A Student Poem for Earth Day

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  Hope for the World (Inspired by a Mark Rothko Painting)   Anger, what has our world become? Pollution, smoking, and all sorts of bad Things. What has our world become? As Earth orbits the sun, as more time Passes, anger conquers our World. What has our world become? Look at our oceans. There’s trash… Read more »

Flashlight

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Someone brought me a firefly. Sparkling and glittering like a yellow crystal. Looking like a star in the sky. Cool in your hand to see. It flies very fast and the buzz sounds like music. It tickles as it crawls on my arm. My heart turns into a flashlight. Someone brought me a firefly, and… Read more »

If I Were Wind or Rain

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If I were the rain I would shimmy down into houses by leaks and chimneys for fun and because I feel like sliding on water slides. I would also like to drift in the ocean to clean up dirty waters.    If I were the wind I would fly over the clouds whistling a happy… Read more »

Star Bright, Star Light

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I looked up into the sky, And saw a young star. I asked the star to speak to me of freedom, And the star replied, Nothing in the world will ever be given to you, Gabe. Everything, you must fight for. You see…the world will put chains with locks on you… And everything you love…. Read more »

The Friend Flower

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    Someone brought me a sunflower. Bright yellow like shiny gold. The fragile petals tickle my hand. My heart fills up with seeds starting to sprout. Someone brought me a sunflower  and I put it in my hair. By Helen, 2nd grade

It’s #GivingTuesday 2019

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Literacy is a gift that lasts a lifetime. Writers in the Schools (WITS) welcomes your support this #GivingTuesday (December 3, 2019).  You can donate via FaceBook or through the WITS website. Our thanks goes out to you!  

Poetry Reading List by Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate

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Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate Jackson Neal shares a list of poetry reads to celebrate poetry year-round. From new releases to classics, here are some recommendations, hand-picked with descriptions from Jackson.   Ghost Of by Diana Khoi Nguyen Nguyen writes about grief and loss with such trembling brilliance. This work does not expel the ghosts, but… Read more »

Gracias

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Gracias   Gracias por las historias de fantasmas De animales y de marcianos. Gracias por lo mágico Porque es más de lo que podría creer Gracias por la música clásica. Porque me da una melodía hermosa Gracias por el cielo estrellado Porque cuando lo miro el me mira hacia mi Y me regala sentimientos Como… Read more »

H-E-B Poetry Pop-Ups

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National Poetry Month at WITS is about spreading the beauty of poetry across the city. In WITS classrooms, students are encouraged to write about what they love–and often, that means food poems! Food, like poetry, brings us together and allows us to express love. That’s why we partnered with six H-E-B locations around Houston to… Read more »

How to Draw Me

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  How to Draw Me   I wish you to draw me well like a person sitting by a mountain. Make my face as precious as a bucket of jewels.   Make my body as strong as a bulldozer, and make my legs as fast as a helicopter wing going full speed.   Make my… Read more »

I Love You

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I Love You I love you so much that I eat thousands of hearts. I love you so much that I talk to butterflies. I love you so much that flowers bloom when I pass by. I love you so much that my soul changes color. I love you so much that I cry chunks… Read more »

Dear 14-Year-Old Valeria

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Dear 14-Year-Old Valeria A poem for you:   Singing is your favorite melody. You found out what friendship means and where it lights up. Everyone and everything inspires you to keep moving on. So keep moving on. The day and night are your best companions. You see the world as not dangerous but as freedom… Read more »

National Poetry Month 2019

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WITS is celebrating National Poetry Month! Join us at our WITS events in April–we can’t wait to celebrate poetry with you! Use our hashtag #HoustonIsPoetry to connect with us on social media. April 7th: Space City Slam Grand Slam Watch as the most talented youth poets in Houston perform original poetry in front of a… Read more »

What a Poem Is

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A poem is like when you blow a balloon, and the words go in its stanza or its room.   A poem is when clouds are in your brain and the raindrops are your thoughts.   A poem is when your mind turns to something really special. That is a poem.   -3rd grader, DeAnda… Read more »

Blessings for our Janitor

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WITS Writer Marcia Chamberlain shares this blessing: a 2nd grader wrote this beautiful poem for Mr. Sanchez, the custodian at Oak Forest Elementary.   May you always walk with pride. May you always dream of brooms and mops. May your friends have respect for you. May the wind push you on. May you never feel… Read more »

To Beeville and Back

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I was in Beeville for a five-day stay in May to cast the WITS magic in the sleepy south Texas town. Driving down the main drag, you become familiar with the population count (approximately 13,000), clearly marked as you enter then leave the city limits. Along with writers Autumn Hayes, Matty Glasgow, and Dinorah Pérez-Rementería,… Read more »