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The lamp light sounds like jazz. Purple feels like soft lavender. The future tastes like sweet honey. Moonlight smells like deodorant. A bee’s buzz is the color yellow. Pop music is the color baby pink mixed with baby blue and purple. A viola’s sound tastes like a chocolate strawberry. The sun tastes like sour lemon… Read more »

Haiku for Four Seasons

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  Nature all around Birds chirping, flowers growing Colors singing songs by Jiho   Blazing hot weather Sun rays flashing down on us Summer is now here by Hadi   In Autumn leaves fall, And you breathe the cool crisp air Then, our school begins by Alexandria   Winter, a cold beast Yet, gentle as… Read more »

When Times Are Tough

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                When times are tough, pick up a pencil and write down your feelings and dreams. When times are tough, believe that things will get better. When times are tough, pick some flowers to give to a friend. When times are tough, play with a puppy, and you’ll… Read more »

My Dog, Grit

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She’s half boxer, half French bulldog She’s cuddly She makes me laugh Her head is soft Her eyes are like dark chocolate She barks too much But I love her more than gold by Jocelyn, age 6

How to Be a Mermaid

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              Toss glitter in the sea. Get a mermaid tail of any color. Loosen your hair so it can get curly. Stir pink on your dress. Gather pink and white pearls to make a mermaid city. Use seashells for some pets. Get some rocks for a house. If I… Read more »

Yellow Like a Sunflower

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Yellow looks like the sun shining in the sky. Yellow sounds like a yellow bird cheeping. I can smell yellow dandelions when they have their petals. I can touch yellow banana peels. I taste a yellow icing cupcake. If yellow were a person, he would lie under the sun. By Drake, Memorial Drive Elementary

The Tree

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The tree is blowing its hair in the air It has more than one arm, it has legs and hair It doesn’t like to be cut down The tree likes animals to hibernate inside it The tree doesn’t like to be alone He loves the animals The tree is warm in the sun By Addison,… Read more »

Send-Off for Meta-Four Team!

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Join WITS on Saturday, July 9th, 2 pm as the Meta-Four Houston team gives their FREE farewell performance at the Live Oaks Meeting House on 26th Street in the Heights before jetting off to Washington, D.C. to perform at the Brave New Voices International Festival. Meta-Four Houston recently won first place in the state of Texas. Come check out these talented poets!… Read more »

Visual Poetry Exhibition Featuring WITS Students on Display

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The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Graphic Design Research Initiative (GDRI) and Writers in the Schools (WITS) recently collaborated on a special project that featured WITS students and University of Houston graphic design students.  The GDRI students turned the children’s poems into graphic designs, using inspiration from various fields, including concrete poetry, expressive typography, and Dadaism. The… Read more »


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The mast shakes. The sail is taut and motionless. As the wind howls, people yell. I’m hit in the face with icy sea water. People go down and get back up. I look over the edge of the ship and see something tap. I look up and hope to god I’m not the only one… Read more »

Houston Writing Contest for Teens

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The Houston Public Library is hosting its 1st Teen Writing Contest! Here’s how it’s described on their site: Channel your imagination into an original short story or poem for a chance to win some amazing prizes. Subjects for your short story or poem are limited only by your imagination. Entries will be judged on originality, use of… Read more »


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Captain, take me on a ride to a place so wonderful as I hear the horn honk hard. It feels like a day when you’re eating your favorite dish for dinner. The water vibrating through the boat as we drive through the Seven Seas. No matter how long it takes, I want to go to… Read more »

Just in Case

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Bring a book Write a story Live a life Travel around the world Explore the forests Swim the seas Fly the skies Try new things Collect rare treasures Create new things Sketch a new world Ride a dragon Climb a mountain Walk on a cloud Swing through treetops Help your family Comfort your friends Be… Read more »

To Mom: Branch

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Someone brought me a branch Little tiny bugs work inside like ants I felt happy when I got it So many ideas of what to build Someone brought me a branch by Sa’nia, 1st grade

My Story is in My Hands

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My story is in my hands. My hands help me taste good food and feel soft blankets. My hands help me hear the piano and smell flowers. My hands help me see a book. My story is in my hands. by Frida, 1st grade

Love Poem for a Cloud

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In the morning when the sun rises I imagine you as someone I love who has passed away. My eyes hunt for you when I am sad or mad. I cherish your lovely whiteness. You make my eyes water with happiness. I adore your fluffiness that is softer than a dog. Nothing will separate us,… Read more »

I Love Black

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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…. Read more »