Farewell National Poetry Month

Posted May 1, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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This April, Writers in the Schools celebrated National Poetry Month and the power of the imagination, reaching 2.3 million people in Houston and beyond! Student words were spread through H-E-B markets, read each day on KPFT 90.1, and showcased during readings, workshops, and poetry slams around town. At the Space City Grand Slam, we selected the Meta-Four Houston team and announced the launch of Houston’s first-ever Youth Poet Laureate program in partnership with the City of Houston and the Houston Public Library. Poetry is alive, well, and making a real difference.

We would like to give a special thanks to our amazing partners and all of the people who support National Poetry Month. Thank you H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, KPFT 90.1, Susan Phillips for producing all of the wonderful audio for each Poem of the Day, London-based composer, Ketsa, for providing spectacular tracks to accompany the student poetry, and thank YOU, our readers, for enjoying and spreading poetry in our community.

 

Have a wonderful May!

Future Traveler

Posted April 30, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Angelo Rossi

 

I’m the brightest parrot

flying in the jungle.

I’m the sugar in the coffee,

maybe the salt to the sour salad.

I’m the moon that glistens in the dark;

he’s like the sun to the sunset.

We are the peak of a cold mountain.

You are the skyscraper to the breeze;

I’m the greatest spark in the crystal,

shining like when the sunlight

touches a diamond and it starts

to blink brightly. I’m a big

ball of fire, made from hot lava

that comes out of a volcano

of courage. I’m the future traveler,

and I will meet you in the future.

 

By Kevin, 6th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Summer Ames, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Gary Leger, Magnet Coordinator. Music is by Gerry Davis, “Magical Forest.” www.jamendo.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: November 14, 2014

What am I?

Posted April 29, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Judy Schmidt

 

I am in the center of a galaxy.

I am a circle or a sphere.

I am black.

Light cannot escape from me.

Flying objects get sucked into me.

It is very silent where I live.

 

What am I?

A black hole!

 

By Kavin, 1st grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Gabriel Canepa, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Ches Smith, Campus Technologist. Music is by NonMemory, “Black Hole II” www.freemusicarchive.org. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: July 18, 2014

A Story to Tell

Posted April 28, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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My eyes have a story to tell.

I was born in a place that freezes the ground.

Life was beautiful before the war.

Now I am devastated.

I feel like the world has come to an end.

There is no house, there is no food.

I beg for money.

I am scared of dying and soldiers with guns.

I dream of peace.

All I want is to be with my family.

I dream of love.

 

By Natasha, 2nd grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Kylie Silva, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Dr. Ben Grube, Orchestra Director. The background music is “When the Moon Fall” by Ketsa, www.jamendo.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Change

Posted April 27, 2015 & filed under Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

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Photo by: Aikawa Ke

 

Sometimes I don’t like change

but then I remember how

leaves turn red and gold,

then fall of and then grow

back again bright green.

I remember change is part of the life

cycle and I’m okay with it.

 

By Justine, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Caprice Haddad, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Susan Calvin, 8th grade History Teacher The background music is “Hope For Tomorrow” by Seastock. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: January 12, 2015

 

Mist of the Night

Posted April 24, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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In the mist of the night,

I zoned to sleep.

An antelope, very fleet,

at tremendous speed

crashed through my body

into my heart

to ram and break

or carry away

those bad things breaking my heart.

 

It runs away

then comes back like a

magnet pulling and pushing.

The antelope travels up my bloodstream

to my brain, and it

rams and breaks

or carries away

those bad memories

breaking my brain.

 

It runs away

then comes back

like a magnet pulling and

pushing.

The antelope slides down

to my right foot, and it

rams and breaks

or carries away

those bad kicks

breaking my feet.

 

It never gets tired,

running around,

doing its job

to make me better.

