Radio Poets: Stella Mae Schmidt

Apr 16, 2014

Stella Mae Schmidt is a student at San Francisco's Tenderloin Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

I used to be . . .

By Stella-Mae Schmidt

Tenderloin Community School


I used to be a piece of dirt, and now I am a flower 

filled with beauty everyday and with love every hour


I used to used to be a stranded branch but now I am a tree 

but instead of looking down I smile with glee


I used to be a basketball but now I am a player

I can do a slam-dunk jumping up in the air


I used to be asleep but now I am wake

And see everything, the real from the fake



Music Credit: Bela Fleck, Debussy's "Children's Circle"