #1

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I would sail on a wooden blue boat

with a flag waving in the wind

I would jump a fast-moving train

whooshing over the land

I would pilot a small plane

over and above the clouds

I would tunnel under the earth

where the ants crawl

I would go bravely into the

great unknown as long as my dog is beside me

 

By Johnson, 5th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Samantha, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Call To Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 thurs, 28th

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The sky

Gray

But not too much so

‘is not gloomy but relaxed

The wind

Light

For I feel it’s softly tugging at my paper

But even if I let it go the paper wouldn’t

Move far.

The sun’s light shines dimly

Through the clouds

The deep green grass catches

My eye with its simple beauty.

 

Just the perfect view.

 

By Caleb, 7th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Donald, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Call To Adventure” by Kevin MacLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 wed, 27th

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I am Swimming Music.

I am diving through the audience’s mind,

putting them into a dream of wonder.

I gather through the life of a harp.

I glide toward the heart, filling the melody.

I am a soul among water, among the things

I was made for. I charge in to a sea of personalities.

I am a moody window that opens into a spring day,

or a rainy cloud. I throw myself into souls

like an everlasting fountain.

I was formed by the living, for the living.

I am neither alive nor dead.

I am the breath of one who loves.

 

By Virginia, 3rd grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Donald, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “For My Mom by Exi Style. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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FullSizeRender 10Houston has installed poetry banners throughout downtown. Featured poets include our very own Executive Director, Robin Reagler, and Writers in the Schools students! As you walk through the city make sure you look up to catch the words on these beatiful banners and if you have a chance snap a picture and tag @witshouston!

Es el numero uno.

Suena como mariposas,

como la naturaleza,

como mucha dulzura.

Es el viento.

Es como el color rosado,

como puntos rosados,

chiquitas mariposas.

Y como hablo en vos baja.

Se siente libre.

Como estas corriendo afuera en la naturaleza,

y el viento soplando,

sobre ti

hermosos colores de blanco,

y arco iris todas partes.

Suena como el sonido de la naturaleza

como toda esta en silencio

Es como

querer animals i la naturaleza

querer nadir,

querer dibujar,

y escribir.

 

2 tues, 26th

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It is the number one.

It sound like butterflies,

like nature,

like sweetness.

It sounds like kindness

and wind.

It is the color pink,

like pink dots and,

little pink butterflies.

It means how I talk

in a whisper.

It feels free.

It’s like you’re running outside

in nature,

the wind blowing

on your beautiful colors of white,

and rainbows all around.

It sounds like nature’s sound,

peace, quiet.

It loves animals and nature,

loves to swim,

loves to draw,

loves to write.

 

By Adriana, 2nd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Samantha, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Chiado” by Jahzzar. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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1 mon, 25th

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The air is within the forest

whisper of nature

branches with hope

within the winds

hope will rise

and the forest’s fog

also wishes for hope

in the winds

and the trees will grow that strong hope

so the sun will rise

with loving hope and with care

By Taran, 2nd grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Tori, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Beautiful Rain” by Ketsa. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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12 truly inspired and inspiring young poets will WOW Houston this weekend at the Space City Grand Slam.

The Space City Grand Slam is THIS Sunday, April 24th, 3PM at Discovery Green, sponsored by the Travelers Foundation. Join us to hear the words of 12 talented youth poets as they vie for a spot on the Meta-Four Houston team and a chance to travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices International Festival. This event will include special guest JJ from KBXX 97.9 The Box, the official media sponsor of the Space City Slam Series, and DJ Roo. This event is FREE and open to the public.

Friday, 22nd #1

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The sound of the beat fills my ears

I can’t believe it’s from my own hands

 

The stars shine in my face

as my fingers follow the music

 

The music is scarring my face with emotions

by my hands are being controlled by the guitar

it seems

not the other way around

the guitar will not let me stop

 

The stars in the ski

make my face shine

 

Yeah, my hands fly high

so fly like they never did before

birds in the floor

and the lizards

in the sky

 

By Ashley, 7th grade

 

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Tori, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Vagabond” by The Kinky Fingers. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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1 thurs, 21st

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Beauty is equal to living free in the air.

