Poetry

Muscles, a Fish

Self Portrait by James Griffen © 2012

there’s always a wrinkle in water
flashing dashing round and round
hopes of friendship like colored flakes
r g y g b
 e r  e  r  r
  d e  l   e  o
      e  l   y w
       n  o      n
             w

he sees this as another day of social studies
I see him as another friend
one I hope will last forever
a fish is a fish no matter if it’s loved
or not

our friends have left us wondering
how life will turn out after
the ones
you left
are gone

Erez is a ten-year-old student in C. W. Henry’s 4th grade GS program. He loves to play golf (when it’s warmer), and made the Roxborough Y swim team. Erez lives mostly with his mom, but he writes poetry with his dad. He has a four-year-old sister, Rebecca.

I am an Oak Tree

I am an oak tree.
Big, bold, tall, kind, your best friend...
Child, look after me.


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I Am From

I am from
Dominican Republic
Where it is
poor and not
so good, where
we have to
search walls
and rivers and beaches are so
beautiful

I am from
music and dance
where love
is never
broken
I’m from
where empty
plates are a thing.
Where family
is always
together and
never apart.
I am from Dominican Republic
where Dios may free you.

Kalmaris Diaz is in the sixth grade at Feltonville Arts and Sciences in North Philly. Her favorite subject is Math, and she likes to hang out with her family in her spare 

Nicknames For Me

The valedictorian who loves to win
Lazy girl, hazy girl
Girl with black locks who rarely ever mocks
Homework hater, the debater
Always uptight, very bright
Strong and loud, makes her family proud
The reader of books
She who cooks,
Stubborn and sporty, also very courty
A leader, a beader
This is me defined!

Chloe Dinh is a 10-year-old who lives in Lindenwold, NJ. She loves reading and has won three medals for it. Chloe is all about grades, grades, and grades! She loves to play ping pong, sew, and bake. Chloe wants to be a politician when she is older.

Big, bold, tall, kind, your best friend

I am an oak tree.
Big, bold, tall, kind, your best friend.
Child, look after me.

Caroline is 11 years old and a student in the fifth grade at Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood, New Jersey. When Caroline gets older, she hopes to be a scientist or a veterinarian. Her advice for writers and artists young and old: mistakes are not always the end. They are the bloom of new ideas.

Little River

Life surrounds me,
It allows me to relax.
Turtles lay in the sun on their rock,
Time feels less rushed.
Ladybugs sit in their bush,
Earth spins slowly with my thoughts

Resting in my kayak,
I am free again.
Voices of nature whisper,
Evergreen trees all around,
Rain can't wash me away from here.

I am an oak tree

I am an oak tree.
Big, bold, tall, kind, your best friend.
Child, look after me. 

It’s a Wonderful Half-Life

I live a half-life,
Full of half-baked things.
Half-friends, half-dreams, and half-songs to sing.
Half-formed goals for a half-planned tomorrow.
Half-done coping for half-felt sorrow. 

The half-lived life, some think is insane.
With half-happy joy and half-seething pain.
But when life keeps threatening and belittling you,
You find it much easier just to cut it in two. 

Connor Healy is in the twelfth grade and he enjoys writing poetry. He lives in Medford, NJ, with his little brother and two little sisters. In his spare time, Connor also enjoys riding his bike and acting in musical theatre shows.

I Wish

Um, excuse me, sir,
Could you please stop the world now?
I’d like to get off.

Connor Healy is in the twelfth grade and enjoys writing poetry. He lives in Medford, NJ with his little brother and two little sisters. In his spare time, Connor also enjoys riding his bike and acting in musical theatre shows.

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