I write to tell a story
I write to run after my dreams
I write to overcome problems
I write to slide into the future
I write to say who I am
I write because there’s a pencil in my hand
and a lot of ideas in my head and heart

by Stan, 4th grade



Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by LaMax McLean, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is by The B-52’s, “Follow Your Bliss” from their album “Cosmic Thing,” 1989 Reprise Records. Produced by Susan Phillips.

This poem is featured as part of the 2014 Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by Writers in the Schools (WITS) that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click here to learn more.


Original post: December 30, 2013



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