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32 Expressions A book of poetry written, compiled and edited by the 32 sixth grade students of Room 203, Centinela Elementary School, Inglewood, California. 2004


Copyright Š 2004 by Stephanie Greer and Student Authors

All Rights Reserved

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Contents

CHAPTER 1: NATURE CALLS

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MOON DREAMS BY OMAR BELTRAN

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LOOKING THROUGH BY ALEJANDRA MAZARIEGOS

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BLACK BY ALVARO RAMOS

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GALAXY BY JACQUELING RAMOS

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MOON SAYS BY OSCAR VERA

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COMMOTION BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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WHEN WILL I GET OUT OF THIS DUMP? BY JASRON RENDON

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NATURE BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

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ALL BECAUSE CLOUDS WHISPER BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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THE NIGHT BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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A FLOWER BY AGATHA DEALBA

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NATURE BY MARIA MARTIN

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OCEAN BY YAZMIN RUBIO, OMAR BELTRAN AND ADDIE SEPULVEDA

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BLUE BY ADRIANA GUERRA

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DOLPHINS BY TERESITA LOPEZ

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MOON AND STARS BY KELLY TAMAYO-MUテ前Z

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THANK YOU BY SARAH ROBLES

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CHAPTER 2: MOMENTOS PRECIOSOS

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SPRING BY ADDIE SEPULVEDA

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FALL BY ADDIE SEPULVEDA

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FLOWERS BY ADRIANA GUERRA

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RAIN DROPS OF STEEL BY AGATHA DEALBA

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THE PARK BY AGATHA DEALBA

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RAIN BY ALVARO RAMOS

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SUMMER BY AMBER WATSON

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LEAVES BY CLARA CHAVEZ

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A SUDDEN CHANGE BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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SEED OF PAIN BY ARMANDO IZUCAR

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BURNING FIRE BY ARMANDO IZUCAR

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THE SUN: THE LIFE GIVER BY ARMANDO IZUCAR

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RAINBOW BY DANIEL ROMO

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SPRING WATER BY DANIEL SAGRERO

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SNOWFLAKES BY DANIEL ROMO

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FLOWERS BY DEILIANA DELOZA

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DIRTY LEAVES BY DEILIANA DELOZA

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ISLAND OF LOST DREAMS BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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HEAT BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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SHOWERS BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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THE OCEAN BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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WAKE UP BY JOSE REYES

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SNOW BY JASON RENDON

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WIND BY KELLY TAMAYO-MUテ前Z

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TREES BY SARAH ROBLES

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SPRING BY SARAH ROBLES

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SUMMER BY SARAH ROBLES

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SNOW BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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RAINING BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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SPRING BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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SUMMER BY MARIA MARTIN

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AUTUMN MORNING BY MARIA MARTIN

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SPRING BY MARIA MARTIN

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OLDE BY OSACAR VERA

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FRIENDSHIP BY SARAH ROBLES

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SNOW BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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WILLOW BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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LOVE BY YOSHABAL LESTER

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DÉJÀ VU BY OMAR BELTRAN

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CHAPTER 3: BEAT YOUR OWN DRUM!

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NEVER SAY NEVER BY MARIA MARTIN

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TOMORROW NEVER COMES BY OSCAR VERA

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KICK BACK AND RELAX BY DANIEL SAGRERO

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CHILL BY ADDIE SEPULVEDA

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CHILLIN’ BY ALVARO RAMOS

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JUST RELAX BY DANIEL SAGRERO

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WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND BY JOSE REYES

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MY TRUE MOTTO BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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MOTTO: VARIATION 1 BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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MOTTO: VARIATION 2 BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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TRICK BY TERESITA LOPEZ

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WHAT I SAY EVERYDAY BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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EDUCATION BY KELLY TAMAYO-MUÑOZ

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SCHOOL BY SARAH ROBLES

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EXPRESS YOURSELF BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

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JUST RAISE IT BY DEILIANA DELOZA

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SCHOOLBY YOSHABAL LESTER

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PROCRASTINATION BY CLARA CHAVEZ

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HELP BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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NOW BY OMAR BELTRAN

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THINK BY DANIEL ROMO

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EVERY DAY, A SMILE AWAY BY AGATHA DEALBA

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LESSON LEARNED BY AMBER WATSON

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NEW BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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NICE BY KARINA TREJO

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IN ME BY ALEJANDRA

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CHAPTER 4: ODE TO THE ODE

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ODE TO MY DOG, BINGO BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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MY PUPPY BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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ODE TO THE BIRDS BY JASON RENDON

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MY BIRD CHEZ BY AGATHA DEALBA

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ODE TO MY FAMILY BY KELLY TAMAYO-MUテ前Z

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ODE TO MY GODNIECE BY AMBER WATSON

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FAMILY BY CLARA CHAVEZ

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ODE TO MY FAMILY BY KELLY TAMAYO-MUテ前Z

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ODE TO MY FAMILY BY DEILIANA DELOZA

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ODE BY TERESITA LOPEZ

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ODE TO MY DAD BY YOSHABAL LESTER

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ODE TO MY DAD BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

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ODE TO MY MOM BY KARINA TREJO

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ODE TO MY MOTHER BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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ODE TO MY MOM BY ALVARO RAMOS

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MY MOMBY DANIEL ROMO

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MY PARENTS BY ALEJANDRA MAZARIEGOS

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MS. GREER BY MARIA MARTIN

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ODE TO MY GUITAR BY OSCAR VERA

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CHOCOLATE BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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CHOCOLATE BY CHRISTIAN LOPEZ

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ODE TO TEACHING BY STEPHANIE GREER

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ODE TO MY EDUCATION BY ADRIANA GUERRA

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ODE TO MY SKATEBOARD BY JOSE REYES

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ODE TO MY GAMES BY JASON RENDON

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ODE TO CALIFORNIA BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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CHAPTER 5: RHYME RIDE

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CLARA BY SARAH ROBLES

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A FLYING DREAM BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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BLAMIN’ BRYAN BY JOSE REYES

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DUMB GIRL BY MARIA MARTIN

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OOPS BY ALEJANDRA MAZARIEGOS

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STINKY SITUATION BY ADRIANA GUERRA

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THE MOOSE’S LOOSE TOOTH BY JASON RENDON

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TURTLE’S PROBLEM BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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FRANCISCO GOES TO THE DISCO BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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SMALL BEATS BIG BY DANIEL SAGRERO

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CAT AND DOG BY CLARA CHAVEZ

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SIX FINGER BOY BY ARMANDO IZUCAR

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SHADY LADY BY KELLY TAMAYO-MUÑOZ

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THE DOG, THE CAT, AND THE RAT BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

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GIRL? BY AMBER WATSON

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DRINKING DEER BY EDUARDO GARCIA

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CAT BY KARINA TREJO

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SPAIN PAIN BY OSCAR VERA

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YELLOW FLU BY OMAR BELTRAN

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CHAPTER 6: ASHES

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PERSONAL BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

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UNDER THE COVERS BY CHRISTIAN LOPEZ

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FEAR BY DEILIANA DELOZA

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ASTHMA BY DANIEL GOLDEN

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KIDNAPPED BY TERESITA LOPEZ

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FRUSTRATION BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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PROBLEMS BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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WHAT I HIDE BY ANONYMOUS AUTHOR

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WILL I WAKE BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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WHEN I FEEL SAD BY YOSHABAL LESTER

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MY THOUGHTS BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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THE GIRL BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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NIGHT TIME BY AGATHA DEALBA

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I FEAR AND WORRY ABOUT DEATH BY JOSE REYES

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DEATHBY DANIEL ROMO

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DEATH BY AGATHA DEALBA

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DEATH: MY WORST NIGHTMARE BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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BLOOD, DEATH, TERRORISM BY ARMANDO IZUCAR

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I FEAR… BY MARIA MARTIN

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GUNS, CRIMINALS, NIGHTMARES AND DEATH BY CLARA CHAVEZ

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DEATH BY ADRIANA GUERRA

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SNAKES BY JASON RENDON

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FEAR BY OSCAR VERA

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DOGS BY KARINA TREJO

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DEVIL BY EDUARDO GARCIA

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MY TWO PETS BY ADDIE SEPULVEDA

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KILLER DOLLS BY DANIEL SAGRERO

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LA TRISTEZA BY MIGUEL JARA

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CHAPTER 7: SAY IT AGAIN!

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MY FAMILY BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

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FAMILIES BY OMAR BELTRAN

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MY FAMILY BY JOSE REYES

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MY FAMILY BY MARIA MARTIN

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FAMILY BY SARAH ROBLES

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MY MOM BY AGATHA DEALBA

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PIENSO EN MI FAMILIA BY MIGUEL JARA

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MI SUEテ前 BY MIGUEL JARA

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MY FAMILY BY YOSHABAL LESTER

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FAMILY BY KELLY TAMAYO-MUテ前Z

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LITTLE SISTERS BY ALEJANDRA MAZARIEGOS

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MY GRANDMA BY DEILIANA DELOZA

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MEXICO BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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MY SCOOBY BY MARIA MARTIN

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BOYZ BY ADRIANA GUERRA

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CHOCOLATE BY KARINA TREJO

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SWIMMING BY TERESITA LOPEZ

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TECH BY ARMANDO IZUCAR

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BOOKS BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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BOOKS BY YOSHABAL LESTER

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TO SING BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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SINGING BY MARIA MARTIN

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DANCING BY AMBER WATSON

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MY EG BY ADDIE SEPULVEDA

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MY EDUCATION BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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EDUCATION BY CHRISTIAN LOPEZ

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CARS BY DANIEL SAGRERO

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DRAWING BY CLARA CHAVEZ

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SPORTS BY ALVARO RAMOS

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SPORTS BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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SPORTS BY DANIEL ROMO

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VIDEO GAMES BY JASON RENDON

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WRITING BY OSCAR VERA

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CHAPTER 8: BIOPOEMS

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MARIA DEL CARMEN MARTIN

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CRYSTAL MARSHAI WHEELER

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MARLENE HERRERA ESPINOZA

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YAZMIN SILEN RUBIO

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ALEJANDRA NIOMI MAZARIEGOS

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ADRIANA GUERRA MARTINEZ

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ADDIE JAIME SEPULVEDA

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CLARA MICHELLE CHAVEZ

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KELLY MARIA TAMAYO

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KARINA TREJO

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JOSE ANGEL REYES

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FRANCISCO JAVIER ORTEGA

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EDDY GARCIA

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ARMANDO IZUCAR JR.

