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Relationship Poem

By Erriyanna, 826michigan

An epic poem about a younger sister. English and Spanish versions included.

Level

Grades 4–5

Type

Poetry

Jlaya is bad.
She’s kind of bad. She’s not that bad, though.
She’ll terrorize your house.
She reads a book and leaves it on the floor.
And she is one.
I kind of think she’ll be taller than me.
And she hits me and she jumps on the bed,
and this morning she jumped on
me and she bit me, and she does that every morning.
Sometimes she’s called Stinky Butt. That’s when her diaper stinks.
I love her.
And sometimes
she’s good, sometimes she’s bad.
She falls asleep on people’s heads, snoring, and she wakes up and throws so many
pillows.
Even if she’s bad I will still
love her. No matter what no
one says, I still love her. She only sleeps with me.
I say, I want Takis. She says she wants Takis.
And yesterday she punched
me in my arm, and she chopped me,
and she thinks she’s my mom. She wants to cook meat and potatoes.
Every time my mom cooks she sits on a little stool and learns.
She’s my sister. I’ve known her since she was a baby.
She looks like me and my mom. She makes sure mom’s cakes don’t burn.
She makes sure everyone comes downstairs to eat.
Jlaya is caring, but when I make her mad she screams.
She’s loud like a fire drill.
Sometimes she poops in the bathtub.
She has to wear a bun because her hair is too long.

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Poema de Amistad

Jlaya es mala.
Ella es un poco mala. Pero, ella no es tan mala.
Ella va a aterrorizar tú casa.
Ella lee un libro y lo deja en el suelo.
Y ella tiene un año.
Pienso que tal ves sera mas alta que yo.
Y me pega y brinca sobre la cama,
y esta mañana ella brincó sobre
mi y me mordió, y ella hace eso todas las mañanas.
A veces le llamamos Stinky Butt, “apestosa.” Es por que su pañal apesta.
Yo la quiero.
Y aveces
ella es buena, a veces es mala.
Ella se duerme sobre las cabezas de las personas, roncando, y se despierte y
avienta muchas almohadas.
Aunque ella sea mala yo todavía
la querré. No importa lo que
digan, todavía la quiero. Ella sólo duerme conmigo.
Yo digo que quiero Takis. Ella dice que quiere Takis.
Y ayer ella me dio un puñetazo
en el brazo, y me dio un golpe de kárate,
y ella piensa que es mi mamá. Ella quiere cocinar carne y patatas.
Cada vez  que mi mamá cocina, ella se sienta sobre una sillita y aprende.
Ella es mi hermana. La conozco desde que ella era una bebé.
Ella se parece a mí y a mí mamá.  Ella se asegura de que los pasteles de mamá no
se quemen.
Ella se asegura que todos bajemos a comer.
Jlaya es atenta, pero cuando la hago enojar ella grita.
Ella es ruidosa como una sirena de emergencias.
A veces, ella hace popó en la tina.
Ella tiene que usar su cabello en un moño porque es  muy largo.

About the Author

Erriyana is nine years old. She is helpful, gets her little sister to go to sleep, and shares with her little sister. She is helpful because she shares with her little sister and sometimes she cooks food for her. Erriyanna lives in Detroit, Michigan and she likes to play tag hide-and-seek. Erriyana enjoys writing because she is going to change it to Spanish.

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Erriyana Theresa Woods tiene nueve años. Ella es una buena ayudante, ayuda a su hermanita a dormir, y comparte con ella. Ella es de gran ayuda porque comparte con su hermanita y a veces también cocina para ella. Erriyanna vive en Detroit, Michigan y le gusta jugar tag hide-and-seek.  Erriyanna disfruta escribir por que lo va a cambiar a Español.

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