despierto (awake)

So many of our students speak a second language, or at least have experience with a language other than English. In “[Let Us Gather in a Flourishing Way],” Juan Felipe Herrera delivers his message using a mixture of Spanish and English words. Many students expressed that the poem, written in two melded languages, felt “stronger” or “more real” than other poems in comparison to their own experience of language.

Room 314

Bye mundo
Enrique V.

Si no despierto (awake)
tell mi mamá tell
her yo la amo
throw me in agua
or burn me
in a river at dawn
mamá llorando
in love song.
Con the star in
el sky.

The copa mundial
Christian V.

The ball goes up
in the aire the
balón falls they
kick el balón
all of a sudden
Goalllll! and personas
say olé olé olé olé

Cuando they start
again there is a
wave coming in the
crowd people say
otra vez ole ole
ole ole and
when the partida se
termina the people
go a la casa with
a smile on their
face until the
next day

Strength Takes Over
Samatha N.

Strength is perfecto in so many ways. In this
pequeño world people tend to struggle. People need
amor and to be safe. We should all gather up
each time someone falls and recogerlos una copia
de seguridad. People will also need ayudantes.

People are scared that people will judge them for la verdadera
Since people don’t support them then la persona
puede pensar que enviaban la pena but
it’s not true. Everyone is not going to be
perfecto but at least you have strength.

Room 320

Same Siempre lo Mismo
Gregory R.

Cuando voy al exterior I
see live a different forma
los flores se ven more
blossoming than the usual
flowers I see aunque sean
las mismas flores the store
I see her se ve diferente
allá aunque se vea lo mismo

Ashley C.

Una ciudad de luces
Bright como el sol
El pasillo of fame.
Riendo porque
everyone esta caminando
como una pata cumbia.
Que risa with friends.

Jennifer M.

está corriendo con la balón
your forehead is sweating.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.