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DANIEL GONZALEZ ROMO

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AMBER NICOLE WATSON

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ANNA ELIZABETH GUTIERREZ

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DEILIANA DELOZA

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DANIEL SAGRERO

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OSCAR ENRIQUE VERA

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JASON OVIDIO RENDON

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JACQUELING FABIOLA SALINAS

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CHRISTIAN JOSUE LOPEZ

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AGATHA DEALBA

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ALVARO ESTRADA RAMOS

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CHAPTER 9: OUR DREAMS

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY MARIN MARTIN

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I ALSO HAVE A DREAM BY KARINA TREJO

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY FRANCISCO ORTEGA

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MY DREAM BY JASON RENDON

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY DANIEL GOLDEN

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY MARLENE ESPINOZA

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY DANIEL SAGRERO

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY ADRIANA GUERRA

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MY DREAM BY SARAH ROBLES

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY YAZMIN RUBIO

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY CLARA CHAVEZ

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY ADDIE SEPULVEDA

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY RICHARD TORRES

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY CHRISTIAN LOPEZ

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY AGATHA DEALBA

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY CRYSTAL WHEELER

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I HAVE A DREAM BY ANNA GUTIERREZ

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY JOSE REYES

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY DANIEL ROMO

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY OSCAR VERA

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY AMBER WATSON

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY JACQUELING SALINAS

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I HAVE A DREAM TOO BY ALVARO RAMOS

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I HAVE DREAM TOO BY DEILIANA DELOZA

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CARRY ON BY ALEJANDRA MAZARIEGOS

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHIES

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Chapter 1 Nature Calls If the trees could speak‌

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Moon Dreams

Looking Through

The moon dreams of being a sign of strength.

The ocean murmurs under the endless sky, while the wind whispers through the trees. The sun sings while rising.

The valley says, “Be silent.”

The night yells in fear. The forest screams in pain. The fire bursts with anger.

The night asks, “Why do I come?” The weed asks, “Why am I irritating?”

-Alejandra Mazariegos

The earth questions, “Why do I have people on me?”

Black Its dream is bright which isn’t him. Its thoughts are in black which is him. It remembers how dark darkness is. It tells us how anything can hide in the dark.

Everything asks, “Why are we all stuck together?” -Omar Beltran

-Alvaro Ramos

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Galaxy

Moon Says

Galaxy talks, “So many stars swishing by.”

Moon says, “At night, I cover the world with darkness and I shine with my light.”

Galaxy asks, “Why do the stars jump so high?” Galaxy murmurs, “Oh dear, so many stars keep exploding.” Galaxy shouts, “You planets, stop moaning!!!” Our galaxy tells us To stop making such a fuss. But no matter what, Our galaxy loves us Because she allows people To live inside her.

Sun says, “During the day, I provide warmth and light for people.” Shadow mimes, “I am like the clone of your person, but I can’t talk at all.” Fire says, “When I am lit, I start to dance in a mysterious way and I provide heat and light.” -Oscar Vera

-Jacqueling Salinas

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Commotion

Nature

Weed asks, “Why aren’t I a flower?” Rain wonders, “When I come why Doesn’t anyone come out to play?” Desert sings about the oceans. Islands murmur about being noticed. Rock talks about being a stone. And the rainbow listens above the clouds.

The moon sings me to sleep every night. The air tells me to keep going. The mountains shout and keep me in place. The clouds whisper, relax and have fun. The ocean tells me life is wonderful. And the galaxy tells me my plan to succeed. -Anna Gutierrez

-Crystal Wheeler

When Will I Get Out of This Dump?

All Because Clouds Whisper

The shadow asks: Clouds whisper about rain. Rain talks about putting fire out. Fire sings about burning down forests. Forest thinks about feeding animals.

“Will I ever be free?” “Can I go and come as I please?” “Can I be any shape instead of being forced?”

-Francisco Ortega

“Can I be in 3-D instead of 2-D?” “When will I be free?” -Jason Rendon Page 4


The Night

A Flower

At night the moon sings the children to sleep.

A flower yawns to a spring morning. A beautiful new scent is brought into the world.

At night the breeze whispers, “Go in, it’s cold.”

A shade for the hardworking ant. A delicacy for a clever bumble bee. A porch for the graceful butterfly. A home for a bright red ladybug. A decoration for a chef’s cake. A message from a man to a woman. A medicine to cure an awful disease.

At night tree tells us to swing on its vines. At night ocean calls, “Come play with me.” Why? Because they are lonely. -Yazmin Rubio

A flower can be many things. To some it may be a wonderful feast. To others it may be an original piece of fabric. To me, it is a special gift. -Agatha DeAlba

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Nature

Ocean

Stars ask, “Why are we so bright at night?”

The ocean is a glistening Valley of turquoise gems, quiet stars, and a never ending galaxy of time and space.

Wind whispers, “Night comes and it’s yours”

-Yazmin Rubio, Omar Beltran, and Addie Sepulveda

Flowers sing, “Spring comes and the sun rises with joy.”

Blue

Earth says, “Spin with joy and you will show.”

Blue dreams of becoming the relaxing sky. Blue thinks about the beautiful ocean. It remembers always to be itself. It forgets about all his terrible problems. Blue tells us to never do horrible things to people.

Rainbow says, “I’ll cover you if you uncover me.” Sun says, “I shine for you.” -Maria Martin

-Adriana Guerra

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Dolphins Dolphins talk to me when I am in the ocean. They whisper and chant my name, similar to my mother. They are the most beautiful creatures in the sea.

Thank You The moon is my light. The stars are my friends. They both sing to me in the night.

-Teresita Lopez

I thank both of them for being there for me. Make me go to sleep once again. Thank you.

Moon and Stars The moon sings me to sleep. The stars light up so I won’t be afraid.

-Sarah Robles

I hear Saturn say, “Go to sleep!” So, I go to sleep. Moon and stars say, “Sweet dreams.” -Kelly Tamayo-Muñoz

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Chapter 2 Momentos Preciosos Precious Moments A collection of Haiku

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Spring Oh, beautiful spring because of you, flowers bloom. All flowers go Kaboom! -Addie Sepulveda

Fall Green, brown leaves fall from trees. No breeze, no sun. Every thing the color brown. -Addie Sepulveda

Flowers Flowers are blooming beautiful and brighter they turn the sun touches them. -Adriana Guerra

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Rain Drops of Steel Walking along a yellow rail on a cold morning, rain drops of steel. Wash! Quiet again. -Agatha DeAlba

The Park A baby crying, children laughing, mothers yelling, dogs barking, cats meowing, and me sitting on a bench. -Agatha DeAlba

Rain Rain shouts in despair for its anger and pain desperate for happiness. -Alvaro Ramos

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Summer Dogs bark amidst the heat. Silent nights bring the breeze. Summer comes again. -Amber Watson

Leaves Brown leaves fall from trees. Crack them and then crunch them. They wake up my dreams. -Clara Chavez

A Sudden Change The warm sun rises Water is now everywhere And night is my day -Crystal Wheeler

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Seed of Pain Hail hits flowers. Pounding them to the soil. In it places new life. -Armando Izucar

Burning Fire Fire burning in wood. Feed it every time, Until there’s no more. -Armando Izucar

The Sun: The Life Giver The sun is very bright. So bright it gives life to all. Rest so we can too. -Armando Izucar

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Rainbow Red, green, yellow, blue The colors of the rainbow. So bright in shine lines. -Daniel Romo

Spring Water Spring water in my face. Get out your cool surf board and get washed away. -Daniel Sagrero

Snowflakes Snowflakes are falling. I catch them on my tongue. Winter is here. -Daniel Romo

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Flowers The lovely sun comes out. The flowers that bloom in the breeze blow through my soft brown hair. -Deiliana DeLoza

Dirty Leaves Its raining dirty leaves, but all I can see are beautiful, lovely sunflowers. -Deiliana DeLoza

Island of Lost Dreams Island of lost dreams Remember me when I leave Don’t forget me now. -Francisco Ortega

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Heat Fires, igniting trees Burning homes and people, so sneaky, then silence. -Jacqueling Salinas

Showers Rain, filled with moisture Whispering to all of us Stopping suddenly. -Jacqueling Salinas

The Ocean Ocean waves, smashed against rocks, rough and agitated, tamed by the moon. -Jacqueling Salinas

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Wake Up Wake up it’s morning. You are sent to school. It is time to work. -Jose Reyes

Snow The snow, pouring down on the streets, waits to be melted by the sun. -Jason Rendon

Wind The wind blows in my face it feels cold but after awhile it feels beautiful. -Kelly Tamayo-MuĂąoz

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Trees Leaves falling from trees. Brown, yellow, tan and green patched leaves. Fall is here. -Karina Trejo

Spring Spring glistens in early mornings. Rabbits hop and birds sing. They will come back again. -Karina Trejo

Summer Summer light shines. Bright color swirling in the air, Pretty summer day. -Karina Trejo

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Snow Snow today, hurray! Christmas is here to stay. Jingle bells ringing. -Marlene Espinoza

Raining It’s raining today. My feet start to hurry. The winter breeze came. -Marlene Espinoza

Spring As the sun came out, the first sign of spring arrived. It was a flower. -Marlene Espinoza

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Summer Summer afternoonsAll friends playing volleyball. Everybody’s having fun. -Maria Martin

Autumn Morning Autumn mornings, chilly cold days, leaves fall from their old, brown branches. They all unite themselves. -Maria Martin

Spring Spring mornings, bright orange sun, A warm blanket over my cold body. This is my daily life. -Maria Martin

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Olde Knight’s battle dragons with shining blades and flaming arrows in darkness. -Oscar Vera

Friendship Boys will stay and go, but friendship is forever. Even if we fight. -Sarah Robles

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Snow Cold winter, white snow I can feel you in my bed cover me as I sleep. -Yazmin Rubio

Willow Kind, peaceful willow the smooth, sweet, beautiful taste. Please help me find it. -Yazmin Rubio

Love I miss my friends I love my mom and dad more I love summer too. -Yoshabal Lester

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Déjà Vu The wind is breezy I remember this like old friends Almost Déjà vu. -Omar Beltran

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Chapter 3 Beat Your Own Drum! A collection of motto poems

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Never Say Never I have a dream. I want to succeed. I want to be better. I have a dream… that I want to accomplish. And that’s how I’m going to stay.

Tomorrow Never Comes Kick back and relax. There’s no rush. You have all the time you need. There’s no worries. Just kick back and have fun. -Oscar Vera

I’ll try my best to accomplish my dream and I’m not going to doubt. -Maria Martin

Kick Back and Relax Go home, take off your shoes. Call your friends to go to the park. Stay till dark. And bet, Who’s gonna get the most wet. -Daniel Sagrero

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Chill

Just Relax

I like to chill and be funky. I keep it cool, with lots of sensation. Hey, but don’t bother me, I’m still relaxin’.

Their once was a kid with a head for good grades. He had a bad day in May.

-Addie Sepulveda

He was mad and didn’t focus on the test.

Chillin’

He got a bad grade.

Be chillin’ today and shakin’ tomorrow. Just do today, and think about tomorrow.

He would have had a good grade if he had relaxed.

