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