Easy as 1, 2, 3

We’re no strangers to the quick fix. Or, more specifically, we often wish the answers were simply handed to us—by a parent or friend or teacher—and that those answers led to instantaneous results. But what if the answers we were searching for were always inside us? And what if we could achieve results through a series of uniquely crafted steps? This week’s featured poem offers us a glimpse into how freeing and satisfying these abilities would be. Congratulations to Valeria, a fourth-grade writer at Popham Elementary School, for a piece that reminds us all to look within, make a plan, then go out and get it done!

How to Turn on Your Brain

First of all, when you are going to turn on your brain, you need to think of something you will learn that day. Then sing the alphabet and the numbers one through one-hundred. After that, you yell as loud as you can. That should turn your brain on.

Valeria, fourth grade, Popham Elementary School

Tonya's Hair

My aunt has hair as curly as two waves atop each other. It is as short as a cat’s tail. It is black like a crow’s feather. It smells like earth, just like her. When you smell it, you can also smell the cocoa butter on her neck. It is sweet.

I love to play with the many curls in it. It feels like silk bunched together. It reminds me of a lion’s mane, short and curly, just like hers. It moves like a palm tree in the wind—slow, steady, and beautiful.

Rylie, fifth grade, Popham Elementary School