-Alvaro Ramos

-Jason Rendon

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What Goes Around Comes Around

Motto: Variation 1

-Jose Reyes

I play it cool everyday you fool, I love and care, and receive love and respect. And that’s what I think is fair.

My True Motto

Motto: Variation 2

Everything I do, I love. Everything I love, I do. When I’m done I reason back And I say to myself, Good job for finishing all that.

I love and care and receive the same. And that’s what I think is fair.

I got hit by a boy while tying my shoe lace, He tried to be my friend, but got punched in the face.

-Francisco Ortega

-Jacqueling Salinas

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Trick

Education

I played a trick on somebody I don’t like. I know I shouldn’t have, Because I know it will come back to me the same way.

Education, there’s nothing better than it, Education, a strong word, Education, pay attention to it. Motto: The best sensation is education.

-Teresita Lopez

-Kelly Muñoz

What I Say Everyday Hard mathematical equation I get a glass of water Think Think some more Read the question The answer’s four

School School so learnable. School so fun. School nothing better than it. School thank you for making me Learn so many things.

-Crystal Wheeler

-Sarah Robles

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Express Yourself

School

Education, the key to the world.

I go to school, Ready to learn.

Education, everything there is to know.

I try my best to be myself.

My motto for Education: Always feel free to express yourself in the classroom.

I go back home and start on my homework.

-Anna Gutierrez

I watch cartoons while thinking of my science fair project.

Just Raise It Don’t be afraid, just raise your hand and ask for help. Don’t just sit there. Raise it.

Cartoons go off, I eat my dinner. I go to sleep ready for school the next day. -Yoshabal Lester

Raising your hand is better, It’s best if you ask for help. -Deiliana DeLoza

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Procrastination

Now

Projects started, but not finished. There’s too much playing and no work getting done. Tic-toc, tic-toc, Boom! Now consequences. No TV. Aw man! Piled with homework, and on top of all that, all these projects. Whew! Finally finished, but three weeks overdue. Hope I don’t get in trouble. All that work and still got an F.

concentrate on the present don’t worry about the past or what’s going to happen in the future

-Clara Chavez

-Omar Beltran

Think Don’t think about tomorrow. Just worry about today and it will turn out ok. -Daniel Romo

Help Don’t be scared of people around you; they can help just like you do. -Yazmin Rubio

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Every Day, A Smile Away

Lesson Learned I give to you, you give to me. I play your game, you play mine. We are all together in this.

I look and see different faces glance at me. When I am happy I put on a face that other people start to trace.

I speak to you, you speak to me. I tell a lie, you tell the truth. A fight is here between us two. -Amber Watson

The next day I look and see faces that look just like me.

New Don’t do the same things over and over. Don’t be afraid of change. New can be great, New can be better. New can be just o-kay!

-Agatha DeAlba

-Marlene Espinoza

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Nice

In Me

I’m nice to people So they’ll be nice to me. It doesn’t matter they go up to my knee, Or if they go up to my nose. It doesn’t matter to me. All those people or kids. I treat them all the same way, So they’ll return the favor.

I guess what I did you Could compare to a sin. Now my walls are caving in.

-Karina Trejo

I didn’t turn out to be What you wanted to see, But there’s nothing I can do to convince you. You need to stop criticizing me. Stop saying who I ought to be. Nothing in the world is more important to me than you. Please, start caring for me too. -Alejandra Mazariegos

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Chapter 4 Ode to the Ode A collection of poems honoring what we love

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Ode to My Dog, Bingo

My Puppy

Bingo, adorable, quiet, and brunette.

Ode to my puppy. She is cute and playful, But bold and frisky.

As calm as a monarch butterfly. His fur is a hazel cloud with thin strands of cotton.

Her adorable eyes fool Others into thinking she is Cuddly, but really, She has an audacious attitude She is small and energetic Like a small tiger pouncing On its prey

A cheetah, hovering above the green summer grass. Cautiously barking at neighbors.

Always changing moods, Supple one day, Feisty the other.

My cute, obedient little cocker spaniel. Who protects, listens, and talks to me. Bingo, who cried when I left the country I lived in. Tried to stop me from going away by blocking the path where I was walking.

She’s always telling others To be themselves, But all along she is not. -Crystal Wheeler

Bingo, The only pet I have. Who recognizes me when I visit him. Who I will always love whether he’s near or far away and I know he’ll always love me, too. -Jacqueling Salinas

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Ode to the Birds

My Bird Chez

Ode to the birds so graceful flying into the shining sky never to be captured

My dear sweet Chez with your bright orange cheeks How I love the way you cry when my mom walks away from your cage,

Blue, green, red are all colors of a bird like a rainbow

or when you find out that you can’t bathe in the pond because it’s being cleaned.

Their eyesight great enough to see a nickel in the grass or a fish underwater

I love your charcoal brown feathers, with black dots on your white tummy.

They fly like jets looking like a blur

I love the way you dig up holes, or fight with rocks for no good reason.

They are small able to fit in a rats hole or in a shoe

You are my annoying baby brother who I know loves me, but doesn’t show it.

Birds are quite weird turning their necks or sleeping standing up

You are the best pet bird any kid could have, and I love you for that.

-Jason Rendon

-Agatha DeAlba

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Ode to My Family

Ode to my Godniece

Family I will always love you. Thank you for respecting me.

Ashanti is a beautiful seed blooming into a rose in the sun. She is a hugging teddy bear that never stops giving love.

Family I need you Family I can count on you. Family thank you for everything. Oh family, I will always love you. -Sarah Robles

Crazy, outrageous, little shining star, a cute little angel that has wings that go far. A beautiful light in the crowd that says, I will shine because I was hugged, loved and cared for. Ashanti, so sweet, close to me, gentle, always full of energy. My little brownie in the sun who makes me laugh and have fun. Ashanti Denysecia Olivia Leath. -Amber Watson

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Family

Ode to my Family

Family, thankful, giving, loving, caring, respectful, and encouraging.

My family is as big as a theme park. They’re as kind as a cheerful nun.

Family, who raises me, accompanies me, and is always there for me, waiting until I get home.

They are so protective. They are as thoughtful as a person giving a girl a rose.

Family, hardworking, loving, playful.

-Kelly Tamayo-MuĂąoz

Family, who tries to cheer me up when I am down. Always trying to lead me to the right path.

Ode to my Family

They give me hospitality, lessons on life, and gifts. They teach me how to act and treat other people.

My family is sweeter than a cherry coke milkshake. My family is so important.

They respect what I think, my decisions, and privacy. Family, thankful, giving, loving, caring, respectful, and encouraging.

My family is kind. My family is everything to me. -Deiliana DeLoza

-Clara Chavez

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Ode

Ode to My Dad

My Family, like my forcefield.

My father is as fierce as an unfed lion.

My Family, like my heart.

He is as strong as an erupting volcano.

My Family, without them I could not live.

Yet, my father is kind.

-Teresita Lopez

In fact, he is as kind as a a nice, warm day.

Ode to My Dad My dad. He showed me how to read, taught me how to cook dinner, and taught me how to write.

And as understanding as the pope. -Anna Guttierez

He is there when I need him. He is like a dove, being loved. He shares things with me. He showed me my mom’s gifts. I love my Dad. -Yoshabal Lester

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Ode to my Mom

Ode to my Mother

My mom she showed me how to cook and how to read a book.

Ode to my mother. My mother is there when I need her, and always there to care. She is always there.

She comforts me when I am down, like a doctor to cure my wounds, like a sister I never had.

She is so sweet. She is as sweet as sugar. She is so sweet like a bite of chocolate. -Francisco Ortega

A best friend I can share secrets with, or a shining star that protects me from the dark. My mom will always be there. I love you Mom. -Karina Trejo

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Ode to My Mom

My Mom

My mom, My mom. She’s my life and my joy. She’s a bright star, She’s as sweet as eating the chocolate that I love.

My mom is as beautiful as a flower, she is as bright as a star glowing next to the moon. -Daniel Romo

My Mom, My Mom. She gets on my nerves, but sometimes makes me laugh. My mom, She’s my guardian angel, My Mom. -Alvaro Ramos

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My Parents My Parents Dad, strict but fair. Mom, caretaker and advisor. My Parents both so different, but both I love. They give me love everyday, always hear what I have to say. My Parents Mom, sweet, bubbly, and childlike. Dad, important, firm, yet tender. My Parents Mom takes care of me when I’m sick, Dad tells me stories to make me laugh, and loves it when we dance.

My Parents words can’t even start to define what they mean to me, they gave me life, they give me love, they even put up with me when I get kind of cranky. My Parents both unique, intelligent individuals. But most importantly, both true given angels sent to me from God. Both angels that will help me deal with life one day at a time. And will never abandon me, because they love me and I love them. -Alejandra Mazariegos

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Ms. Greer

Ode to my Guitar

Ms. Greer is like a nun when she is serious. She’s like a dictionary, with so many words on her mind.

Ode to my guitar which plays like a wind chime on a breeze. My guitar is my musical friend.

Oh, Ms. Greer is so smart. Nobody can beat her at all. Ms. Greer runs as fast as a cheetah. Ms. Greer thinks like a calculator. Oh! Ms. Greer is very kind and sweet.

My guitar is like a harp or the beautiful voice of a woman. My guitar is a smooth song from a bird in the morning sky. My guitar is a loud neighbor yelling at their child. Oh, guitar of mine, you are a gentle, cool breeze on a nice, spring day.

There’s only one obvious thing about Ms. Greer… She’s the best in the west.

-Oscar Vera

-Maria Martin

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Chocolate

Chocolate

Chocolate, smooth and creamy, see it and you’re dreamy.

Chocolate you are what smothers a cake. Chocolate you cover a Twix and a Snicker.

Take a bite and you want more, you could eat it to the core.

Chocolate, kids will always love your taste for years to come.

Chocolate, so addictive and messy, The original has the best taste, not like the fake stuff that tastes like paste.

-Christian Lopez

Chocolate, lift me up to the sky. I hope I never have to say goodbye.

Ode to Teaching Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to work I go! I get you dwarves. I know why you sang.

Acuna Matata means no worries, so you better get me some chocolate in a hurry.

-Stephanie Greer

-Yazmin Rubio

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Ode to my Education

Ode to my Skateboard

Education, if it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be smart or in the 6th grade.

Oh, skateboard, you are fun. With you I could dodge a bullet from a gun.

Sometimes, you’re fun and sometimes you’re boring. If it wasn’t for you, I wouldn’t be doing projects.

Skateboard, you make transportation fast, it doesn’t seem to last, because I’m having such a blast.

You showed me things I never knew.

Skateboard, when I fall it hurts, but oh well, I just get back up.

You helped me meet my two best friends.

On you I can do all kinds of tricks and flips, or even hurt my legs, or break a bone, and go crying home.

Now, I’m graduating and receiving my diploma. Education, if you didn’t exist, I wouldn’t be moving on in life.

