Student Work

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.

My Wifi speaks of pain

by Jayden

My owner loves to use me
Sometimes overuse me
But at the same time i enjoy it
The only downside is the pain
He says i’m not fast or strong enough
But i really try my best
I’m like a bird in a nest
Not moving just chirping
But i don’t chirp loud enough
He plays his game
When he loses it’s a shame
The amount of time invested
Just for him to be bested
One day i will work perfect
And that day will be terrific

Jayden is a student at University Heights High School in The Bronx.

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