Bowl of Rice

Posted September 4, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

It’s what I eat when I’m happy

when my whole family is together

and everyone is talking at once.

It’s what I eat when I’m sad

when I can’t get my mind off

my problems at school.

It’s what my ancestors ate and

what I’ll make for my children.

It’s like the shoes I wear or the

shirt on my back, always there.

By Neesha, 5th grade

What I Want

Posted April 3, 2013 & filed under Poem of the Day.

 

I want to crush the trash of struggle

that my people go through

for the invisible spirits of joy

to appear as happiness again.

I want to capture the moment when

the devastation of my people blows

away with the monsoon winds that

come from the north.

I want to remember how the

Vietnamese dragon once came,

bringing happiness like a rare toy

to our people.

I want to write about how the

wet rice fields were our only key

to survival and how my people will

bring peace to the world.

By Jacqueline, 5th Grade

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Carol Lahana, a 6th 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.