National Poetry Month

KUT is partnering with Kealing Middle School, Austin Bat Cave writing center, and Fulmore Middle School to celebrate National Poetry Month. This April, we’re airing poems written by Austin creative writing students.

School In and Out

Apr 27, 2017

Read by Ebony Stewart

The soft sound of hands brushing eraser shavings

Off the paper

The clicking of pens

The sound of crinkling paper

The squeaking of rubber soles

On the polished tiles

The dull green of the tennis court

Behind the crisscrossed fence

Grass blades flicker under

The wind’s mighty breath

As does my paper,

Disobeying me yet again

Back to humming lights

And disinfectant smells

Chatter I can’t distinguish

Clapping and heavy footsteps

Great Distance

Apr 27, 2017

Read by Carrie Fountain

Before I bury my head In yet another book

filled with magic and mythical monsters,

I sigh, for I have a wish

That can only come true

In a real world filled with magic and mythical monsters.

I want to be a superhero who fights magical beasts,

Makes brave decisions and performs miraculous deeds

While fighting for my beliefs!

I want magic, I want mystery!

You say it doesn’t exist

With a dismissive roll of your eyes.

But I cannot help but wish!

Hope, you say, will not deliver for you.

You will never have your silly magic wands and unicorns!

And I say to you, yes,

Hope will not deliver,

Nor will any amount of dreaming or wishing,

But the whole entire point,

You see,

Is          How             Far                 Away       It        is.

There is an uncompromising distance

Between society

And the myths and stories read by a girl,

Whose opinions don’t matter

Until she is eighteen.

Complete is my desire for sword fights and dragons,

Yet today

All childish notions have been completely snuffed out

By the growing foot of adulthood,

Which still hasn't found

A boot

That fits.

I Am a Pony

Apr 27, 2017

Read by Zell Miller III

I am a pony

Inside of me is disgusting

Outside of me is beautiful

And I have 1 leg and

No face and

500 hearts and

1 body and

1,000,000 eyeballs and

10,000 arms and

11,000 fingers and

5,000,000 brains and

10 noses and

No bones and

No skin and

I’m lonely and

My blood is green

Earth is Perfect

Apr 27, 2017

Read by Ebony Stewart

Earth is perfect

Earth is pretty

We have a world to ourselves but you really want to share it

Feeling Mexico

Apr 27, 2017

Read by Rabbi Neil Blumofe

As we drive

I see birds

high in the sky.

I close my eyes and imagine

I am a bird

flying all the way to Mexico.

I can taste the chamoy raspas.

I can hear the mariachi

and church bells.

I feel my heart jump.

Below me, I see trees

dancing in the wind.

I don't want to open my eyes

but when I do I'm back in the car

and we're still driving.

I look up and see the sign:

"Welcome to Mexico."

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