My hair

black as ink

It is rough or soft

but they are so confused

What to be

My skin

brown like a piece of wood.

I am known for good art

and outstanding talents.

My birthmark is like a line

like a letter L

My height is small, but tall

so confused what to be

like a small door.

What people say about me

that I’m a nice girl

My eyes sparkle

like the morning sun.

My mind

so smart people

can’t believe it.

by Salome, 2nd grade



Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Negeste Tsegaye, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Instrumental Blues” by the Chess Allstars. 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.


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