Forest Orchestra

Posted September 30, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

The tie-dyed fall leaves flutter down
from the towering tree like butterflies.
They softly float to rest on the untouched snow.
Meanwhile a gorgeous red robin sings. Her mate must be catching worms
for the family.
The wind is howling. The water is stirring. The crickets are chirping along.
Just listen and you’ll hear…
The forest turns into an orchestra of howling, stirring, chirping and more!
by Isabel, 4th grade

This poem was written as part of the WITS Environmental Writing Project at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, sponsored by Shell, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Jacob & Terese Hershey Foundation.

The Rhinocerosaur

Posted April 5, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.


The Rhinocerosaur is half rhino,

Half T-Rex. He is now extinct

From the Houston Arboretum,

But he still lives in a training center

In my backyard.

I got him from an egg

That was in the ground

He smells like cologne

And feels slimy.

My Rhinocerosaur loves to perch.

He makes a luko-liko sound.

I have to use sign language

To talk to him.

By Damien, 2nd Grade


Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Mia Coyle, a 7th 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.