 

By Rohan, 3rd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Windell Gradiz, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is John Latchett, Math Teacher. The background music is “Digya,” by Kevin MacCleod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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When a Sheep Dreams

Posted April 23, 2015 & filed under Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

 

When sheep dream

They don’t look up at

the sky, but their heads

are filled with clouds

floating quietly

this way and that

 

By Alashia, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Arianna Vara, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Jerri Deleon, Assistant Principal. The background music is “J. S. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze – BWV 208” by Kevin MacLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: February 12, 2015

Ode to Ink

Posted April 22, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Perlaroques

 

Crushed from the black rock

captured in a bottle of dark gold

like gunpowder in musket on paper

black as night

wandering in the shadows

like a spider

waiting for its prey

captured in its web

ink like armour drip by

drip on my paper

captured in a bottle

 

By Charlie, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Alexandria Collins, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Special thanks to Arvis Allen, Head Custodian at JMS. The background music is “Mysterioso March,” by Kevin MacLeod. www.Incompetech.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Hope

Posted April 21, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Darryl Neeley

 

The ocean writes notes to those

who seek its majestic treasure of beauty.

My future is swallowed by those

who disturb its tranquility.

Belief cries and sounds like a person’s heart

being double crossed and tossed away.

Monday is defeated by all the other days

like the weakest god on Mt. Olympus

being beaten by Zeus.

Determination cartwheels over

the lost hope of the living.

My heart explodes after being

broken by my first true love.

Knowledge tumbles after it has been

put to the test and failed

with a relentless fate ahead.

Hope dances as it goes down the meadow.

 

By Eti-Ini, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Kyla Mays, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Diana Grosscope, Piano Teacher. The background music is “Our Tape” by Jurrivh www.soundcloud.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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What Is

Posted April 17, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

Funny is when you see an animal

that plays

Music is a joyful journey

through your heart.

Writing is your imagination

taking you to different places.

Reading is a race to knowledge.

Flowers are the smell of joy.

Art is the imagination

of a blank piece of paper.

 

By Cheyenne, 3rd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Alex Huff, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Chandel Bonner-Hancock, Assistant Principal. The background music is “Life of Riley” by Kevin McLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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My Name

Posted April 16, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem of the Day.

My name, to me, in English means fire,

And water, raging and fighting, but not

Very different, in all they are friends,

It smells like mint, burning and sighing,

Crackling and dying,

My name has a secret, it shall not tell,

Of a magical place, hidden in a forest,

It wanders and roams a dark palace,

Dreading the ghost of a wizard,

When a hard day is over, it goes

And hides in its imagination,

It feels light, silky, and cold, but it will

Burn your finger, harsh

 

By Marina, 5th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Ambar Caldwell, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Jennifer Wood, Drama teacher.  The background music is “The Snow Queen” by Kevin MacLeod from www.Incompetech.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: July 31, 2014

Yo soy (I Am)

Posted April 14, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Soy de México donde viven mis abuelos.

Soy de las gotitas que me caen en mi cara.

Yo soy de mi mamá que me abraza y me susurra cuando me duermo.

Soy del sonido del canto de los pájaros.

Soy del corazón de mi familia.

Soy de donde la lluvia sale del cielo y me salpica mis dedos.

Yo soy de donde yo vengo.

 

I Am

 

I’m from Mexico where my grandparents live.

I am the droplets falling in my face.

I am from my mom who hugs me and whispers when I sleep.

I am the sound of the birds singing.

I’m from the heart of my family.

I’m from where the rain falls out of the sky and splashes my fingers.

I am where I come from.

 

By Emmanuel, 1st grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Fidel Argueta, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Meliza Hull-Frederick, Spanish teacher. The background music is Music by Los Dinomitos Estefan, “Mexico,” 1998. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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The River Home

Posted April 10, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Home is a River

Flowing perfectly in silence

Like a big rock for support

The waves crash against the

Sand, washing away

All obstacles in my way

 

By Maejon, 7th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Alex Cweren, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Art Teacher, Tobi Arsham. The background music is “Turning Wheel” by Ketsa. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Ali

Posted April 6, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem of the Day.

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Do you know that

there are two layers

of love and joy

inside and outside?

Look deeper, because

I understand

the color of the sun;

and there is nothing more I could ask for

than a life like

the color of my eyes.

And the great teachers

I have, with my mother

and father, they

complete my day.

As I see myself

in the mirror, I see

the beauty in me

every day.

 

By Ali-Raza, 2nd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Jaquelyn Simmons, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Super Pop Happy Song” by Five Easy Pieces. Produced by Susan Phillips. Faculty is Alex DeWalt, Assistant Principal.

