Radio Poets

For National Poetry Month, KALW and America SCORES Bay Area have teamed up to bring you the voices of young poets from San Francisco’s public schools.

America SCORES works in the Bay Area’s most challenged public elementary schools, using soccer and poetry to help young “poet-athletes” discover the benefits of working together as a team, the joy of physical activity, and the fun in reading and writing.

Marlon Barreno, and coach Edgar Alvarez
Marlon Barreno, and coach Edgar Alvarez

Throughout April 2015, you can hear these young people read their poems on KALW, Monday through Thursday at 3:18pm and 8:58pm.

The series was produced by Kevin Vance, Matt Martin, Emily Queliza and Gregg Zeppo, and features students from Redding, Lakeshore, Garfield, Hillcrest, Cleveland, Sanchez, E.R. Taylor, Leonard Flynn, and Tenderloin Community elementary schools in San Francisco.

Radio Poets 2015: Sneja Limbu

Apr 30, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

 

 

My Past Memories

Sneja Limbu, Redding Elementary 

When I see the sun

I feel like I am in the past

with all my wonderful memories

The memories

of being in the sunlight,

and playing soccer

Saying hooray when I win

and having good sportsmanship

when my team feels like they have lost 

The memory

of losing a soccer game

but still having fun

with joy and lots of smiles

The memory

of splashing puddles

while playing soccer

Radio Poets 2015: Giovanna Andrade

Apr 29, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

I Used To Be…

Giovanna Andrade, Junipero Serra Elementary

 

I used to be the ground 

that everyone steps on

but now I am heaven

where everyone is welcome

 

I used to be a cloud

for the people to guess what shape I am

but now I am a cloud with rain

that people stare at and wonder about their life

 

I used to be a dead rose

with all my petals that have fallen off

but now I am a healthy garden

of beautiful roses

 

I used to be a broken weak branch

Radio Poets 2015: Jackson Lawrence

Apr 28, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

Christmas Morning

Jack Lawrence, Redding Elementary

I wake up feeling so excited

I can't wait to see the tree all lighted

With my presents all around

I wake my parents with abound

They woke up to come into the living room

As I ripped open my presents in a boom

I was so happy with what I got

I hugged my parents and said, "Thanks a lot"

Then I went through my whole stocking

I had to say, those were rocking

Spent the whole afternoon with all my new stuff

Radio Poets 2015: Marco Chen

Apr 27, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

Dreams

Marco Chen, Garfield Elementary

 

It's Blue

Like the starry night, like the 

blue sky

 

It's bright like the glowing moon,

like the very bright sun, it's on fire

 

It's cold, but its romantic

On top of a tall mountain,

the light of the town is as bright

as the Sun

 

It's beautiful,

It looks like there

were ten suns

in the sky,

the best day ever,

I see a werewolf,

it's coming to eat the suns

I'm Awake

 

Radio Poets 2015: Jessica Ojeda Paz

Apr 23, 2015
AmericaSCORES Bay Area

 

 

JUPITER! 

Jessica Ojeda, ER Taylor

 

I went to Jupiter as fast as light. 

On my long journey I looked outside, 

it was a beautiful night. 

I saw millions of lights. 

I landed on Jupiter; as I walked around 

I felt different types of air. 

I thought, “what a beautiful place” 

I wish to stay

on this peaceful and clean place. 

I felt a nice warm air blowing at me. 

I wish people can live here

I called my family to come with me. 

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