Girls Ultimate - City Championships
A once quaint streak of depressingly similar 18ft wide, boxy, West Philly row homes-
now infested with the bellows of
“OHHHHH YOU TRYNA BUST???”
Is where I’m from.
Where voicing verbal lashes of insults with your very best friends are the norm.
And if the insult wasn’t “good enough” then
“That shit was ass”
is the retort for your failed attempt of humor.
Yep, I’m from
Teeth chattering and hand numbing winter nights of 20 and below
On a cold and unwelcoming cemented porch
Where adolescents bundle air tight with each other’s limbs and torsos
like horror-struck kindergarteners
clinging dearly to their mothers with a suffocating iron grip on the first day of school.
Where being together in the cold of the night was more important then being warm, cozy and sane
“Yo, what’s ya name?” and “Damn, who’re you?”.
Where apparently silence isn’t taken as “I’m clearly NOT interested”.
I’m from summers of sweating puddles, shopping obsessively, and
I’m from persistent car alarms screeching ear-popping pitches,
all because our football decided to take air in its own route.
Where shades of mocha, caramel, and vanilla
strut underneath towering tracks of the EL,
pushing aside outward differences for a mere moment-
is where I’m from.
Yeah, I’m from
Horrendous animal nicknames, tedious trips to the “Papi’s”, and
hyena-like fits of laughter with my very best friends.
I believe I’m from those days
with my very best friends.
“Where I am from” Poem
I am from the core of sport centers
Roars that follow louder then cars
Homes lined up to its twin sharing
the occasional tree that separates the outlook.
I am from the smell of detailed foods.
As the smells travel throughout the house
Satisfying as it reaches your tongue.
I am from the couch where my grandfather would sit
and not one baseball game was missed.
I am from the cold winters and the hot summers
One night colder or warmer then another.
I am from the wildly celebrated holidays
That lasted from days on end.
The ones that brought our family closer
And together for remembrance.
I am from the do good
And good things will come to you.
I am from the educated
And learn new things everyday.
not in the typical sense but
a town within a large city
a small place where you may know my name
or my face
but it ends there
I'm from a medium sized house with a medium sized family in it
from Kevin, the other one of two children
two point five children and a white picket fence?
not so much,
a gray wire fence though does the same job
holds in the large dreams
protecting them from harm
as we sit together around the kitchen table discussing days on end
I'm from a garden,
tomatoes, peppers and more
planted and cultivated by Dad and now myself
but also of large dreams
where some lie dead in the face of financial distress
others, in lack of progress
from dreams blooming like sunflowers
large dreams speak to the hours and hours I spend
pouring over books, fact and figures
attempting to use the ingredients and execute the recipe
began by Mom
I'm from baking bread
the doughy smell enveloping the house
the lock to the fence
the security blanket
keeping us from getting hurt
from being a convert, to the broken world
I'm from protection
"You're extremely lucky,
so many would wish
for just this"
I am from FamilyFrom place to place
I am from GamingFrom an anger so uncalled for it amazes even me
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Tuesday, Sept. 6th:
8:15-10:15am - 2 hour advisory
10:20-11:35 - X band
11:40-12:45 - Y band
12:50-1:55 - A Band
2:00-3:05 - B Band
Wednesday, Sept. 7th:
8:15-9:15am - 1 hour advisory
9:20-10:25 - C Band
10:30-11:35 - D Band
11:40-12:45 - E Band
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When I become a teacher
I'll put a map of the world on every wall in my classroom
My students will always know to have a universal mindset
When they hear freedom, they'll think of more than spirituals and Emancipation
They'll remember the stinking pits at Babi Yar
The curled steel at Auchwitz
Sarajevo’s rifle butts
Cambodia’s grit and sweat and death
These classroom walls will not fence their minds.
Eyes will be opened. Again.
Instead of asking my students to adjust to my teaching style
Fawn in silent awe over my genius
I'll ask them how they learn
Then tend to the visual
and tactile learners
the best way I can
They’ll never doubt their place in my plan,
Confuse our classroom for a cookie-cutter
Stage where they must sit on their hands.
I’ll take criticism.
Gather it like gold dust between my fingers.
Never satisfied, I’ll Practice my practice forever.
My classroom will be painted bright blues and yellows
Along with students drawings, murals and poetry
Displays of Me Magazines
And word walls
Scenes from books acted out
and Mock trials
I will appreciate their creativity
I will teach my students inquiry
Ask them questions about the world around them
Their opinions on issues from health care to the Palestine Wall
I won't talk at them, but with them
We'll have discussions and debates
I will challenge them
Ask them how they would tackle issues like budgets cuts
Low reading levels
And school safety
I'll ask them how they feel about Pennsylvania finding money to build 3 more prisons but cutting funding from schools
Or how they feel about districts paying millions for standardized test and curriculum but not having enough for extra curricular activities
They will be informed
My students will be poets
All while being beautifulEveryday I will tell them they're beautiful
cuando yo era un niño, yo era un poco corta, de gordito y muy saliente. Yo era gordito, porque me comí casi todo, pero mi comida favorita era nuggets de pollo, que podíacomer para siempre. algunas de las cosas que me gustaba eran, ver la televisión, y practicar deportes outside.I pensaba que iba a ser un atleta, cualquier tipo de deportista. Pensé que si yo era un atleta, me haría cargo de todas las personas que seinportant a mí, como mi mamá, mi tía, mi tío, mi primo, y su abuelo.
Hoy en día, soy alto y fuerte, pero sigo siendo la misma persona saliente que solía ser.las cosas que me gusta haber cambiado. Cosas que me gustan ahora son, deportes, electrónica, música, y las niñas. Mi rutina diaria es más o menos ir a la escuela todos los días en el SLA, y pasar tiempo con amigos.
En el futuro, tengo previsto ir a la universidad en la Universidad de Pennsylvania, y mayor en negocios. Quiero trabajar en negocios deportes. Im va a tener un buen coche y una casa bonita, con una bella esposa, y tal vez algunos niños. eventualmente quiero abrir mi propia firma de consultoría, que veo como un gran éxito. Y voy a vivir feliz después de todo.