-Jose Reyes

-Adriana Guerra

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Ode to my Games

Ode to California

(Dedicated to my Game Cube) California is a fresh peeled orange.

Oh game you are so cool, you can even have games of pool. You call to me and say, Play me today! Oh! Games you are the best, you nurture me like a birdy in a nest. You are so entertaining, You always have me playing. -Eddie Garcia

Venice Beach is beautiful., It gets all the fame, with all its shops and cafes. Hollywood has the red carpet, with the stars walking proud, heads up high. Malibu has the shimmering, crystal-blue, clean ocean. Sacramento is the capitol, where the governor stands in control of California. San Francisco has the great bridge, Oh! What a marvelous sight. Inglewood is the place I call home. It’s where I was born and raised and learned about hard life. -Marlene Espinoza

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Chapter 5 Rhyme Ride There once were some kids in sixth grade, and terrific limericks they made!

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Clara There once was a girl named Clara, Who was putting on mascara. Her brother freaked out, And started to shout, And gave poor Clara quite a scare-a! -Sarah Robles

A Flying Dream There once was a girl from Maine, Who had dreams of flying to Spain. She got on the plane, It started to rain, So now she’s stuck on the train. -Crystal Wheeler

Blamin’ Bryan There once was a boy named Bryan, Who was bad and was always lyin’. He got in trouble and tried to blame his double, And now he’s constantly cryin’. -Jose Reyes Page 50


Dumb Girl There once was a girl, not so smart, So dumb she lived in a cart. One day her cart broke, ‘Cause a boy played a joke, That little boy broke her poor heart. -Maria Martin

Oops A girl went to see her bud, On the way she fell in the mud. It was bad enough she got dirty, but she also killed her birdy, So when she got home she felt like crud. -Alejandra Mazariegos

Stinky Situation There once was a lady from the sun, Who smelled like boys after they run. People thought she didn’t shower, So they stuck her up a tower, And now she can’t have any fun. -Adriana Guerra Page 51


The Moose’s Loose Tooth There once was a cowardly moose, The moose discovered a tooth loose. The moose hated the dentist, He’d rather be the hunter’s apprentice, So… He had his tooth yanked out by a goose, Now the moose doesn’t have a loose tooth. -Jason Rendon

Turtle’s Problem There once was a turtle, eating a peach, It then saw a little leech. The leech twirled around, And jumped on the ground, And the turtle never returned to the beach. -Jacqueling Salinas

Francisco Goes to the Disco There once was a boy named Francisco, He liked to go to the disco. He wasn’t very tall, So he balanced on a ball, And some girl gave him a kiss- uh oh! -Francisco Ortega Page 52


Small Beats Big A skinny rat with a bat, Killed a hairy cat. He ate the meat, but left the feet, Now he’s very fat! -Daniel Sagrero

Cat and Dog There once was a cat and a dog, Who used to sleep in a log. The log rolled down, They began to frown, And now they sleep in the fog. -Clara Chavez

Six Finger Boy There once was a boy with a six-fingered hand, Who played in a musical band, He broke his friend’s drum, And blamed it on some bum, Now, he’s run off to Japan. -Armando Izucar Page 53


Shady Lady There once was a very shady lady, Who had a little baby. She made the baby cry, Then, she became very shy, Now the lady is in the Navy. -Kelly Tamayo-Mu単oz

The Dog, The Cat, and The Rat There once was a dog chasing a cat, Then came in a big, fat rat. The rat went in the sewer, The cat pursued and tried to chew her, So instead the dog ate a hat. -Anna Guttierez

Girl? There once was a girl from Japan, Who everyone thought was a man. Since school was a mess, She wore a new dress, And ended up having a fan. -Amber Watson Page 54


Drinking Deer There once was a deer That liked to drink beer. It drank too much at lunch And threw up a whole bunch, Then he fell on Ms. Greer – Oh Dear! -Eddie Garcia

Cat This is a story about my cat, That I once pat. He was sitting on a shelf, Then he fell on a fat elf, And so, Cat didn’t go splat. -Karina Trejo

Spain Pain There once was a man from Spain, Who was sniffing a flower so plain. He found out it was a Venus Fly Trap, Which bit him in his lap, And he felt a terrible pain. -Oscar Vera Page 55


Yellow Flu There once was a man from Peru, Who caught the yellow flu. He flew to Japan, and met a smart man, Who knew just what to do! -Omar Beltran

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Chapter 6 Ashes A collection of poems about our fears and anxieties, about our anger and our frustrations, about our sorrow and our secrets

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Personal Death of my family. Betrayed by my friends. Denial from every one around me. This is my life. A baby is born, what a precious moment, But, Oh, a sickness, The baby is gone. Its loving soul gone with it.

Under the Covers Under the covers I lay and wait hearing things, hoping its my cat. Under my covers I wait. I wait for that sound to go away. Under those covers I lay every night, Hoping that sound will go away someday.

A new group of friends, You tell them all your secrets, But what’s this? the next day, rumors around you, whispering behind you at school.

-Christian Lopez

Another school day, You think you know the answer, Say it, They deny it, You’re right, No more friendly faces. -Anna Guttierez

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Fear

Kidnapped

My fear is roller coasters, because I feel like I don’t have my belt on. Just when the ride starts, I feel like I’m falling down.

My deepest fear is of getting kidnapped and taken away from my family.

-Deiliana Deloza

Asthma Congested. Short of breath. Medicine hasn’t taken affect… I’ll do one more breathing treatment and hope the wheezing stops. I can’t get any sleep; it feels like I’m drowning. Next comes a hospital visit. They treat me. They release me, only to live it again.

I’m scared of getting kidnapped, because people have told me I’m pretty. Every time I go somewhere with my mother, A great deal of people tell her that she has a pretty girl. My deepest fear is of getting kidnapped and taken away from my family. -Teresita Lopez

-Daniel Golden

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Frustration I don’t seem to get the math. I have a splitting headache. It feels as if it’s ‘bout to crack. I can’t get anything right. What’s wrong with me tonight? Kids laughing like loony clowns Why can’t that be me? Babies screaming and crying; “Someone give ‘em something to eat!” I just want to scream. People, people, stop asking questions! I say to them, “I’m not an encyclopedia, go take a hike and go ask life!!” Uh-oh feelings got hurt. Great, another problem to fix. I feel like the whole world is pressuring me, weight on my shoulders, I’m falling apart.

I did the best I could to try and not get mad, and look what I did. Please, try and understand… Sorry for what I said. Teach, didn’t get the math. I’m so tired of this. Let’s just hit the hay, and just call it day, after all it happens every day. -Marlene Espinoza

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Problems Mom has a hard time communicating with teenage brother. He screams and yells as if there ain’t no tomorrow. He looks like he’s gonna strike her in the face. Quit it! Quit it before it’s too late! My big brother gets all that he wants. He just spends, spends and loses everything. My two younger brothers are spoiled like lil’ rich brats. My mom, so sorry, you don’t ask, you don’t receive. That’s the way it goes. I wish I could get you the Grammy for the best mom in the world.

How would you feel having three brothers? No sister, no nuthin’! I’m seeking the right face. I love ya, but I need my space. Please, please just listen. It’ll only take a minute, I’m sure you won’t miss it. I just need a sister who will hear me out and give me advice. I won’t cry this time. I’ve tried it before. It won’t get me anywhere, or anything, not even a tissue. -Marlene Espinoza

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What I Hide

Will I Wake

I hide behind a wall of pain. Inside me, I feel so ashamed…

Under the covers I’m drowning in the deepest ocean

You’ll never have any idea what I feel. Are my wounds going to heal? This pain is just too real.

Over the covers I’m floating, Praying I do not fall

I see my hands with a blade, staring at the cuts I’ve made. My blood piercing red, I lay at night, crying in my bed. -Anonymous

1:00 eyes bloodshot red Still wondering if I will wake Soft, silky, soothing pillow Comforting me and whispering “It’ll be okay, go to sleep.” I ask myself, “Will I rise my head from you?” Question unanswered. I wake from this nightmare One day gone by… Millions to go -Crystal Wheeler

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When I Feel Sad

My Thoughts

I feel sad when people talk about me. When my brothers get in trouble. When my brothers get beat by bullies. When people talk about my parents. When a family member gets killed. When people betray a best friend. When a best friend moves away. When I fail a test. When I get hurt. I felt sad when my grandma died. I feel sad about many things that go on in my life.

Sometimes when I have the time I feel depressed about things and just break down and cry. But believe or not even in a pitch black cave there is an opening of light. So I dry my tears, only clouds cry. Maybe life has the best planned for last. -Marlene Espinoza

-Yoshabal Lester

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The Girl I don’t want to be the girl that always fights with her mom, hates her brothers and sisters, and spends all her time in the mall. I don’t want to be the girl that never talks to her mom, always hides in the shadows in the darkness of her mind. I don’t want to be the girl that is locked up in her room, always says she’s fine but no one gets a clue.

I don’t want to be the girl that nobody cares about, has no friends and not a single soul can notice. I don’t want to be the girl that always gets suspended and only has one reason why… she wants to get attention. I don’t want to be the girl that loses her mind and wants to commit suicide. No, I don’t want to be that girl. -Yazmin Rubio

I don’t want to be the girl that gets pregnant at fifteen, tries to tell her mom, but she’s on a date and doesn’t care.

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Night Time In the darkness of the night, I am afraid of all the fights. The yelling across the room, The yelling across the hall. Silently, I creep to the dark corners of my mind. I sleep in the ocean of pillow, waiting for morning. A typical girl searching for a new identity. Looking for a hug in the shadows. A little gap of light in my eternal dream. -Amber Watson

I Fear and Worry About Death I fear and worry about death, I’m scared of one day just losing my breath. I fear and worry about never being awake, I’m scared of being asleep forever with nothing to make. I fear and worry about hell, I’m scared of it being a torture cell. I fear and worry about hell’s fire, I’m scared of getting there just for being a liar. I fear and worry about being dead, but I know it is all just in my head.

-Jose Reyes

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Death

Death

Death is bad. Death is sometimes good. Death is scary. Death is a nightmare. Death strikes once in awhile. Death is coming.

I fear death in so many ways, yet some how it heals my pain. Death is a snake ready to feast and we are like its prey.

-Daniel Romo

Death can strike at any moment, even when you least expect it. Death has conquered many of my loved ones. Death is nothing but war, scary and worthless. Death is also relief for others. Some people want to die, and they usually have good reasons. Other people deserve to die, for better reasons. -Agatha DeAlba

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Death: My Worst Nightmare Death… I fear you. You’re as unpredictable as a Wild animal, roaming around the field. You are on each persons life And you will strike whenever you please. Death… You could be next to me Or you could be following her. Who knows? Only you do. You might strike quickly Or you might strike slowly.

