Amo esa tierra linda
que me dio la vida
que me dio la existencia de nacer,

Amo esa gente alegre
ese buen ambiente
ese buen placer
en esta tierra naci
en ella quiero morir,

Porque en ella aprendi
que la vida es elemento
soy aire
soy agua y metal,

Aprendi con la lluvia
del agua del rio
que nunca se cansa de andar,

Tu eres mi alma
y tu eres mi corazon.

 

 

I love this beautiful earth
that gave me life
that gave me the existence of birth,

I love these happy people
the ambience
the pleasure
in this earth I was born
in her I will pass

Because in her I learned
that life is the elements
I am air
I am water and metal,

I learned with the rain
of the river water
that never tires of walking,

You are my soul
and you are my heart.

by Emma, 3rd grade 

 

 

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Windell Gradiz, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is by Audiomachine, “Apollo’s Triumph” from album “Helios,” 2012. 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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