WITS Student Writes Poem of Hope to the City of Houston

Posted August 30, 2017 & filed under News, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

This morning, we received a touching gift – a poem written by one of our Writers in the Schools (WITS) students, Eshaan.

Eshaan, a 6th grader, crafted this poem during the course of his family’s journey through Harvey, and offers it up to the city of Houston as a way of bringing everyone together with words of hope.

Starting this week, WITS is volunteering at shelters to help more of our young neighbors tell their stories, because storytelling is healing, and we are #houstonstrong.

Hurricane Harvey: A Terrifying Tempest

Daily gales gossip of terror,
And tornadoes clone as if in infinite mirrors,
God watches over us though,
And as the winds blow,
He oversees,
Cities turning into seas.

I feel helpless,
As I pray for victims’ wellness.
Distraught and crying,
Kin of victims sighing,
Why is Mother Nature so cruel?

One minute there is sunrise,
The next moment you hear cries,
Young babies,
Old ladies,
All trapped in this haplessness.

A second Noah’s Ark,
God tells us to hark!
Batten down the hatches,
And as He snaps trees like matches,
Remember we are all one.

As bombs explode,
And tears flow,
Those on cloud seven,
Come down from heaven.
As barrages fire,
All unite in this horrid quagmire.

As we come together,
We will remake Houston for the better.
Resurrection is impossible,
But together we make it possible.
Harvey left distraught in his wake,
Many a person who stay awake.
If we unite as one,
We can get rebuilding done.

Neighbors help neighbors,
And the common man labors.
The hand hardened from oaring,
Helpful souls soaring.
911 is overworked,
As residents do their tornado homework.

We must pray,
And not stray,
Stay calm and strong,
For I believe God will see us through this storm.

By Eshaan

My Heart

Posted February 14, 2017 & filed under Notebook.

My heart

is the sea

brushing on

the rocks

My heart

is an invincible

sumo wrestler

My heart is

Christmas

morning over

and over

My heart

is fierce,

an unbelievable

force

It is all true

because it is

my heart.

By Nelson, 3rd grade

Originally published Dec 10, 2010.

Hanukkah Poem

Posted December 24, 2016 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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Light the glittering candles

Chant the ancient prayers

Spin the colorful dreidels

Eat the crunchy latkes

Sing a holiday song

Remember a Jewish miracle

Tear open a hundred gifts!

By Sam

 

Future Traveler

Posted April 30, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Angelo Rossi

 

I’m the brightest parrot

flying in the jungle.

I’m the sugar in the coffee,

maybe the salt to the sour salad.

I’m the moon that glistens in the dark;

he’s like the sun to the sunset.

We are the peak of a cold mountain.

You are the skyscraper to the breeze;

I’m the greatest spark in the crystal,

shining like when the sunlight

touches a diamond and it starts

to blink brightly. I’m a big

ball of fire, made from hot lava

that comes out of a volcano

of courage. I’m the future traveler,

and I will meet you in the future.

 

By Kevin, 6th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Summer Ames, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Gary Leger, Magnet Coordinator. Music is by Gerry Davis, “Magical Forest.” www.jamendo.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: November 14, 2014

What am I?

Posted April 29, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Judy Schmidt

 

I am in the center of a galaxy.

I am a circle or a sphere.

I am black.

Light cannot escape from me.

Flying objects get sucked into me.

It is very silent where I live.

 

What am I?

A black hole!

 

By Kavin, 1st grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Gabriel Canepa, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Ches Smith, Campus Technologist. Music is by NonMemory, “Black Hole II” www.freemusicarchive.org. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: July 18, 2014

A Story to Tell

Posted April 28, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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My eyes have a story to tell.

I was born in a place that freezes the ground.

Life was beautiful before the war.

Now I am devastated.

I feel like the world has come to an end.

There is no house, there is no food.

I beg for money.

I am scared of dying and soldiers with guns.

I dream of peace.

All I want is to be with my family.

I dream of love.

 

By Natasha, 2nd grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Kylie Silva, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Dr. Ben Grube, Orchestra Director. The background music is “When the Moon Fall” by Ketsa, www.jamendo.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Change

Posted April 27, 2015 & filed under Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

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Photo by: Aikawa Ke

 

Sometimes I don’t like change

but then I remember how

leaves turn red and gold,

then fall of and then grow

back again bright green.