Death… You’re a stinky snake, Sitting soundly, Stretching then Smiling, waiting for your prey. Death… I bet that you’re right around The corner from me. The only thing I say to you Is turn for now and hit me Much later. -Jacqueling Salinas

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Blood, Death, Terrorism My fear is terrorism, death by weapon, nuclear war and weapons of mass destruction. Terrorism, the blood of innocent people Killed for no reason. Families crying for Those who died. Screams and cries for help. Some people die because of weapons, never having the chance to live their full life. People killed, bodies hidden, some never to be found. Nuclear war, the end of the world. Weapons that have the capability to destroy cities in one blow. And the last Sight ever seen is a flash of death. -Armando Izucar

I Fear‌ I fear the death. I fear I will be next. The death is like a deep sleep Where you will never wake up again. The death is very quiet. The death is something I fear greatly. I fear I will be next and I will leave my family. I fear. I fear. I fear the death. The death is like a nightmare which never ends. I fear the death. I hate to hear the words death and die. I cannot stand them. I wish they did not exist. I wish they were not in our vocabulary. I fear the deep sleep‌ But I know we have to die to live. -Maria Martin

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Guns, Criminals, Nightmares and Death I fear many things. Guns, criminals, nightmares, and even death. I fear at night when everything is dark. All the sounds, “Ahh, Boom, Nooo, Don’t kill me, let me go please.” All the shadows formed by objects, they look like a person, a criminal, wandering around carrying a weapon and trying to attack me. I fear nightmares, warning me to stay awake. I wake up not knowing what to do, the only thing I see is you. You ask me what’s wrong, there’s no reply, I just hear you saying good-bye.

I fear death. I don’t know how I’m going to die. Is it going to be sooner or later? Will it be illness or murder? I look up at the sky and ask myself, “Am I going to die, when, where and why?” I don’t want to go up to heaven or down to hell. I’m still young and have a future ahead of me, so don’t say good-bye, say no, don’t go. -Clara Chavez

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Death I’m afraid of death, why… It may attack anywhere, anytime. Don’t take me, I’m too young. You take people and people suffer. Why do you kill? Why do you punish us with death? Take no more people, so we won’t suffer. Why do you hurt us by giving us death?

You take anyone, why… Take people who deserve it. You take anywhere, anytime. Death you’re like a clock that only gives us years to live. Buzz… The time’s up. Goodbye, it’s time for me to leave. Death you’re a snake with poison. You bite and we die. You take family members and even friends. Who’s next? -Adriana Guerra

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Snakes

Fear

Snakes, infecting you with pain with their fangs made out of steel

My fear of a rattlesnake biting me in darkness shall forever haunt me because of their treacherous fangs. Their venom that burns my insides is a terrible pain.

Snakes, trying to poison with their deadly toxin Snakes, waiting to attack their prey, leaving it dead Snakes, waiting to kill when your guard is down

-Jason Rendon

It is not like an everyday pain, but something that leaves a scar for life. Darkness is an untamable thing. The deadly venom that thrives throughout the snake haunts my nightmares. The venom of the snake is like two knives, piercing your skin. The feeling of two venomous fangs sinking into your flesh sends chills down my spine. -Oscar Vera

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Dogs

Devil

I run and run It’s not very fun. They chase me, I fall.

My fear is of the devil, I imagine that red monster. He is pure evil.

Dogs are big, Dogs are small, Dogs are heavy, All dogs I am afraid of. I can’t be safe around the street. Where I walk, or where I meet. I wish my fear would stop. -Karina Trejo

He likes to haunt you, He makes you think he is the best. He is like a life threatening flu. Just kick him out like you would do to a bad guest. He ruins your life. Don’t fall for his spell, And if it gets bad enough I guess you’ll Have to tell… Instead, follow God’s rule, Unlike the devil he is no fool. He will make your heart pure. That’s for sure. -Eddie Garcia

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My Two Pets She was cute. She died. I named her Agatha. Mom would chase her when she ran away. I only had her for 21 days. I fed her everyday. Carrots, lettuce, and water. She wouldn’t drink her water, that’s why she died. Now, I’m worried that my dog, Jovany, might die. He’s very sweet. He is just seven in dog years. One day he went to the dog pound. I looked for him day and night. I would scream, “Jovany!” on every street I went to.

I thought he had died when he went to the pound. I thought it was the end of me. Thanks to the little girl who found him. I thanked and thanked the girl. I looked at every cage, with many different dogs. “Where is he?” I would say to myself crying. Until at last I found him, looking up at me, desperately. Everyday, I pray that God will take care of my bunny in heaven. I give thanks to God that that I still have Jovany for now. -Addie Sepulveda

Ever since that day, I come from school and make sure he is still at home.

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Killer Dolls

La Tristeza

I fear killer dolls crawling on to me, stabbing me in the back at night. Me, screaming and yelling, but no one comes because they’re all gone.

La tristeza es el simbolo de que algo no esta bien, uno se puede sentir triste por muchas razones. una es que lo efendean, otra que te rechacen y la ultima es ser qopeado o lastimado.

I wake up sweating, yelling and waking everyone in the house.

Otras personas cren que se sienten rechados cuando les dicen no y se ofenden y la peor es cuando nace un bebe y muere. Uno se siente muy mal y se siente muchos cuchillos en todos partes.

I get up and drink water. I go to the bed and I see those horrible, scary, killer dolls. Always staring at me. Can’t stop staring. I wake up and I have to go to school. -Daniel Sagrero

Otras se sienten muy ofendidos al que les digan gordos, feos, horibles, o tantos. Muchos cren que esas palabras no ofenden, pero si, ofenden. La tristeza es algo muy doloroso, y sentimental y a veces no se puede explicarla con palabras. -Miguel Jara

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Chapter 7 Say It Again! A collection of poems expressing our passions

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My Family

Families

My family, like people sent to me from the towering sky. My guardians, my supporters.

Families, they’re so great. Families, they love you. Families, they take exceptional Care of you. Families, they will always listen to Whatever you say, no matter how Stupid you sound. Families, they try to help. Families, they’ll never Turn down your help. Families, always watchful. Families, worrisome.

My family, like my education, I’m always learning something new. Whether a new cousin joins the family, or someone has moved on. My family, what would I ever do without them? Ultimately, I do not know.

-Omar Beltran

-Anna Guttierez

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My Family

My Family

My family cares for me. My family enjoys my company.

My family is great. My family is my friend.

They give me money when I need it.

My family is trustworthy. My family is like a tiger because we protect each other.

My family stands up for me. My family makes me laugh, They never treat me wrong. My family takes me places. My family doesn’t hate me, They never let me down.

My family. My family is everything for me. -Maria Martin

My family gives me help when I need it. My family will always be near me when I need them. -Jose Reyes

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Family

My Mom

Oh, Family! You’re loving, caring, respectful and nice.

My mom is the one who gave me life. She gives me shelter and helps me with my homework. She takes care of me when I am sick. She shows me the difference between right and wrong.

Oh, Family! Thank you for always being by my side. As warm as sunshine. Oh, Family! Thank you for always telling me what’s right and wrong. Oh, Family! You will always be in my mind, like God is always in my heart. Oh, Family! I pray to God that nothing bad will ever happen to you. Oh, Family! Thank you for taking care of me and loving me. Oh, Family! -Sarah Robles

My mom is my inspiration to become a hardworking, successful vet, to have a loving home, and maybe one day have a healthy family of my own. My mom is always going to be my role model, and I am always going to be her little baby. She is never going to stop believing in me, or give up on me. No matter what, she is always going to defend me. My mom is my life! -Agatha DeAlba

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Pienso en Mi Familia

Mi Sueño Yo quiero a mi mama´

Yo amo a mi familia. Mientras yo duermo y sueño, ellos me cargan en sus manos. Yo pienso, “¿Que sera la vida sin ellos?”

Yo quiero a mi papa´

Yo me siento afortunado porque tengo una familia y nunca sere seperado de ella. Es la unica que tengo y amo.

Yo quiero que todo lo que yo diga se puede lograr de una forma querendo.

-Miguel Jara

Yo quiero a mi hermana. Yo quiero ser un gran nadador.

Yo quiero poder hacerlo y poder conquistar las cadenas que me lo impiden y poder romper todos los obtajulos. Eso es lo que yo quiero. -Miguel Jara

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My Family

Little Sisters

My family loves me. My family is funny. My family is fun to play with. My family is sweet. My family is my best friend. My family is all I need.

Little sisters love you. Little sisters annoy you. Little sisters can be mean. And little sisters can be sweet.

-Yoshabal Lester

Family My family is big. My family is nice. My family is like a pool filled with chocolate.

Little sisters are immature. Little sisters are unrealistic. Little sisters can be mischievous and spoiled, but also good hearted. But‌ for the most part, Little sisters are pretty cool. -Alejandra Mazariegos

-Kelly MuĂąoz

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My Grandma

Mexico

My grandma is so nice, and also beautiful. She is the best.

Mexico is my nature, my family, my home. The colors in my skin, the blood that runs through my veins.

My grandma is a mean girl, but she is still the best. My grandma is sunlight. My grandma is starlight. My grandma is everything to me. -Deiliana DeLoza

Mexico, my heart. Every beat that I hear brings me closer to you. Every breath that I take reminds me of you. Mexico, my land, my world, my brave stallion, my life. -Yazmin Rubio

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My Scooby

Boyz

My Scooby you are my friend. My Scooby you are my pet.

Some boyz are mean. Some boyz are romantic. Some boyz are helpful. Some boyz are harmful. Some boyz are cute. Some boyz are ugly.

My Scooby you are always there for me. My Scooby you are my sun. My Scooby you are like my little baby. My Scooby you are so cute. My Scooby you are so funny when you run. My Scooby. My Scooby, my Sweet little doggy dog.

Some boyz are tall. Some boyz are short. Some boyz are smart. Some boyz are dumb. Some boyz are messy. Some boyz are neat. Some boyz are sweeter than candy. -Adriana Guerra

-Maria Martin

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Chocolate We sell chocolate. We buy chocolate. We eat chocolate. We make chocolate. I adore chocolate. Gooey, hard, soft, hollow, brown, white, black. I adore sweet chocolate. -Karina Trejo

Swimming Swimming is a cool thing to do. Swimming is my passion. I don’t know why, I just enjoy it.

Tech Technology is the sight of some people. Technology is the arms of some people. Technology is the hope for some people, that one day they might be able to see and hear and speak. Technology is the past. Technology is the present. And technology is the future. -Armando Izucar

Swimming is my favorite thing to do, Because I feel like a wild dolphin. -Teresita Lopez

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Books Books, books, we need them here, we need them there, we need them just about everywhere Books, books, we see them everywhere, fiction or scary realistic or caring Books, books we need them for our education they keep us busy that’s why we read them that’s why I read them

Books Books are great. Books are funny. Books have sweet stories. Books have romantic stories. Books have scary stories. Books are fun to read. -Yoshabal Lester

Books, books they entertain we teach and seek while they explain -Marlene Espinoza

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To Sing

Singing

To sing, my passion My singing is A never-ending poem I have never read before So unusual, so relaxing

Singing is my passion. Singing is wonderful. Singing makes me feel something I have never felt before.

