In Ms. Mild-Thomas’s 6th grade class, we read Blk Girl Art by Jamila Woods and discussed what we want poems to be able to do in the world. We imagined our poems as superheroes, able to do anything we could imagine!
What I want poems to do.
I want poems to bring back my family members who passed away.
I want and I hope that poems bring back my grandparents who are now in Mexico.
I want poems to bring my favorite food back from my grandma.
I need poems to STOP people from getting sick by Covid.
I want poems to make me have superpowers.
I want poems to bring back my old friends who are in other schools , other countries.
I need poems to bring my grandparents here to Chicago to hang out with us.
If poems would be able to do all of these things I would be so happy.
I wish for all these things so much because these things are things I really want for it to happen.
Poems are G a R b A g E…
But unless it makes my bracelet come back from heaven or from the sky.
I want poems, my writing and my reading gets easier that it makes me grow TALLER.
I want poems to make me get a good night’s sleep that when I wake up I’m a happy bAbY.
I want poems to give me energy just to stay awake at school just to not look Pass Out.
I want poems to make people really happy that they jump up there bed and laugh of happenes if it was the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL.
I want poems to make me feel if it was raining well you have your big soft marshmallow blanket with HOT tea and just looking at the window and then you slowly go to sleep.
I want my poem to do this, I want my poem to do that.
I want MY poem to cause peace, and help people.
Then, there wouldn’t be any trouble.
No violence, no homelessness, no nothing, just peace and quiet.
Witnessing a bad thing makes you feel like you wish you didn’t see it.
Don’t you wish to unsee it?
Well, a lot of people do, and that’s why..
That people wish their poems to make it go away.