Poetry

The Right to Be Heard

Discrimination and prejudice are running wild,

  as rampant and untamed as a little child

Like a ferocious beat it will not be stopped

  unless a decision is made by someone on top

Top, top, top like the president--

Jared Taylor, 6th-grader at C. W. Henry School, great-nephew of prize-winning poet Dorothea Grossman and grandson of Pulitzer-prize winning poet Henry S. Taylor, has been writing poetry and songs for as long as he can remember. He is also an avid artist, guitar-player, and reader. He lives with his sister, parents, and two huge fluffy cats in East Mount Airy.

The Simmering Underneath

Millions of Islamic women
Held beneath the surface of possibilities
Waiting
Waiting
For the deafening tomb
Of shattered silence
To break
I am one of them
Those women
Held away from freedom
From a life of the maximum
Whispers, murmurs and mumbles
Float through the air
Taunting me
Accusing me
Of something I have not yet done
A soft prayer spoken in whispered, warning words
Reaches me
Strangling
Scarring
I will never forget
Those hungry words
Now I realize

Maya is 14 years old and is in eighth grade. She has been playing the guitar since 6th grade, sings, and is starting to write songs along with her poetry.

Advocate group poem

Philly Girls Read are all 5th graders at Independence Charter School. Teacher Corey Michener started Philly Girls Read as a curriculum, guide, and way of life that teaches girls how to read actively and create their own advocacy campaigns for the causes they care about. This is an exercise in essential values and core beliefs. We frequently discuss what it means to be an advocate and what kind of things do we advocate for. Here are some poems the girls wrote to discuss issues they find important in their own lives.

Advocate

Philly Girls Read are all 5th graders at Independence Charter School. Teacher Corey Michener started Philly Girls Read as a curriculum, guide, and way of life that teaches girls how to read actively and create their own advocacy campaigns for the causes they care about.

The Shoes

 

The shoes - a light blue size too big,

untouched with paper filled belly.

The shoes sit tied by the bed.

Just in case

he needs to run away.

Because dragon's fire does not

Burn hotter than

"No"

 

The knight will come,

but here in the night,

creatures crawl.

The giant,

Oonagh Kligman is a freshman at Jenkintown High School. She loves reading, but loves to write even more. When she is not locked away some place "bookish," she is hanging out with her friends, playing tennis, or eating.

I Was There

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
– Oscar Wilde

Snowflakes danced in the air
lightly drifting towards the frozen ground.
I trudged through the snow
in my cozy pink boots.

This was before I can even remember
when the days came slow and happily
and my little head
had nothing to think about
other than catching
one of the falling white dots on my tongue.

My father stood behind me,
waiting with his arms outstretched
in case I stumbled.

Laura Haskin is in the eighth grade at the Masterman School. She enjoys painting, drawing, writing, and reading (of course).

Damon and Blue

DAMON & BLUE
DAMON & BLUE
JUST US TWO
CRUISING UP THE AVENUE
BUT MARK OUR STRIDE
CAN’T BEAT US WHEN WE’RE
SIDE BY SIDE

Brandon is an 8 year old, third grader, at Strawbridge School, in the Haddon Township School District.Brandon enjoys baseball, hockey, and car racing.

Pizza

I tried to eat my pizza
But it bit me back!
And never again
did I eat it
all because of that

Benjamin Walker is a third grade student at Strawbridge Elementary School in Haddon Township,NJ. His keen sense of humor is portrayed in his writing and art. Ben loves family, friends, reading and writing. Several authors have influenced him, but Shel Silverstein is a favorite poet. Ben's funny stories keep his family and friends entertained and bring joy to their lives.

Music is a River

Music is a river,
Ever flowing to my heart.

Music is a river,
Smooth and peaceful,
Lulling me to sleep.

Music is a river,
Burbling and giddy,
Making me smile.

Music is a river,
Running rapid,
Making me giggle.

Music is a river,
Dark and murky,
Making me sad.

Music is a river,
Thick and winding,
Making me wonder.

Immanuel Mykyta-Chomsky is 11 years old and attends The Philadelphia School. He also enjoys playing the piano and listening to operas. Immanuel wrote this poem because, “I love music and music makes me feel a lot of different things.”

My Pal Shell

You sound like the waves crashing at the shore
You feel pointy as a sea urchin in the sea
You smell like a waffle cone
But…
I’m not going to taste you
My pal, Shell

Gavin Looram is a 3rd grader at Strawbridge Elementary in Haddon Township, NJ. He is 9 years old and has a brother, Graham, who is 7 and a sister, Sage, who is 5. He enjoys sports of all kinds and is currently playing outfield in the HTAA Little League Minors. He is an avid reader, an avowed carnivore, and is a huge fan of professional wrestling.

Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco is the best quarterback I know
he can really throw
he’s the best quarterback that I know.

Ray Rice is an awesome running back
he can get a touchdown in a single second
he’s the awesomest!

They can both throw
They’re on the Baltimore Ravens!
Better than any athlete I know!

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