Dear Dad

Posted April 12, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.


You are the campfire that smells like earth

and you are like the letter ‘U.’

You are the soccer team and

the ball getting a goal

that helps your team win. You are a

car driving all over the world.

However, you are not the pizza

trapped in heat. You are not the

paddle that slips from the canoe.

You are not the dinosaur that eats boys.

I am the days of swimming and catching fish

with friends. I am playing cars and making goals.

I am the sun that walks the earth.

By Ulises, 3rd Grade


Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Ajay Ramsander, 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 in Houston, who recorded and produced all the poems for the WITS A Poem a Day campaign.  

The Best

Posted June 22, 2009 & filed under Notebook.

Dad, don’t you know I’ve gotten
so big since you last saw me
that I’m in high school now, so stop
sending me Barbies for Christmas.

Dad, don’t you know that I’ve changed
my mind about being a doctor,
that my place is up on the stage, not in
the surgery room with its quiet light.

Dad, don’t you know that I’ve accomplished
so much, jumped so many hurdles,
faced so many fears that I’m so
proud of myself. I hope somehow
I’ve made you proud, too.

By Jennifer, 9th grade
[photo by la plume et le vent via flickr]