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I See

By Itzel Medina Luna

In this poem from the forthcoming anthology, Poets in Revolt!, a student walks through her neighborhood searching for hidden stories.

Level

Grade 8

Type

Poetry

As I am walking down

the streets of the Tenderloin,

I see people

sitting and lying.

They have no one to depend on

but themselves,

and nowhere to go.

So I say,

Let’s help them.

 

They all have a story,

but no one really cares

to ask about it.

But as time goes,

some will.

One day

we’ll hear their perspectives.

So I say,

Let’s help them.

 

As I’m walking down

the streets of the Tenderloin,

I see most of them with pets,

but mainly dogs.

They have them around

because they say a dog is a human’s best friend.

So I say,

Let’s help them.

 

I’m walking down the streets,

my hometown,

I see all of these people.

About the Author

Itzel questions everything and makes everyone and everything question her. She can have bursts of inspiration until her hands are sore from typing too much. Itzel also identifies herself as a koala for a good reason; she is very protective of those she loves.

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