Hope for the World
(Inspired by a Mark Rothko Painting)
Anger, what has our world become?
Pollution, smoking, and all sorts of bad
Things. What has our world become?
As Earth orbits the sun, as more time
Passes, anger conquers our
World. What has our world become?
Look at our oceans. There’s trash
As far as the eye can
See. What has our world become?
You hear sounds of anger
All around. Even you have felt the
Pain. What has our world become?
But do you see that white line?
That is hope. Hope for our world.
So, as you look around, ask yourself,
“What can I do to help this world
To conquer anger, as it did conquer us?”
By Sophie, 4th grade
I am the koala that climbs.
You are the wind that flows through the trees.
I certainly am flowers in the meadow.
There is not a doubt that you are the wolf that runs,
but I am the sound of birds that sing in the morning,
and you are the soft stream that flows.
I am the lemur that swings,
and you are the eagle that soars.
I definitely am the breaking dawn,
and you are the colors of the rainbow.
I am the silence of night,
and you are the monkey that howls.
I am the shepherd’s sheep.
You are the swaying branches.
I am the bright blue sky.
You are the white, clean dove.
I am the icy mountain.
You are the fruit that ripens.
I am the Arctic Circle.
You are the calmed ocean.
I am the soft, sweet sand.
You are the sound of joy.
I am the lion that sleeps.
You are the shark that moves forward.
I am the shining fish.
You are the nature of the world.
by Antonio, 3rd grade
Photo by semuthutan via Flickr
Happy Earth Day! 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.
Earth, teach me to fly like the birds
And to love like them because they sing to everyone
Earth, teach me to grow like the trees and grow up to make paper
And to be tall like them so I can play basketball
Earth, help me camouflage and hide like all the clever animals
Earth, help me to be strong like the bear
And teach me to turn different colors like the leaves of fall
Earth, I just want to be silly like the squirrels that have no worries
As they run around and run around looking for acorns.
By Amos, 3rd grade
[photo by NASA from Apollo mission]
This poem is featured as part of the 2009 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.
Earth, teach me to be louder than an
elephant so my teacher can hear me.
Earth, help me to jump like a kangaroo
so I can jump better than everyone.
Earth, teach me to slither like a snake
so I can go wherever I want.
Earth, teach me to be like a lion
so I can rule the world.
Earth, teach me to be a tree
so I can be calm.
by Melanie, 3rd grade
[photo by Andrew Hollander via flickr]