To sing, my artistic way Of communicating without Using my hands

Singing is joyful. Singing makes me happy. Singing is one way to express myself.

To sing, Joyous, cheerful, enjoyable, Heartwarming‌ So beautiful. To sing, A special part of my life Like a key to my heart

Singing makes me forget my problems. Singing makes me relax. Singing is everything to me. -Maria Martin

-Crystal Wheeler

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Dancing

My EG

Dancing is a passion. Dancing is a fashion. Dancing is a beach, You can always teach.

Learning how to play an electric guitar might be tough, but I still want to learn. Expressing myself can be easy with just a little tune, so I still want to learn.

You can change the style. You can run and leap. It is here, It is there. You can dance everywhere! -Amber Watson

Always wanted one, never got one till now, and I still want to learn. They are loud, cool, amazing and crazy, so I still want to learn. There are many more things to say about my electric guitar and learning how to play it. As always, I will say, “I still want to learn!� -Addie Sepulveda

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My Education

Education

Education, You made me clever. Because of you, I’m still in school.

Education you are what helps me to learn. Education you are what helps me through life. Education you will help me get a job.

Education, Because of you, I can think. And thanks to you, I am going to college. Education, Because of you, I know most of the unknown.

Education you help everyone. Education without you nobody would have a job. -Christian Lopez

Education, You help me to talk without any errors. Education, You know everything anyone can know. You’re delightful. I respect you. Education, Thank you for teaching me what’s right and wrong. -Jacqueling Salinas

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Cars

Drawing

Cars you are so cool. Cars you can do anything. Cars you are so lucky to carry the finest women. Cars you are so fast, your mufflers go, “VROOM!”

Drawing is what I am good at doing. Drawing calms me down when I am angry. Drawing lifts up my confidence and spirit. Drawing helps me invent new things. Drawing is what I want to do when I grow up.

Cars you take people from place to place. You also race to win people money. You do this on a day to day basis. You carry so many faces. -Daniel Sagrero

Drawing can change many faces. If you’re mad or sad, it makes you glad. Drawing is designing and I want to be a designer. I’ll design clothes and anything else girls like. Drawing is what I want to do when I grow up. -Clara Chavez

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Sports

Sports

Sports, sports! Touch down, goal or strike, but still sports. Joyful when you win, upset when you lose. Fun, but you can get hurt badly.

Sports are my passion Sports bring me happiness Sports are my love Sports bring me joy Sports are very fun

Sports, sports bring joy. Sports, sports are challenging.

Sports say “Strike!” Sports say “Gooooaaaal!” Sports say “He shoots, he scores!”

Sports, sports! Touch down, goal or strike, but still sports. Joyful when you win, upset when you lose, but still fun. Sports, sports bring joy. Sports, sports are challenging. Sports are my passion. -Alvaro Ramos

Sports are the best. -Francisco Ortega

Sports I love sports because they keep me busy almost every day. I adore sports because they keep me from getting into trouble. I get excited about sports because they are fun and challenging. I enjoy sports. Someday they might help me get into college and maybe become a famous baseball player. -Daniel Romo

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Video Games

Writing

If you want a surprise, play a video game.

My passion is writing because I experience many different things that I have never heard or read before.

If you want excitement, then play a video game. If you want to pass time, play a video game. I you want to be amazed, play a video game. If you want a challenge, then play a video game.

My passion is writing because I sometimes write stories that don’t make sense and that still make sense. Writing is what cheers me up and entertains me. -Oscar Vera

-Jason Rendon

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Chapter 8 BioPoems A collection of poems about us!

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Maria Del Carmen Martin Maria Generous, Charming, and Glorious Sister of Juan Francisco, Jose Alfredo and Alonso Lover of Dogs, Birds, and Harry Potter Who feels strongly about Math, Family and Writing

Del Carmen Who needs a great deal of Love from her family, Knowledge, and Happiness Who gives Love, Advice and Happiness Who fears Sharks, Snakes and Spiders Who would like to see Grandparents, France and Family A resident of Inglewood

Martin Crystal Marshai Wheeler Crystal Artistic, Smart, Creative Sister of Kameron and Christopher Lover of Math, Music, and Ice Cream Who feels strongly about friends and family

Marshai Who needs Education, Love and Freedom Who gives Advice, Love and Friendship Who fears Spiders, Roaches and Snakes Who would love to see BowWow A resident of Inglewood.

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Marlene Herrera Espinoza Marlene Messy, funny, independent Sister of Jeffery Lover of Shady, Paul, Walker, and Spiderman Who feels strongly about family, dogs, friends

Herrera Who needs money, care, and television Who gives advice, hugs, and gifts Who fears change, loss of family, and heights I would like to see my brother go to college A resident of Inglewood

Espinoza Yazmin Silen Rubio Yazmin Smart , energetic , tall Sister of Celeste and Arturo Lover of pets, the ocean, and clothes Who feels strongly about music, dancing, and family

Silen Who needs help, chocolate, and peace Who gives advice, friendship, and supplies Who fears mice, belts, and spelling Who would like to see my family in Mexico A resident of Inglewood

Rubio

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Alejandra Niomi Mazariegos Alejandra Caring, friendly, bold Sister of Karina and Anahy Lover of writing, ice cream, and Justin Timberlake Who feels strongly about family, friends, and freedom

Niomi Who needs love, hugs, and glasses Who gives support, laughs, and candy Who fears rats, sharks, and growing up Who would like to see Pharrel Resident of Inglewood

Mazariegos Adriana Guerra Martinez Adriana Friendly, Athletic, Humorous Sister of Rodrigo and Elizabeth Lover of math, rollercoaster, and Eminem Who feels strongly about family, friendship, and life

Guerra Who needs love, hugs, and money Who gives love, advice, and laughter Who fears heights, snakes, and guns Who would like to see Eminem

Martinez

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Addie Jaime Sepulveda Addie Short, hyperactive, grumpy Sister of Jade Lover of reading, math, and puppies Who feels strongly of family, friends, and education

Jaime Who needs encouragement, help, and family Who gives advice, money, and love Who fears loss of friends, heights, and aliens Who would like to see family at Mexico A resident of Inglewood

Sepulveda Clara Michelle Chavez Clara Caring, Curious, Confident Sister of Miguel and Daisy Lover of chocolate, candy, and EMINEM Who feels strongly about family, music, and grades

Michelle Who needs love, family, and chocolate Who gives advice, friendship, and laughs Who fears snakes, rats, and strangers Who would like to see PAUL WALKER A Resident of Inglewood

Chavez

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Kelly Maria Tamayo Kelly Short, laugher, athletic Sister of Peter, Jesus, Gustavo, and Javier JR. Lover of pets, oceans, and spelling Who feels strong about music, family, and friends

Maria Who needs help, peace, and chocolate Who fears the dark, cemeteries, and getting a whooping Who would like to see Eminem, A Resident of Inglewood

Tamayo Karina Trejo Karina Nice, chocolate-lover, and caring Sister of Jose and Dany Lover of family, chocolate, and dance Who feels strongly about family, violence, and my home Who needs candy, love, and hugs Who gives love, care and hugs Who fears being alone, dark, and spiders Who would like to see Mexico and my family for once

Trejo

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Jose Angel Reyes Jose Artistic, humorous, eager Brother of Daniel Lover of Game Cube, dogs, and Hilary Who feels strongly about drawing, family, and games

Angel Who needs money, music, and drawing utensils Who gives, laughter, gifts, and kindness Who fears barney, homework, and college Who would like to see Hilary’s concert Resident of Inglewood

Reyes Francisco Javier Ortega Francisco Athletic, outstanding, fantastic Brother of Joel, Alvaro, Kimberly Lover of Avril Lavigne, Hilary Duff, SpongeBob Who feels strongly about music, education, family

Javier Who needs knowledge, advice, friendship Who gives love, money, and advice Who fears loss of freedom, wild tigers, loss of family Who would like to see Hilary Duff in concert A resident of Inglewood

Ortega

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Eddy Garcia Eddy Exciting, entertaining, excellent Brother of Mary Sol Lover of wolves, candy, and math Who feels strongly about music, cars, and family Who needs wisdom, wit, and speed I give knowledge, help, and laughter Who fears middle school, PBS, and homicidal people I would like to see the earth’s core Resident of Inglewood

Garcia Armando Izucar Jr. Armando Active, smart, and creative Brother of Raquel Lover of money, checks, and cash Who feels strongly about money, games and TV

Izucar Who needs games, money, and gold Who give joy, advice, and information Who fears loss of money, World War, and killers Who would like to see The Leaning Tower of Pisa Resident of Inglewood

J.R.

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Daniel Gonzalez Romo Daniel Athletic, honest, intelligent Brother of Omar and Anthony Lover of Avril, Hillary Duff, and J-lo Who feels strongly about education, family, and music

Gonzalez Need love, girls, and money Who gives advice, knowledge, and ideas Who fears heights, school, snakes Who would like to see Avril Resident of Inglewood

Romo Amber Nicole Watson Amber Artistic, Creative, Risky Sister of Anjala Lover of Cookies and Cream, math, and music Who feels strongly about family, friendship, and music

Nicole Who needs laughter, friends, and movies Who gives gifts, fun, and love Who fears snakes, lions, and cheetahs Who would like to see the world Resident of Inglewood

Watson

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Anna Elizabeth Gutierrez Anna Active, studious, humorous Lover of reading, swimming, music Who feels strongly about animals, ocean, family

Elizabeth Who needs laughter, chocolate, support Who gives love, friendship, advice Who fears heights, high school, loss of family Who would like to see Rome, Mexico, Greece A resident of Inglewood

Gutierrez Deiliana DeLoza Deiliana Lazy, nice, loud Lover of Precious Moments, family, and ScoobyDoo Who feels strongly about puppies, cats, and family Who needs money, help, and gold Who gives laughter, school, and love Who fears sharks, tigers, and snakes Who wants to see J-Lo, Avril, and Eminem Resident of Inglewood

DeLoza

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Daniel Sagrero Daniel Fast, Smart, Trustworthy Brother of Javier and Alejandra Lover of candy, games, and money Who feels strongly about friends, family, and cars Who needs games, toys, and money Who gives laughter, games, and toys Who fears Barney, Pooh, and Teletubbies Who would like to see The Undertaker A Resident of Inglewood

Sagrero Oscar Enrique Vera Oscar Humorous, writer, and tricky Brother of Jessica Lover of writing, games and dogs Who feels strongly about friends, music, and animals

Enrique Who needs space, music, and writing tools Who gives advice, tricks, and plans Who fears losing family, death, and heights Who would like to see Rome

