Poetry

Friendship

Friendship is a stab in the back.
You put your commitment
in friendship.
You put your love,
you put your heart.
Still,
friendship betrays you.
Like a wolf
turning away from
the pack.
But there’s
no pack
it’s just you and her
and she left me
left me for someone.
Someone
who I can't bear to say.
That’s why I am here
writing poems
and she has forgotten
who I was,
who she was,
who we used to be.

Zoe Tzanis. I love to write all sorts of things, especially poems. I've been writing for about 4 years. My favorite author is Veronica Roth. I really like the dystopian books she's written. I like to play a lot of sports. Soccer is my favorite! I love the rush of running down the field with the ball.

Hunger

unger is relentless.
Hunger keeps you going
while pulling you back.
Eating away at you soul,
your nerves,
your bones.
Hunger is
that box
always waiting
at your door step.
Making you remember.
Making you always hungry
for food,
for money,
for love.
Until the day
when there is no more hunger.
No more food
no more money
no more love.

Zoe Tzanis. I love to write all sorts of things, especially poems. I've been writing for about 4 years. My favorite author is Veronica Roth. I really like the dystopian books she's written. I like to play a lot of sports. Soccer is my favorite! I love the rush of running down the field with the ball.

Sadness

Sadness
is like a crumpled up grey t-shirt.
Smushed,
filthy,
and
abandoned.
Yet,
there is something beautiful
about the grey t-shirt.
Something that makes you stare.
That sadness
like the t-shirt
can be picked up.
The beauty
of that it can always,
always get better.
Like a sad song,
or an old book.
Something beautiful
Out of something
others think worthless.

Zoe Tzanis. I love to write all sorts of things, especially poems. I've been writing for about 4 years. My favorite author is Veronica Roth. I really like the dystopian books she's written. I like to play a lot of sports. Soccer is my favorite! I love the rush of running down the field with the ball.

Susannah

My sister Susannah,
has thick black curls, slanted eyebrows,
and a dimple on her cheek.
She is a fig tree,
short but determined,
facing the wind, never bending. 

She came back every summer,
to see friends, to see family,
to see Philadelphia.
But one day would always be devoted to me.

That day we would walk,
around and around the city in circles,
like a lost child,
but we weren't lost, we know the city like an old book,
the kind you read over and over.
The city was our home,

Olivia Maltz is a seventh grader at Friends Select School. She enjoys writing poetry, making ceramics and playing the ukulele. She has lived in West Philadelphia her entire life.

Confidence Is Like a Glass Window

Maybe confidence is like
a glass window.
Nearly impossible to break,
but not quite.
Usually bearing 
a crack or two.
A scare that shows the truth.
A window can break.  

Some glass windows
are ten inches thick,
and bulletproof.
Some glass is fragile,
a window that is too thin
to block out the cold.

Some windows are dirty,
smudged and foggy.
The glass too damaged
to see through.
Some windows
are made of crystal.
The glass so clean

Olivia Maltz is a seventh grader at Friends Select School. She enjoys writing poetry, making ceramics and playing the ukulele. She has lived in West Philadelphia her entire life.

Where I’m From (Nyeema)

I’m from the scorching heat of the South,
from the place that rarely gets snow.
I’m from a small town,
from the countryside where everyone knows each other.
A place where kids run barefooted across their lawns.
Where the highlight of your day is being outside.
I’m from outside sprinklers and water hoses.
The trips to the beach.
From bike rides up and down the driveway,
and catching fish with bare hands.
I’m from the nights of Pat Sajak and Alex Trebek,
weekends of Thanksgiving-like dinners and ice-cream for dessert,

Nyeema Caldwell is a 7th grader going to Friends Select in Philadelphia, PA. She likes to read and play with her dog and friends

It’s A Dream

End scene, a standing ovation.
You’re bowing to the crowd,
after performing the Broadway musical, “The Lion King.”
Suddenly you’re spinning,
around and around.
Then, you stop.
Now you’re flying through space,
zooming past comets and landing on the moon.
And again you’re spinning.
This time you’re walking through the desert,
scorching heat hitting your neck,
beads of sweat forming on your forehead.
The spinning starts again once more.
You’re on a boat. You can smell fish and salt water.

Nyeema Caldwell is a 7th grader going to Friends Select in Philadelphia, PA. She likes to read and play with her dog and friends.

Where I’m From (Anniyah)

I’m from swimming in Jamaican Seas
& walking around
with gardens in my shoes.

I’m from a long line of loud mouths,
from that 17th and Ellsworth.

I’m from hot pink tips,
from philla-pinoes,
big celebrations
& overcoming tribulations.

I’m from slaves walking across the country…

I’m from straightening combs & braiding grease,
from the home of the cheesesteak,
Philly,
I’m from Philly.

Anniyah Dawan is a sixth grader at Universal Charter School in South Philadelphia. She loves to dance and write, and can often be found expressing herself in magical ways at Mighty Writers South, her second home.

Music

usic is a way to express myself,
Not worrying about being judged.

To listen
To whatever, whenever,

Music

Says the words we’re too afraid
to speak out loud.

Music

Is always there for me,
the medicine of my mind.

Music

Is what feeling sounds like.

Azariah Collins is a fifth grader at GAMP [Girard Academic Music Program] Middle School. She is a dancer with the 76ers dance team and has a unique sense of style. She is a truly Mighty Writer.

Spring Senses

Spring is the best season ever!
In spring I see the ivy growing on the big muscular tree trunk.
In spring I smell the pollen crawling on the tip of my nose.
In spring I feel the raindrops tickling my body.
In spring I taste the sweet chocolate marshmallow chicks.
In spring I hear the birds sing a beautiful song that spreads through valleys and
forests.
That's why spring is the best season ever!

Aaden Brooks lives in Lindenwold, NJ and is in third grade at Laurel Springs School. His favorite subjects are Science, History and Social Studies, and he loves dinosaurs, especially the amphsealelus.

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