WMS students and teachers are honoring National Poetry Month with their studies in English classes and with presentations to the community at Morning Meeting. Scroll down to read a poem by White Mountain School sophomore, Ysanel Luciano.
Students in Barbara Buckley’s class shared their original works this morning. Buckley shared, “The poems the students read this morning were poems they wrote about a journey or a place they call home. We had been reading other place/journey poems and the students modeled their poems on some of those -or just went their own ways. The timed slides you saw are similar to a Pecha Kucha type of presentation. Next week, Dawn Potter, a poet who lives in Maine and leads the summer programs at The Frost Place, will be coming to campus to work with students in classes and do an evening poetry reading on Thursday evening. She’ll be staying on campus and leading morning meeting on Friday morning.”
by Ysanel Luciano ’18
Waving is my way of acknowledging a presence
gives peace to those to receive it
I wave and go, the crowd floods my presence
I received stares and smiles, as no fear is shown, just confidence
Alone I go down the aisle, take a seat and pray
Just as my mother does
she waits for a call, four hours from now,
From a place further than she can see me
But my voice will reassure her and let her sleep for 21 days
The smell hit me: gas and burnt tires
As the humid air ran across my face
The moon fell, the sun rose, cars honked
Too tired to remember how I got here, my eyes took over me
I was awakened by a soft cry
Those who see me, know who I am
But I look at those unfamiliar faces and try to attach a name
Does she dance?
Does she speak spanish?
Who is her mother?
Because that’s how I have to introduce myself
Hija de Mella, I mumbled
Annoyed by how no one knew my name
To the confusion on everyone’s face
When they found out I knew what a parcela was
To pointing out tourist who spoke english
“Those are your people”
To soft eyes following my move
Never has he seen me before
But I make myself known
Ysanel, hija de Mella