Vera

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Jason Ovidio Rendon Jason Humorous, intelligent, friendly Brother of Alex Lover of money, animals, and anime Who feels strongly about family, learning, and music

Ovidio Who needs TV, games, and internet Who gives respect, friendship and laughter Who fears heights, killer insects and death Who would like to see an actor in person Resident of Los Angeles

Rendon Jacqueling Fabiola Salinas Jacqueling Helpful, well-organized, enthusiastic Sister of Gerson and Katia Lover of Spongebob, dogs, and candy Who feels strongly about music, reading and family

Fabiola Who needs money, animals, and love Who gives advice, laughter, and presents Who fears cockroaches, sharks, and spiders Who would like to see London A resident of Inglewood

Salinas

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Christian Josue Lopez Christian Adventurous, humorous, helpful Brother of Ulises Lover of dogs, reading , and sports Who feels strongly about music, family, and friends

Josue Who needs knowledge and laughter Who gives laughter and love Who fears heights, spiders, and snakes Who would like to see Egypt A resident of Inglewood

Lopez Agatha DeAlba Agatha Creative, amusing, excellent Sister of Juan Carlos and Adriana Lover of family, dogs, and cats Who feels strongly about family, friendship and pets Who needs laughter, animals, and love Who gives laughter, advice, and hugs Who fears heights, sharks and loss of family Who would like to go to France Resident of Inglewood

DeAlba

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Alvaro Estrada Ramos Alvaro

Funny, athletic, and helpful Brother of no one Lover of soccer, music, and heights Who feels strongly about friends, soccer, and hair

Estrada

Who needs nature, friends and family Who gives laughter, smiles, and candy Who fears death, Barney, and girly stuff Who would like to see France A resident of Inglewood

Ramos

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Chapter 9 Our Dreams Poems inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

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I Have A Dream Too I have a dream that there will not be any violence in the streets and in the community where I live. I have a dream that my family will feel safe when they walk home at night. I have a dream that there will not be any gangs in the streets where I live. I have a dream that gangs will not proclaim a street to be theirs. I have a dream today. I have a dream that someday, when I take my children to school, there will be no gangs on the corner. This will be the day that my family will feel safe and we will have fun. Let there be no more gangs! Let there be safety in my community and in my home! Let there be no more gang violence! Let the be no more drive-by shootings! -Maria Martin

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I Also Have a Dream I have a dream that when I come back from school or from a walk around the neighborhood or park, my family will always be there and none of them will be missing or hurt. I have a dream that when I come home from school there won’t be any writing saying gang and gang members names or saying “I was here”. I have a dream that no drug of any kind would be found in kids’ backpacks or pockets. I have a dream that there will be a day without anyone passing in cars and shooting people. I have a dream today. I have a dream that violence will end someday. This will be the day that everywhere you go, there will be smiling faces. Let there be smiles! Let there be hand shaking everywhere! Let there be friends! Let there be peace! -Karina Trejo

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that there will be no crime. I have a dream that there will be no crime for the sake of children. This will be the day I go home and turn on the T.V. and see that there was no crime today. Let there be no more crime in this peaceful world! Let there be happy kids that don’t worry about being killed! Let there be parents living with their children! Let there be no more crime in this amazing, big, beautiful world! -Francisco Ortega

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My Dream I have a dream that there would be no more crime. I have a dream that nobody will be a crime victim. I have a dream that one gang will not fight with another. I have a dream that nobody will get murdered. I have a dream today. I have a dream that there will be no more car theft. This will be the day that nobody will have to install security systems. Let it be a world in which people will walk freely at night! Let there be a world without guns! Let there be a world without war! Let there be a world without robbers! Let there be a world without crime! -Jason Rendon

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream there will be no criminals on the streets. I have a dream that there will be no criminals on the streets to cause trouble. I have a dream that there will be no more criminals that resort to violence. I have a dream today! I have a dream that there will be no more criminals in the streets to kill each other. This will be the day the streets will be safe from muggers, thieves, rapists, and pick-pocketers. Let there be safe streets! Let there be gang free streets! Let there be streets without tagging on the walls! Let there be safe streets all around the world! -Daniel Golden

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that the scientists of the United States will find a cure for cancer. I have a dream that no one, especially children, will have to suffer the symptoms from the deadly disease. I have a dream that there won’t be any little boys or little girls hiding behind shadows because of their bald heads that cancer has left them with. I have a dream that the women of today will not live in the fear of being diagnosed with breast cancer. I have a dream today. I have a dream that nobody in the world would ever have to experience the horrible side effects of cancer. This will be the day everyone will celebrate that cancer is gone for good. Let there be healthy women, kids, and men, cancer free! Let there be happiness around the world! Let there be women fearless of breast cancer! Let there be a cancer free world! -Marlene Espinoza

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that all people could go to college. I have a dream that everyone could afford to get their masters degree. I have a dream that people wouldn’t have to work at McDonalds. I have a dream that all people could have a beautiful house with many elegant items. I have a dream today. I have a dream that all people could work somewhere where they got paid enough to money to live peacefully. This will be the day that people will be able to pay their bills. Let there be good jobs! Let there be happy people! Let there be many people working! Let there be enough money so all people can go to college! -Daniel Sagrero

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that when boys or girls come home from school they will not be raped or killed. I have a dream that when boys or girls are having fun they won’t be raped by someone. I have a dream that women and children could go anywhere they wanted and not be raped. I have a dream that boys and girls will always be happy and feel safe. I have a dream today. I have a dream that when I come home from school and turn on the television, the news will not report that someone has been raped or killed. This will be the day when women and children will have peace. Let there be no more child victims! Let there be children having fun! Let there be no more terrified children or grown-ups! Let there be the happiest kids ever! -Adriana Guerra

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My Dream I have a dream that there won’t be violence; terrorists won’t kill people. I have a dream that when people want to take a walk they won’t be scared. I have a dream that when mothers take their children to school they will be confident that they’re going to be safe. I have a dream that gangs and bad people won’t exist. I have a dream today. I have a dream that there won’t be so many funerals. This will be the day when violence disappears. Let there be peace! Let there be love! Let there be harmony! Let there be dreams! -Sarah Robles

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that people will stop dying because they have no money. I have a dream that everyone will have health care. I have a dream that everyone rich and poor will have the best medical attention. I have a dream that doctors will stop letting people die just because they aren’t going to get paid. I have a dream today. I have a dream that each day hundreds of people will not die and instead will be saved. This will be the day that birds will be singing in the cemeteries, that doctors will be happy for saving lives, but not because they got paid. This will be the day there won’t be cries in the waiting rooms, but instead laughs and tears of joy. Let there be health care for all! Let there be happiness! Let there be health! Let there be life! -Yazmin Rubio

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that one day my family will be able to sleep without hearing a gunshot because someone has been robbed. I have a dream that people will spend more time saying that good things happen, not just bad things. I have a dream that parents won’t be so overprotective because they think something bad is going to happen to their children. I have a dream that parents will have faith and let their children or loved ones go wherever they want to go. I have a dream today. I have a dream that people won’t be scared to go out of their homes. This will be the day that people will go outside calmly, instead of staying inside at home, scared and watching TV. Let there be peace! Let there be tranquility! Let there be no bad news! Let there be faith! -Clara Chavez

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that parents won’t abuse their children in anyway. I have a dream that parents won’t be overprotective of their children. I have a dream that parents will give a great amount of love to all of their children. I have a dream that parents won’t fight or argue with each other and their kids. I have a dream today! I have a dream that if someone is a victim of abuse, they will get help. This will be the day that parents will give their kids more freedom. Let there be no more violence with children! Let there be no traumatized children! Let there be no fights between moms, dads, and children! -Addie Sepulveda

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that people won’t call me names. I have a dream that people will understand what I know instead of what I don’t know. I have a dream that people will see that I am good at spelling, practicing my subtraction, sports and art. I have a dream that students will see how hard I try. I have a dream today. I have a dream that students will be nice to me, because I try to be nice when I open doors for people or when I help them write stories. This will be the day that students like me will be happy and when we will feel excited about going to school. Let there be no more teasing! Let there be no more making fun of what I can’t do! Let there be lots of friendships! Let there be lots of understanding! -Richard Torres

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that people will not sell beer anymore. I have a dream that people will not drink alcohol and be on the streets. I have a dream today. I have a dream that people will not be addicted to beer, so they can live a better life. This will be the day that there will not be any crashes caused by drunk drivers and there will not be people in the streets asking for money. There will be no people losing their homes due to drinking. Let there be no beer in our world! Let there be no more crashes caused by drunk driving! Let there be no beer at all, no more deaths, no violence caused by alcohol! -Christian Lopez

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I Have A Dream Too I have a dream that one day all the children will be able to walk down any street, wear any color, and be friends with anyone. I have a dream that mothers won’t have to worry about their children walking to school. I have a dream today. I have a dream that mothers and fathers won’t have to go to their children’s funerals. This will be the day every gang will stop killing, fighting, and stealing. Let there be clean streets. Let there be safe children. Let there be safe neighborhoods and streets. Let there be peace. -Agatha DeAlba

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I Have A Dream Too I have a dream that there will be no more drug use in the community. I have a dream that someday my children will be able to walk down the street and not be tempted to ruin their lives with drugs. I have a dream that when I turn on the television no one is injured or dead because of drug use. I have a dream that children won’t drop out of school because of drug use. I have a dream that innocent pedestrians won’t be killed because a drug addict decided to jump in a car. This will be the day that drugs are only used for medical use, not for pleasure. Let there be lives saved instead of ruined because of drugs. Let there be no more institutions that have people who have destroyed their lives because of drugs. Let there be healthy young teenagers doing something good with there lives. Let there be drug free communities in the world. I have a dream. -Crystal Wheeler

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I Have A Dream I have a dream too. I have a dream that there be no more animal cruelty. I have a dream that there will be no scientist will experiment on any living animal. I have a dream that no more animals will go extinct. I have a dream today. I have a dream that no one will have a fur coat on. This will be the day that all animals can live in peace and harmony. Let there be no fight between man and animal. Let there be peace among all living creatures. -Anna Gutierrez

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that there will be no more poor people in the world. I have a dream that their will be no more homeless people lying in the streets. I have a dream that people will have the money they need to buy their needs from stores. I have a dream that the poor will be able to get jobs. I have a dream today. I have a dream that all people will be treated equally, and not be laughed at because of their economic situation. This will be the day that all people will be treated equally and be happy to be free from the worries of poverty. Let there be peace in the world! Let there be wealth! Let their be happiness! Let there be freedom from poverty! -Jose Reyes

