Holding It Together

Posted January 16, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

It’s January and that’s not a good month for me
My family always struggles in January
Bills pile up, we usually have to change apartments
My brother needs a jacket, my mom has got the flu
It’s January and that’s not a good month for me
I have a hard time going back to school
so I start low to the ground and put my head down,
I keep moving forward, holding it together
as best I can.

By Danielle, 10th grade


Posted January 26, 2012 & filed under Notebook.

(inspired by Joe Brainard’s book-length poem I Remember)

I remember when we ate black-eyed peas for good luck

but then we had bad luck because our dog died

I remember when it got so cold we had to wear mittens and

then the next week we wore flip flops because it was 75 degrees

I remember going to a Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and then not

being able to remember where we parked our car

I  remember getting poison ivy, which I thought would be dead in


I remember this month the best because it’s my birthday and

my mom lets me pick what kind of cake I want

By Jazz, 4th grade