Chop, Wham, Bam!

Posted April 9, 2014 & filed under Poem of the Day.

Chop, wham, bam!

That’s the way

to start your day!

You don’t need


You don’t need


Chop, wham, bam!

Be your own

energy drink.

Be your own


by Franklin, 5th grade



Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by DioMarvellous Nsopor, a 7th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “Tabata Tribal Beat” by Tabata Song. Produced by Susan Phillips.

This poem is featured as part of the 2014 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.



Original post published: August 27, 2013

Wake Up

Posted April 30, 2008 & filed under Poem of the Day.

We are one nation, a federation of
people struggling to get an education
for graduation, patients and doctors
lost in contemplation because there is
no illumination. Without conversation
citizens live and work in desperation and
vote every day for liberation. We need to
stop the hallucinations and the wrongful
incarcerations, slamming people in jail,
making the innocent hurt for one mistake.
Wake up, America! It’s time for celebration,
for we are all one—a nation, a federation with
only one chance.

By Niocca, age 16