Sonic Lime

Posted June 23, 2017 & filed under mentor text, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

I once met a tiny

strange martian

named Louie.

He told me

he had a

deep temptation

to leave

his home

and escape

to the lush

green world

of sonic lime.

The Birth of Color

Posted April 28, 2017 & filed under mentor text, Notebook, Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

 

The beautiful sunset
making shades
of blue,
green,
red,
pink,
yellow,
and orange,
eyes of the wandering beings
opening,
looking,
watching
from their windows,
the golden yellow tree,
the sunset lake,
children playing,
bluebirds chirping,
the blue leaves,
dark green haunting shadows,
a red horse,
people hard at work,
a bright sunny day,
trees reaching up to grow,
mothers making supper for their children,
and a door opening,
telling people to come.
This is the birth of color.

by Kirby, 3rd grade

Click the media player above to listen to the poem read on Sunny 99.1KPFT 90.1, and KTRU 96.1 Addison, WITS Youth Advisory Council Student. The background music is “Sweet” by Bensound.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, KPFT 90.1, Sunny 99.1, and KTR

 

Original post: October 11, 2016

Azul (Blue)

Posted January 8, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

Azul, que bailas en el cielo
Azul, las cachapas de Venezuela
Azul, como “Mary”
Alas de un pájaro
Azul, el pelaje
Azul
Que te oigo
En el mar
Azul
Como si ves el bien
En un Dios
Azul
Te veo
Como amor

~
Blue, you are dancing in the sky.
Blue, the cachapas of Venezuela
Blue, like the “Mary”
Wings of a bird
Blue, the hair
Blue
That I hear you
In the sea
Blue
Like if you see the good
in God
Blue
I see you
Like Love

by Paola, 2nd Grade

Yellow

Posted April 17, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

Yellow

is a sun

lighting the day.

Yellow is a banana

in my stomach. Yellow

is my mother

forever cleaning

in the kitchen.

Yellow is cold

as gold. It is a rock

a child paints. A yellow blanket

wrapping a baby. It is

the smell of vegetable soup

and birthday cake. Yellow

is a duckling swimming

when the sun is setting.

By Diego, 3rd grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Trevor Mangum 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.  

Wa, Wa, Wa

Posted September 14, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

When I’m in the hospital,

I feel colors going crazy inside me.

I go, “Wa, wa, wa.”

That’s what my picture says,

“Wa, Wa, Wa.”

“Wa, Wa, Wa”

by Xavier, age 4

The Rainbow at the Beach

Posted April 19, 2011 & filed under Poem of the Day.

I see with my artist’s eyes a rainbow in the sky.
It has lots of color:
Blue, purple, pink, orange, red, white, and green.
I am at the beach. At first, the water is cold.
Then the water turns hot.
My mom gets into the water.
It’s cold for her, and then it’s hot.
Then, as we swim,
the rainbow goes away.

by Melanie, 2nd grade

Photo by tomt6788 via Flickr

This poem is featured as part of the 2011 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo  to learn more.

Yellow Planet

Posted April 11, 2011 & filed under Poem of the Day.

I see the golden sun
Rising upon me
Like a star in the black
Shadows of night,
Shining on the palace of
Gold and happiness.
I see you, sun.
I see a beautiful woman
With her gold hair shining,
Yellow skin and golden eyes
Of my yellow world.
Golden fruits of yellow.
I see and love you, yellow.
Come shine your golden wings.

by Chinenye, 3rd grade

Photo by ElvertBarnes via Flickr

This poem is featured as part of the 2011 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.

Green

Posted April 6, 2011 & filed under Poem of the Day.

What is Green?
Is it the fresh cut grass or the lime in your tea?
Does it feel like the powder when you put your makeup on?
Green is life.
Looking at the bright green field makes you root for your team.
The celery in
your hand.
The green water.
Listen.
Wait.
Splash!
Seeing an island as the green kingdom where
Green trees with leaves blow
silently in the
wind.
Money crackling in your hand. You’re on top of the world.
This is green.

by Ananda, 5th grade

Photo By Kit Keat via Flickr

This poem is featured as part of the 2011 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.

Color Poems

Posted March 1, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Yellow

Like a beaming,
little bugs shining
for attention,
it sticks out like the sun sticks
the world out with light.

Red
Steaming creatures
sparkle into flames
of one little color.
It sounds like a fire
of beautiful creation.

Blue
Like the sky and the ocean
coming together
to make a shining view
that never fades.

Yellow Red Blue
Like a wave of storks
beaming toward you,
the dolphin and the bird.
Many blue colors are
very nice shades
of an unjudged color
that shines everywhere.

By Alex, 2nd grade
Photo by Oregon State University Archives via Flickr

Pink

Posted February 22, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Pink is a soft as my jacket.