I remember change is part of the life

cycle and I’m okay with it.

 

By Justine, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Caprice Haddad, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Susan Calvin, 8th grade History Teacher The background music is “Hope For Tomorrow” by Seastock. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: January 12, 2015

 

Mist of the Night

Posted April 24, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Great Beyond

 

In the mist of the night,

I zoned to sleep.

An antelope, very fleet,

at tremendous speed

crashed through my body

into my heart

to ram and break

or carry away

those bad things breaking my heart.

 

It runs away

then comes back like a

magnet pulling and pushing.

The antelope travels up my bloodstream

to my brain, and it

rams and breaks

or carries away

those bad memories

breaking my brain.

 

It runs away

then comes back

like a magnet pulling and

pushing.

The antelope slides down

to my right foot, and it

rams and breaks

or carries away

those bad kicks

breaking my feet.

 

It never gets tired,

running around,

doing its job

to make me better.

 

By Rohan, 3rd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Windell Gradiz, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is John Latchett, Math Teacher. The background music is “Digya,” by Kevin MacCleod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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When a Sheep Dreams

Posted April 23, 2015 & filed under Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

 

When sheep dream

They don’t look up at

the sky, but their heads

are filled with clouds

floating quietly

this way and that

 

By Alashia, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Arianna Vara, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Jerri Deleon, Assistant Principal. The background music is “J. S. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze – BWV 208” by Kevin MacLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: February 12, 2015

Ode to Ink

Posted April 22, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Perlaroques

 

Crushed from the black rock

captured in a bottle of dark gold

like gunpowder in musket on paper

black as night

wandering in the shadows

like a spider

waiting for its prey

captured in its web

ink like armour drip by

drip on my paper

captured in a bottle

 

By Charlie, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Alexandria Collins, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Special thanks to Arvis Allen, Head Custodian at JMS. The background music is “Mysterioso March,” by Kevin MacLeod. www.Incompetech.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Hope

Posted April 21, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: Darryl Neeley

 

The ocean writes notes to those

who seek its majestic treasure of beauty.

My future is swallowed by those

who disturb its tranquility.

Belief cries and sounds like a person’s heart

being double crossed and tossed away.

Monday is defeated by all the other days

like the weakest god on Mt. Olympus

being beaten by Zeus.

Determination cartwheels over

the lost hope of the living.

My heart explodes after being

broken by my first true love.

Knowledge tumbles after it has been

put to the test and failed

with a relentless fate ahead.

Hope dances as it goes down the meadow.

 

By Eti-Ini, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Kyla Mays, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Diana Grosscope, Piano Teacher. The background music is “Our Tape” by Jurrivh www.soundcloud.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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I Can Write From

Posted April 20, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

I can write from an arrow of fire of the cruelness of this world.

I can write from a sword of ice of all the cold hearted people in our earth.

I can write from a rainbow feather of the kindness of my people.

I can write from a flower burning but not dying,

because I know we will stand even on the ends of the earth.

I can write from a sword with the stabbing truth.

I can write from broken chains because even in times of slavery

I will let my people free.

 

By Christian, 3rd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Donovan Williams, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Dr. Jose Rocha, Orchestra Director. The background music is “Aftermath” by Gregoire Lourme from www.jammendo.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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What Is

Posted April 17, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

Funny is when you see an animal

that plays

Music is a joyful journey

through your heart.

Writing is your imagination

taking you to different places.

Reading is a race to knowledge.

Flowers are the smell of joy.

Art is the imagination

of a blank piece of paper.

 

By Cheyenne, 3rd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Alex Huff, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Chandel Bonner-Hancock, Assistant Principal. The background music is “Life of Riley” by Kevin McLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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My Name

Posted April 16, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem of the Day.

My name, to me, in English means fire,

And water, raging and fighting, but not

Very different, in all they are friends,

It smells like mint, burning and sighing,

Crackling and dying,

My name has a secret, it shall not tell,

Of a magical place, hidden in a forest,

It wanders and roams a dark palace,

Dreading the ghost of a wizard,

When a hard day is over, it goes

And hides in its imagination,

It feels light, silky, and cold, but it will

Burn your finger, harsh

 

By Marina, 5th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Ambar Caldwell, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Jennifer Wood, Drama teacher.  The background music is “The Snow Queen” by Kevin MacLeod from www.Incompetech.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Original post: July 31, 2014

Guardian of Kids

Posted April 15, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Photo by: mrhayata

 

My mom is the ferocious dragon

Defending her egg on the lake.

