I Visited a Chicago Public School Today

Thirteen Statues

I found a flock of hardy souls
So stately near a school
I read their names, admired their goals
I wondered about their rule

019

020

023

025

027

029

The presidents, the warriors
All claiming to love the masses
The heroes brave crossing barriers
The Spanish children in their classes

Benito Juarez Academy
A Chicago Public School
Return to a state of normality
Secure in your vestibule

The teens I met in classrooms so full
Polite and friendly and proud
Beautiful hope for the future, they pull
My heart from the statue crowd

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Dianna
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 15:41:23

    Sounds wonderful, Natalie! So glad to hear that there’s a school somewhere with teens who are polite, friendly and proud!

    Reply

  2. Patty Hebert
    Apr 08, 2013 @ 15:49:13

    Beautiful

    Reply

  3. Natalie
    Apr 12, 2013 @ 13:57:52

    Thank you, Patty. The inspiration was there for a word of poetry.

    Reply

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