Pink tastes like cherry pie.

Pink smells like sweet corn candy.

Pink sounds like a song.

By Triniti, 1st grade

Photo by tanakawho via Flickr

 

Blue

Posted April 30, 2010 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

12 pale silhouettes dancing
in a moonlit courtyard
glistening under a gossamer fog.
That is why the sky is blue. A rather
odd remark. The silhouettes were clouds
swaying in the moonlit courtyard of the sky.
The low, gossamer fog danced, made blue
silhouettes resembling the sky.
The sky danced in the tall, pale cedar tree
that shined like the gray chimes that
hung from it. In the magnolia tree,
flowers blooming with small petals
curling in circles like the sky in
which the blue world began.

By Zoe, 4th grade
[photo by kevin dean via flickr]

Originally published on July 8, 2009.

apad2This poem is featured as part of the 2010 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.

I am Eunice

Posted February 10, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

I am tickle me pink. I am strawberry ice cream. I am soft sweetness that comes with coolness.

I am tickle me pink. I am blush. I am the shyness from a little girl’s cheeks.

I am tickle me pink. I am a heart. I am a kindness that comes from inside.

I am tickle me pink. I am cotton candy. I am a cloud in a dream world.

I am tickle me pink. I am flowers. I am a color that fills a green field.

I am tickle me pink. I am fragrance. I am a calming smell from flowers.

I am tickle me pink. I am a blanket. I am warmness and softness you can feel.

By Eunice, 8th grade
[photo by rockodile via flickr]

Rojo que te quiero rojo (Red, I Love You, Red)

Posted January 6, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

 

Rojo el agua salpicando rojo en las hojas
Rojo el cielo
Roja la luz
Rojo los animales
Rojo el tronco sobre el suelo y las hojas sobre los árboles
Rojo, que te quiero, Rojo
Roja la sangre
Rojo el mar
Rojo el pájaro sobre el árbol
Rojo el corazón en el cuerpo con fuego ardiendo
Rojo, que te quiero, Rojo
Rojo los ruidos
Rojas mis lágrimas
Rojo el mundo sobre el espacio
~
Red, the water sprinkling on the leaves
Red, the sky
Red, the light
Red, the animals
Red, the tree trunk on the ground and the leaves around the trees
Red, I love you, Red
Red blood
The red sea
Red is the bird perched on the tree
Red is the heart in the body blazing on fire
Red, I love you, Red
Red noises
Red, my tears
Red, the earth suspended in space

By Jakeline, 3rd grade
[photo by komarovart via flickr]

Red is a Rose that I Gave to My Mom

Posted February 3, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

 

Red is a rose that I gave to my Mom for Fourth of July.
Yellow is a banana that my brother and I shared together.
Blue is the sky.
Blue is the sky that has clouds, bright white clouds.
It gives us water and water gives plants what they need.
Red is a red heart that I gave my mother on
Valentine’s day.
Red is a red book. Yellow is a  yoyo.
Yellow is a yellow book and a yellow plate on the shelf.

By Asia, 2nd grade
[photo by gaposh617 via flickr]

Colors and Blah

Posted December 17, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

true-colors-by-melissa-ayr

I never thought the day would come.
The day when I would feel
the dullness of the gray,
the anger of the yellow.
I remember clearly,
why I painted my
emotions.

By Sophia, 4th grade
[True Colors by Melissa Ayr, ayrmail via flickr]

The Blue

Posted September 20, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

The blue
Of
The coral,
The
Texture of the shell.
It looks
Like
Fish,
Fish that
Are sad.
The feel
Is
Peace.
The
Feel
Is lonely
And
The sky,
So quiet,
The rocks,
All so
Smooth.

By Madison, 3rd grade
[photo by Corica via flickr]

It’s In You

Posted August 28, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

Once, a man never
let his feelings out.
He remembered everything.

One day, he became an explosion.
He threw pink and gray
and all the other colors,
and for the rest of his
life, he was playful.

By Chloe, 4th grade

[photo by bugsandfishes by lupin via flickr]

Purple

Posted August 1, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

Purple is a velvet veil across a snowy flowerbed

Purple is fuzzy and silky

Purple is zingy hot tea sizzling in your mouth

Purple smells like a combination of fresh berries and peach skin

Purple is a fantasy book

Purple is warm chocolate milk

Purple is a playful puppy

Purple is smooth jazz

Purple is happiness

by Alexa, 6th grade

[photo by wisdoc via flickr]

Color Me by Dani

Posted July 23, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

Color me like the oceans in the afternoon.
Color me like the sun in the morning.
Color me like the lime in the bowl.
Color me like the tomato in my backyard.
Color me like the light in the sky.
Color me like the sky at night.
Color me like the roses in the ground.

poem by Dani, 1st grade

photo by Shawn Xian via Flickr