Giraffe

Posted April 2, 2014 & filed under Notebook.

At the zoo

I saw a

giraffe.

He was as

tall as a

building.

I wanted

to slide

down his

neck.

by Lucas, age 3

 

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Malik Walker, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. The background music is “I Just Can’t Wait (To Go To The Zoo)” by Anna Lee. 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.

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Original post published: August 12, 2013

Giraffe

Posted August 12, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

At the zoo

I saw a

giraffe.

He was as

tall as a

building.

I wanted

to slide

down his

neck.

By Lucas, age 3

The Lioness

Posted October 2, 2008 & filed under Notebook.

Her view, apart from the rest of the
world, has never changed.
She paces back and forth,
waiting to be taken back,
waiting to be where she should belong.

She feels trapped
behind a clear glass,
in which everyone
is staring at her, moving freely to
wherever they like.

Her disappointed look
explains everything.
She used to be the head of the pride,
but now she’s headed towards a life
as blank as a page.

She longs to be free,
moving about the savanna
but every time the faces
appear pressed against the wall,
her desire has been washed away.

By Anushka, 7th grade
[photo by MShades via flickr]