Poetry

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.

The Girl on the Rocks: A Tanka

The waves meet the rocks.
They are glistening brightly
As they crash to shore, 
Narrowly missing the girl
As she leaps from stone to stone.

Laxmi McCulloch is 11 years old and in sixth grade at the Meadowbrook School. She lives in Elkins Park with her sister, brother, mom, dad, and two cats. Reading and writing are two things that she is passionate about. Laxmi loves writing short stories and poetry, and reads mystery books to see if she can figure out the mystery before the characters in the book do. Laxmi is also a student at the Abington Art Center’s “Writing Fairy Tales, Sci-Fi, & More Workshop,” taught by Nancy Kotkin.

Dog Cat

Dog
Sweet, Loyal
Barking, Jumping, Chasing
Licks your face, Leaps from place to place
Purring, Sniffing, Nudging
Quiet, Graceful
Cat

Annalise N. Stevens is a sixth grader at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia. Besides writing, she also enjoys reading and musical theater.

Soon

The wind blew, making the water ripple as her hair whipped her face. She watched as the water slowly engulfed the sun as it dipped below the clouds, now yellows and purples and all different shades of orange and pink. She sat still on the moss-coated rock as darkness fell around her. The sun, no longer visible, was much like the world around her, she thought to herself. Beautiful, but the water, as it reached for the last part of the sun in sight, was just like pollution.

Chaundra Furin-Campbell is a sixth grader at Masterman Middle School.

Where Dreamers Go

I close my eyes and envision
Looking past the world’s opinions and superstitions
Letting the sky embrace me
My soul joining the stars and flying free
I’ve always been a dreamer
Thinking of wizards, dragons, kings and queens
Imagining potions, beasts, thrones and castles 
Magic like you’ve never seen
I fantasize a world of beauty, gardens bright and lush
Friends pick and gather without a fuss
Where dear old neighbors put aside opposition and join hands
Wh

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.

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