You’re a horse running faster than lightning,

Hitting the floor.

Your feet are a hammer hitting a tube.

Beauty comes from inside your heart.

Someone is stealing from you, and you forgive them.

Beauty is in nature.

Ducks are singing, air whispering, “Relax.”

Beauty is happiness.

You’re jumping with a colored unicorn.

Rain drops are candy.

You’re a cloud made out of cotton candy.

Beauty does not come from outside

But very nice on the inside.

It does not take anything to make a rose floating in the water.

Beauty is life.

Your heart is jumping in your chest,

Bumping over your skin, and it is a ball hopping.

By Viviana, 4th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Rukmini, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Clap Your Hands” by Jahzzar. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Wednesday, 20th #2

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I see the sunset.

The trees are blowing, and the leaves are flying.

I’m lying down on a hammock.

My brother is swinging with me

and going back and forth, over and over.

The soft silk of the hammock is like a sheep’s fur.

I’m catching my breath.

I see flowers bloom orange and red

and bricks stacked on top of each other.

My brother is swinging me.

 

By River, 2nd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Isabella, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “A Wee Tipple” by Scott Holmes. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Tuesday, 19th #2

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Book, you are so special.

You are old like my precious grandmother.

Toy have been used so much that you’re

almost falling apart.

 

Book, I see you in the library standing strong.

When I open you, flip, flip, flip

as my imagination turns on.

 

As I open you, your smell is like a piney wood day.

Your fragrance reminds me of

my grandmother’s perfume.

 

When I touch you,

you are as smooth as the wind on a hot day.

Your pages are crisp and worn out.

You make my imagination come alive

and I see pictures in my mind.

 

by Layla, 4th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Isabella, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Readers! Do You Read?” by Chris Zabriskie. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 mon, 18th

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Listen to what I have to say

My voice rumbles like thunder

My voice sings like a bird

I am so powerful

My words will melt all the lies

The world will learn about my truth

Listen to what I have to say

I can change the world

 

By Trish’ia, 6th grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Dominic, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “The Thunderstorm” by Karstenholymoly. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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It’s National Poetry Month, and students in grades 5-12 are invited to enter the Dear Poet Competition this April. Students respond in the form to one of a select group of poetry videos, including the one above by Juan Felipe Herrera, the US Poet Laureate.To enter, email your letter to dearpoet@poets.org by April 30, 2016. Winners will be published on the poets.org website in May.

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1 fri, 15th

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Spring is coming, winter files are closing.

I feel the sparkling beauty with shimmering, warm winds

over the hilly hills in California.

The clock is ticking till spring is coming.

Now the horses are trotting with glee.

No chilly winds anymore.

The butterflies are sipping warm nectar.

The moonscape is coming home.

Hello, moonscape.

The seasons are coming and going quickly.

I’m hunting for more butterflies.

I’m picturing the business bees rushing at the presidents.

I smell the natural smell of summer.

 

By Sofie, 2nd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Basmah, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “April Showers” by ProletR. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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2 thurs, 14th

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Splashing, lashing

fighting the angry storm

with all her might.

She leaps over the stars and slays him

with one mighty blow.

Then all was peaceful and calm,

she sought that she ought to be separated,

so there would be no slaying unless needed,

to slay the next strongest storm.

Her friend agreed,

And this is how rivers came to be.

 

By Viane, 3rd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on KPFT 90.1 and KTRU 96.1 by Dominic, WITS Youth Advisory Council Member. The background music is “Jazzy Eve of the Heavy Seas” by Wired Ant. Produced by Susan Phillips.

 

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Middle and high school students from the surrounding Houston area are invited to participate in the 2016 Watershed Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Our Bayous, Our Pollution. Houston- area bayous and waterways lead to Galveston Bay in turn affecting the Gulf of Mexico and its Flower Garden Banks. Help raise awareness about our local watershed and bring attention to the importance of the health of our local waterways, bayous and our bay! We challenge you to research, explore, interpret and say something meaningful about the connections between human activity and the health of our bayous and ocean through art or shape poetry.

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Happy writing!