Posted April 27, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

If there is a cat on your head


If there is a feather in your spaghetti


If there are ants in your pants

freak out

If there is love in your heart

pass it on.

By Johana, 4th grade

Click the link (above) to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Kathryn Chavez, a 4th grade student at Parker Elementary in Houston.


This poem is featured as part of the 2012 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.


Posted September 2, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Way at night when you are asleep

And you are way done counting jumping sheep

Your nose jumps down into your jeep

It drives around, collecting smells

from lights, posts, signs, and bells,

and from rocks and stones and limestone shells

It may get off at Target or the Gap

to lure those smells into its trap

The smells travel through the holes,

like earthworms, like underground moles

to fill the tank up is one of its goals

And when the morning sun rises

the nose goes back with big suprises

It goes back to you in your bunk–

Oh, no!

It brought the smell of a skunk!

by Santiago, 4th grade

Ode to My Feet

Posted December 4, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

two-lil-feet-by-qatarmeOh feet,
without you
there would
only be stumpcovers.
Without you
we would all
be in wheelchairs.
Oh feet why
won’t you smell better?
Oh why are you
so big I trip
on all my sister’s toys?
Without you
I couldn’t stand
up to turn on
the TV. Without
you, I couldn’t
kick my sister
in the pants
when she
deserves it.

By Raymond, 6th grade
[photo by Qatar&Me via flickr]