Poetry

A Natural Departure

From you, I grow farther

Falling leaves, as autumn will pass

I’ll rest temporarily, on grass

Wind will remove me

Other places I’ll go

Until eventually I’ll disappear

Covered in snow

Carlo Lingesso is 18 years old and now studying Communications at Rowan College at Gloucester County. His passions include writing poetry and short stories. He writes to relay his thoughts, feelings, and life experiences on paper. In his opinion, the most satisfying reward from writing is hearing somebody's passionate and genuine response to his work. 

A Natural Departure

From you, I grow farther

Falling leaves, as autumn will pass

I’ll rest temporarily, on grass

Wind will remove me

Other places I’ll go

Until eventually I’ll disappear

 

Covered in snow

Carlo Lingesso is 18 years old and now studying Communications at Rowan College at Gloucester County. His passions include writing poetry and short stories. He writes to relay his thoughts, feelings, and life experiences on paper. In his opinion, the most satisfying reward from writing is hearing somebody's passionate and genuine response to his work. 

I Know When It’s Winter

I know when it’s winter because I can
See snow falling from the sky
Smell crispy gingerbread cooking in the oven
Taste the yummy chocolatey cookies
Feel the packed snow blocks in a snow fort
Hear children singing
I know when it’s winter

Rex is a student at Milton H. Allen Elementary School in Medford, NJ. He is currently in third grade, but his poem was written when he was in second grade.

Three Short Poems: A Home, A Bird, A Beat

A Home

A home you love
A home that will keep your memories safe
A home that will keep you forever and ever

A Bird

A bird, a bird I see a bird
Her eyes are blue and green
Her wings are red A bird, a bird

A Beat

A beat you sing to
A beat you move to
A beat a beat

Mairead Rishko is six years old and is in kindergarten at Rehoboth Elementary School. She has two older sisters and a brother. She loves her lab, gymnastics and swimming in the ocean.

Charm

A symbol of love
Imprinted into a silver heart
The touch of a smooth fingerprint
The feeling of remembrance
The radiant sun glistens down
On its freshly polished face
And makes it sparkle and shine
It drapes down from your neck
And sways as you walk
It’s the most beautiful sight
It brings tears of joy
It holds the place of special,
Valued things
It’s your heart’s centerpiece

— In Loving Memory of Pop Pop Jerome

Juwaireyah Dorsey is in the fifth grade at Universal Institute Charter School in Philadelphia. She writes poetry, short stories, essays and plays. Her favorite subjects in school are science and math, she loves shoes, and her favorite color is baby blue. She likes to hang out with her family and play with her baby sister, Jennah.

Where I am From

My roots are deep, the Cherokee blood flows through my veins
They walked through the trail of tears
African blood flows strong
Now I am here
I was born with Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday,
Moved to the place where my mother grew up: Dexter St., Detroit
There I grew and survived, family and friend by my side
My mother wanted to move to a better place
So we went to Philly
We moved for the good schools and good educational opportunities
I was born in New Orleans
Raised in Detroit

NyAshia loves to read and spend time with her cat, Yo-Yo. She goes to Jenks Academy of the Arts and Sciences. She is in fifth grade.

I Love High Heels

High heels are nice, sweet, lovely and beautiful. I love everything about them. I love low high heels, medium high heels and high high heels. I’m too young to wear them now, but when I do I want to buy a pair in every color.

But before I do, I want to learn everything about them -- how they’re made, how to fix them when they are broken and why there are so many colors.

My teacher has 10 pairs. I don’t have any yet.

Elise Kornegay is a fourth grader at Lea Elementary School in West Philadelphia. She also studies writing in the after-school Academy at Mighty Writers West. She enjoys acting, singing and animals.

Seasons (a diamante poem)

Winter cold, slushy
snowing, freezing, sledding fun seasons, either way
swimming, freeing, splashing
hot, steamy
Summer

Julia Lester is a fifth grade student at Jenkintown Elementary. In her spare time, she enjoys Irish step dancing, softball, and playing clarinet. She lives in Jenkintown with her parents, her brother Benny, and her dog Tonka.

The Girl in the Stars

She’s always had her own style
But never has she understood her strength
Never has she understood her power
She’s always been the wild one, the girl with a pep in her step
The girl with the unforgettable charisma
But never has she understood her potential
Her entire life has been an experiment
The adrenaline that comes with trying new things keeps her inspired
But never has she truly known the definition of inspiration
Her downfalls may sound like they’ve kept her in the dark
But someone th

Suaad Dorsey is a 13-year-old from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She’s always had a passion for words, hence her reason for joining the writing program at her school, String Theory Performing Arts Charter School. Suaad spends most of her time developing stories with her several talented friends from school and her after-school program Mighty Writers. When she isn’t writing, she’s indulging in the fabulous work of John Green, her favorite author. Suaad’s mission is to not only be known for her work, but to also benefit other lives because of it.

Haiku

Little buds pop out.
The birds are back from the South.
It’s finally Spring.

Sarafina Keefe is a fourth grade student at Queen of Angels School. In her spare time, she enjoys basketball, drawing, and video games. She lives in Abington with her parents, big sister, and 2 cats (Soxsey and Pumpkin). Sara Keefe is a student at the Abington Art Center’s “Writing Fairy Tales, Sci-Fi, & More Workshop,” taught by Nancy Kotkin.

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