One Lawndale Part 2

Check out some of the progress on the poems written by the poet from Latino Youth High School for the One Lawndale project.


Leslie R. 


7 a.m. already up looking to see the bright blue umbrella on the corner

Walking up to the tamal lady

seeing the fog coming out of the pot

Fog covers my face with happiness

My morning is made from the blue umbrella on the corner


Daniel A.


Walking down the street or taking the train

Looking at the layers of paint

Observing the work they did

Imagining the time and effort it took

To pack and prepare and show up to the spot

Picturing myself in their shoes and the obstacles they faced to paint the wall

Whether it’s a fence or a wall that have to climb

They will find a way


Ricardo S. 


Time. Is there enough?

Have you made the most of it?

Be observant, remain humble and stay open-minded.

Be aware of your surroundings and always appreciate the good as well as the bad

Because without our struggles and obstacles you wouldn’t be who you are today

And you wouldn’t be where you are

Stay strong, keep up and never settle for less







“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.