My mom is the queen of nature

And defender of homes.

She always lets me have

The last piece of food at the dining table.

My mom is the chef of all sweets in the world.

She is the gatekeeper of perfume land.

When I am sick, the bridge to heaven

Opens when she walks through the door.

When I yell for help

She is like a gust of wind ready to aid me.

Whoosh!

 

By Maddox, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Grant Cambron, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Chelsea Kennedy, KickStart Karate Instructor.The background music is by Kevin MacCleod, “The War is Not Lost” from www.incompetech.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Yo soy (I Am)

Posted April 14, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Soy de México donde viven mis abuelos.

Soy de las gotitas que me caen en mi cara.

Yo soy de mi mamá que me abraza y me susurra cuando me duermo.

Soy del sonido del canto de los pájaros.

Soy del corazón de mi familia.

Soy de donde la lluvia sale del cielo y me salpica mis dedos.

Yo soy de donde yo vengo.

 

I Am

 

I’m from Mexico where my grandparents live.

I am the droplets falling in my face.

I am from my mom who hugs me and whispers when I sleep.

I am the sound of the birds singing.

I’m from the heart of my family.

I’m from where the rain falls out of the sky and splashes my fingers.

I am where I come from.

 

By Emmanuel, 1st grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Fidel Argueta, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Meliza Hull-Frederick, Spanish teacher. The background music is Music by Los Dinomitos Estefan, “Mexico,” 1998. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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The River Home

Posted April 10, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Home is a River

Flowing perfectly in silence

Like a big rock for support

The waves crash against the

Sand, washing away

All obstacles in my way

 

By Maejon, 7th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Alex Cweren, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Art Teacher, Tobi Arsham. The background music is “Turning Wheel” by Ketsa. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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It Can Wait

Posted April 8, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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I see what you’re trying to do

I promise

Many believe that words gave us life

So you type and you swipe

Your numbers and letters

To give life to a maximum of 160 characters

 

In your driver’s seat

You become the narrator

But what is it worth

If you can’t save the five most important characters

Y-O-U

And don’t forget

M-E

 

I don’t understand

How could this be going on

Our lives are finally worth more than a drink

But worth less than an emoticon

 

Just a few letters

That could be all it takes

Keep your eyes on the road

So you can put your foot on the brakes

 

We have to make a change

We’ve got to make it right

It’s all fun and games

Until LOL stands for Loss of Life

 

You only have one chance

You don’t get to do this twice

So as you drive

Strive for life

 

You still have 160 characters

All I’m asking is that you save five

But if you can’t

And decided that you are worth less than three

Don’t do it for you

Do it for M-E

 

By Homer, 12th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Sophia Singleton, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Sun-Filled” by Ketsa, from the Free Music Archive. freemusicarchive.org Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Ali

Posted April 6, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem of the Day.

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Do you know that

there are two layers

of love and joy

inside and outside?

Look deeper, because

I understand

the color of the sun;

and there is nothing more I could ask for

than a life like

the color of my eyes.

And the great teachers

I have, with my mother

and father, they

complete my day.

As I see myself

in the mirror, I see

the beauty in me

every day.

 

By Ali-Raza, 2nd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Jaquelyn Simmons, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Super Pop Happy Song” by Five Easy Pieces. Produced by Susan Phillips. Faculty is Alex DeWalt, Assistant Principal.

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Original post: September 11, 2014

Here and Now I Love You

Posted April 3, 2015 & filed under Poem of the Day.

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Here and now I love you. You make

the moon blue. You make

my every wish come true. People

 

always want the sun to walk

slower when you are here

and the night to go by quickly

so they can see you faster.

 

You love me so dearly.

You’re scared when you leave me.

But you are far away,

but I see you ride fearfully

on that only cloud. But you

are the one, the one & only mom.

 

By Kyra, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Preston Parker, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Falling Away” from freestockmusic.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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