From a SpeakTogether virtual workshop, University Heights High School, The Bronx, Fall 2020
This poem was composed during a six-week workshop conducted by poet Jubi Arriola-Headley, who introduced a class of 9th-grade students to myriad forms of poetry that exist. This workshop took place virtually during a global pandemic. Read more about the works in this collection, which demonstrates students’ efforts to find their voices and share them with their peers, teachers, and families.
You see me quite often
But i don’t really care
If you pass by me you’ll often stop and stare
Give me a smile and i’ll smile back
You can touch me
But i can’t touch you back.
You can see me but i only reflect
You and I can never reject you.
I look like you but i am not you
Laurencia is a student at University Heights High School in The Bronx.