Cinco de Mayo

Posted May 5, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  In Houston, the city with the third-largest Mexican population in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a popular day for recognizing and appreciating Mexican heritage and culture.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is a poem written by a 3rd grade WITS student at Travis Elementary:


Mexico sings like the birds in my world.

My house yawns when I tell it to awake.

The sunflowers play games with me.

The grass whispers to me about its life,

and I whisper back.

The sun beams when I need to cheer up.

The cactus talks while I listen, and

I talk while it listens.

I share my secrets with the sky, and

it promises not to tell.

The moon never sobs because I am

there to comfort it.

The wind dances and whips up my hair.

All of this happens because Mexico sings.

by Anna, age 9


Posted April 14, 2010 & filed under Poem of the Day.

I, the star god,
Take bones from the
Underworlds of past times
To create mankind.
Xanath, meaning star,
Another story for
Another night. Tomorrow’s
Sun will be here to wake
Us up soon enough.
Let us go to our mats
Now and sleep
As the stars up above.
A shining light,
The light of the night.

By Lorena, 6th grade

Originally published on November 17, 2009.

apad2This 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.