Poetry is never home “work!”

The MLK after school program is primarily for the 6th-8th graders but a few 5th graders that are wise beyond their years often join us after school.  Sade, is one of those 5th graders.  After a workshop where we reflected on how we feel in the neighborhoods we live in, Sade went home and kept writing.

By Sade

she close
her eyes
try to hear
every sound

the train wheels
against the steel
then she hears
a gunshot

she feels her heart
sinking like she’s
gonna drown now
she’s running for
her life
trying not to give up
without a fight

bum bum
bum bum
her heart goes
she falls
to the ground

she felt like
that was
her last breath


















































“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.