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Original post: September 11, 2014

Yo tengo un bello sueño

Posted April 2, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Yo tengo un bello sueño
Sueño que estoy en una nave espacial y que viajo afuera en una galaxia.
Sueño que no exista más la violencia y que exista la paz en el alma.
¿Que sueñas?
Sueño con la noche y el corazón abierto al mundo.
Mi alma esta flotando.
Mi alma que me llama siempre veo.
Quisiera dormir para solo soñar con mi familia y mis antepasados.

I Have a Beautiful Dream

I have a beautiful dream
I am dreaming that I am in a rocketship and I am traveling out to another galaxy.
I am dreaming that there is no more violence and that there is only peace in the spirit.
What are you dreaming?
I am dreaming in the night, and the heart is open to the world.
My soul is floating.
I see my soul that calls me always.
I would like to just dream with my family and my ancestors.

By Joaquin, 2nd grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Roberto Blas, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Spring to Life” from freestockmusic.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Happy National Poetry Month!

Posted April 1, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Happy National Poetry Month! Today is the start of a Poem a Day, a month-long celebration of poetry by WITS students. Each weekday we will share a poem by one of our talented students here on the blog. You can also check out the poems via the WITS facebook, instagram, or twitter, and listen to the poems read by Johnston Middle School students, on the radio station KPFT 90.1, at 4:30 pm. Make sure you subscribe to the WITS blog today to receive the poem of the day in your inbox.


Ode to the Library

I open the door,
It is
silent.

I walk to the
shelf.

Thump, Thump.
My feet echo.

I find my book. Thump, Thump.
I walk to a table.
I find a warm corner.
Sunlight comes over me,
like a yellow bubble.
In I go!

Adventuring with Percy and Annabeth.
Back to shelf.
Found another one. In Puppy
Place with Lizzie and Charles
All done! Back to shelf.

Here we are, another one.
Back to table.
Thump, Thump.
Gone to the rodeo with Kylie Jean.

Back again. Glance at clock.
It’s almost 5! Please just one book more!

Race to shelf. One last time.
Thumpata, Thumpata, Thump! Screeching halt.
Scan the shelf. Grab the book. Race to table.
Open book. Time flies.
Chapter 5.

Mom comes in. Time to go!
Check out book. Dragging feet.

In the car. Buckle up. Watch sadly
out the window as the library flies out
of sight.

By Morgan, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Eliana Collins, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Walk in the Night” from freestockmusic.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and KPFT 90.1.

Land of the Lone Star

Posted April 30, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

Leaving land of lone star

of heat, humidity, and horses

on a huge white bird

over open ocean

in night’s ebony embrace

Out of the ominous

an amazing archipelago

the pearl of perfection

the majesty of mountains

home

By Samuel, 7th Grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by  Carson Brown, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A 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. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer and KPFT volunteer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

Hardly Myself

Posted April 25, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

Today again I am hardly myself.

Grass sprouts from my hair like antennae.

Flowers become my eye lashes

as bark covers my soul.

My teeth are like acorns

crunching on my concrete tongue.

Rocks and stones become

my hardcore bones.

Thorns grow like fingernails

on my berry-scented skin.

Roses are my ears,

only for the bees.

My toes are the squishy

clay straight from the ground.

The plaque on my teeth is

like rust from metal.

My lungs beat like the

countdown on a clock.

Why, why am I hardly myself?

By J. B., 4th Grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Elizabeth Tyska, an 8th grade at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A 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. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer and KPFT volunteer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

Oceanlight

Posted April 24, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

A haunted lighthouse flicks on

and off. Sailors get lost.

The moon beams onto the middle

of the ocean.

Until a breezy wind floats by

and no more light shines.

Only sounds of waves float by

And mystery falls into the air.

By Julia, 3rd Grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Kevin Hernandez, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A 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. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer and KPFT volunteer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

The Night

Posted April 19, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

Owls are hooting

The stars look pale yellow

like they are invisible

When everyone is asleep

thousands of animals hunt

In the north sky the moon

is bright white

There’s a sweet smell coming

from the trees

The night goes by very fast

like butter slipping out of your hands

until the sun comes up

By Rhea, 5th grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Jonathan Zepeda, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston.

This poem is featured as part of the 2013 A 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. 

Special thanks to Susan Phillips, an independent radio producer and KPFT volunteer in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.