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Bright Spot - TYWLS-Q - Community Poems!

AUTUMN TILSON

AUTUMN TILSON, STAFF

This month at The Young Women's Leadership School of Queens (TYWLS-Q), the girls in Periods 7 and 8 finished their individual and community poems. They found a lot of joy in combing their favorite lines to create one long community poem. Period 7 chose to create poems about food in their culture, focusing on the similarities and differences among different dishes and how that affected their households. Period 8 focused more on the realities of being a teenage girl and the ups and downs they faced. 

Period 7
I come from the wooden stick
Moving in its repetitive motion
The sweet smell of warm love from a pot

I come from a tense home where we are all red fiery wings
Hurtful like the burn of hot soup
I come from “stay out of the kitchen!”
A small fry with a big appetite

Not a happy meal
I sit alone eating dry rice that sits like moth balls

 

Period 8
I am the color black in a rainbow,
and a rainbow in a black sea

I have two sides
one fairytale
one dark

I am not
just another girl
in your inbox 

I am a person of
respect and self control

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