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that there won’t be any gangs because some people get shot, killed, or beat up from being in them. I have a dream that there won’t be gangs, so they can stop putting graffiti on the walls because when other kids see it they want to do it too. Let there be no gangs because some of them tell kids what to do in school and at other places! Let there be no gangs because they just bring violence to places and no peace for adults and children! Let there be no gangs because without gangs there would be peace and harmony! Let there be no gangs because they tell kids that they would be cool if they would join, but really they would just destroy their lives! -Daniel Romo

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that there won’t be any graffiti on walls. I have a dream that there will be no more gun violence. I have a dream that there will be no sexual harassment. I have a dream today. I have a dream that there will be peace in everyone person. Let there be no more drugs! Let there be no violence! Let there be peace! Let there be peace between gangs! -Oscar Vera

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that there will be a day when no one will be fought or threatened while walking down the street. I have a dream that there will not be a person who cries over being threatened. I have a dream that violence will be stopped. I have a dream that gangs, racists, policemen, and all people will stop violence. This will be a day of peace. Let there be peace! Let there be light! Let there be happiness! -Amber Watson

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that one day mothers will not leave their babies on the corners of dirty streets. I have a dream that mothers will stop putting their babies in washing machines. I have a dream that one day I will be able to hear the news and not hear about moms that left their babies in garbage cans. I have a dream that mothers and fathers will stop murdering their children just because of the huge responsibility it requires to raise them. I have a dream today! I have a dream that when people see babies or children in the street alone, they will contact the police and help the kids. This will be the day when mothers put their babies up for adoption, instead of letting them die. Let there be no more people killing their babies! Let there be no more moms who don’t want their babies! Let there be no more babies in garbage cans or washing machines! Let there be more peace and appreciation between mothers and their children. -Jacqueling Salinas

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I Have a Dream Too I have a dream that people won’t use drugs, especially children. I have a dream that every time I pass through Hawthorne at night, I won’t see people getting killed by drugs. I have a dream that every time I go to parking lots I won’t see an adult offering an eleven-year-old, or any age kid, drugs. I have a dream that thousands and thousands won’t get killed by drugs every year. I have a dream today. I have a dream that thousands of kids won’t destroy their lives because of drugs. This will be the day that thousands of people will not die because of drugs. Let there be no drug use! Let there not be thousands of people dying because of drugs! Let there be no adults offering children drugs! -Alvaro Ramos

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I Have Dream Too I have a dream that all people will be treated equally. I have a dream that all people will live peacefully and happily in their homes. I have a dream that there won’t be any robbery. I have a dream that there won’t be any gangs or bad people that kill innocent people. I have a dream today. I have a dream that all people will work hard and pass college. This will be the day that there won’t be any gangs around your house or in your street walking by. Let there be peace! Let there be happiness! Let there be love everywhere! Let there be good people in the world! -Deiliana DeLoza

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Carry On By Alejandra Mazariegos Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. helped African Americans understand that a race does have the right to get angry, to show their power, to challenge white domination, and to actively, yet peacefully, demand change. He was a man whose intelligence was so great that he was not afraid to revise his ideas and hold them up for other people to see and learn from. Dr. King was one of the most fearless, intelligent, greatest speakers and speechwriters of the twentieth century. If someone were to ask how I could keep Dr. King’s dream alive in 2004 and beyond, I would respond by saying that I plan to pursue my goal of becoming a lawyer. This way, I will be able to bring fairness and impartiality to the victims of injustice. I will take on cases of those that have been cruelly and wrongly denied of their equality and constitutional rights to happiness.

Another way I can carry on Dr. King’s hopes and dreams is by staying in school and fully receiving my education, including a college degree. Being educated will help me learn even more about the oppression that has occurred throughout history. By learning about past injustices and studying world histories, I know I will not repeat the same actions that have already occurred in history as a result of ignorance. Page 130


I can act as a role model to future generations to show them that just like Dr. King said in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, “You should not judge a person by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Working as a peer mediator and showing my peers that violence is not the answer, is another way that I can reintroduce Dr. King’s dream to the world. I can show my peers how to control both their tongues and their fists. I can encourage them to communicate with each other and to calmly resolve their problems by compromising and discussing like young adults. I am one tiny person in one big world. Still, like Dr. King, I have a dream of destroying racial oppression. Today, many people continue to base their opinions of others on the color of their skin. In his “I Have a Dream” speech, Dr King stated, “We cannot wallow in the valley of despair knowing that this situation can and should be changed!” I believe I can help to continue the revolution that Dr. King started. My actions will leave an impression on the minds of people who believe that one race is superior to another. They will realize that we are all human beings, and that rights shouldn’t be limited to one group of people, but should be shared throughout humanity. Page 131


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Author Biographies Get to know the poets!

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Omar Beltran is an 11-year-old sixth grade student at Centinela Elementary School. He has been at Centinela for his whole life and he hopes to become a writer when he becomes older.

✪ Clara Chavez is an eleven-year-old sixth grader. She goes to Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood, CA. She enjoys writing and reading poetry as well as sharing it with people. She is very excited about publishing a book.

✪ Agatha De-Alba is a sixth grader from Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood, CA. She has been at Centinela for seven years. She recently started learning poetry about a month ago. She plans to become a lawyer or a vet when she grows up.

✪ Deilana De Loza is a 13-year-old student at Centinela Elementary School. She is interested in writing more poems about her family.

✪ Marlene Espinoza is an eleven-year-old student at Centinela Elementary School. She has discovered how to understand herself and express herself with paper and pencil. She plans to become a college graduate when she grows up.

✪ Eddie Garcia is a sixth grader at Centinela Elementary School. He is a dedicated student and an abnormal poet. Read his poetry and you will be inspired, at least he hopes you will.

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Adriana Guerra is an eleven-year-old who attends Centinela Elementary School. Her favorite subject in school is math. Her favorite teacher is Ms. Greer. She enjoys dancing and she loves to write poems.

✪ Daniel Golden is a smart, calm, genius at Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood CA. He’s eleven years old and stays in shape. He has never been in trouble with the law and like sport such as baseball and many other sports.

✪ Anna E. Gutierrez is a 12-year-old student at Centinela Elementary School. She just recently discovered the wonders of poetry. She also plans to write many poems in the future.

✪ Armando Izucar is a sixth grader at Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood, CA. His best friends are Jason, Carlos, Danny, Esteban Vital and David Espindola. He is eleven years old and was born on April 26, 1992. He plays tons of video games.

✪ Miguel Jara is a twelve-year-old at Centinela Elementary School. He enjoys soccer and feels a great emotion for it. He likes to help his friends.

✪ Yoshabal Lester is an 11-year-old sixth grader at Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood, California. She enjoys being a young poet in Ms. Greer’s class. She mostly writes poems about her family and herself.

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Christian Lopez is an 11-year-old in sixth grade at Centinela Elementary School. He has learned poetry only a month ago. His teacher is Ms. Greer who taught him everything about poetry.

✪ Teresita Lopez is a 12-year-old sixth grader at Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood, CA. She has an excellent teacher named Ms. Greer. She enjoys reading and helping people. She is looking forward to seeing her writing in a book.

✪ Maria Martin is a 12 year old who is in 6th grade and attends Centinela Elementary School. Maria lives in Inglewood, CA. She has three brothers and she is the only girl. She has recently learned to enjoy poetry and has always enjoyed math. Maria is pleased to have Ms. Greer as a teacher, and she thinks Ms. Greer is great.

✪ Alejandra Mazariegos is a 12-year-old sixth grader at Centinela Elementary School. Alejandra has been writing poetry for approximately a month. At first she only did what was needed to get the schoolwork done. It wasn’t meaningful at all. However, after awhile she began to be more emotional in her poems, and now, she writes poetry because she wants to.

✪ Kelly Tamayo-Muñoz is an 11-year-old at Centinela Elementary School. She just recently began to write poetry. She plans to write more poetry in the future.

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Francisco Ortega is a 12-year-old in the sixth grade class. He is in Ms. Greer’s class in Centinela Elementary School. He lives in Inglewood, CA. He didn’t like poetry, but now thanks to Ms. Greer, he likes it.

✪ Alvaro Ramos is a sixth grader at Centinela Elementary School. He likes to play any sport and is very competitive. He didn’t like poetry, but thanks to Ms. Greer he likes it now. You will see him in professional soccer playing for the best team, Team America, sometime in the future.

✪ Jason Rendon is a sixth grade student at Centinela Elementary School. He spends most of his time playing video games. He hates writing, but only if he has to write for a long time. Therefore, poetry suits him well.

✪ Jose Reyes is a 12-year-old sixth grader in Centinela Elementary School. He has never written poetry in his life, but he turned out to be a good poet after all. He still doesn’t like poetry, even though he is very good at it.

✪ Daniel Romo is an eleven-year-old sixth grader from Centinela Elementary School. He likes to play all kinds of different sports, especially baseball and soccer. He wants to be a famous baseball player when he gets older.

✪ Sarah Robles is a sixth grader at Centinela Elementary School. She lives in Inglewood, CA. She enjoys being with her family and friends. She loves poetry.

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Yazmin S. Rubio is a sixth grade student at Centinela Elementary School. She is in Ms. Greer’s 6th grade class and is very thankful that she introduced poetry to her. The reason that Yazmin likes poetry so much is because she has a new way of expressing herself without a voice.

✪ Daniel Sagrero is a sixth grader in Centinela Elementary School. He likes to kick back and relax. He uses a lot of gel and is very active.

✪ Jacqueling Salinas is a 12-year-old sixth grader in Centinela Elementary School. She enjoys writing poetry and expresses herself through words. Jacqueling loves having Ms. Greer as a teacher and hopes to make plenty of money when she’s older.

✪ Addie J. Sepulveda is a sixth grader student learning poetry ever since a month ago. She was born in Los Angeles, CA and is 12 years old. She enjoys playing soccer and kick back. Addie really looks forward to become a lawyer or an artist.

✪ Christine Turner is a sixth grade student at Centinela Elementary School. She loves poetry and loves to stay at school.

✪ Karina Trejo was born in Mexico, but raised in Inglewood, CA. She attends Centinela Elementary School. Karina is eleven years old. She enjoyed writing her poetry.

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Oscar Vera is a 12-year-old sixth grader student in Centinela Elementary School, who likes to prank everyone except his friends. He likes to write short stories and poems. He also likes to doodle and play video games.

✪ Amber Watson is a sixth grade student at Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood, California. She is eleven years old and in Ms. Greer’s class. She believes poetry is a fun way to express her feelings and to teach people lessons, even though initially she wasn’t poetry’s biggest fan.

✪ Crystal Wheeler is an intelligent and respectful eleven-year-old student at Centinela Elementary School. She enjoys Math, Art, and Science, but recently she has become interested in the many types of poetry. Now, she has grown to love poetry as one of her favorite subjects.

✪ Stephanie Greer is a proud sixth grade teacher at Centinela Elementary School in Inglewood, CA. It has been her greatest pleasure to watch her students grow as expressive individuals. Through the students’ poetry, she learned about their passions, fears, hobbies, and hopes.

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