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  • Dear Drew,
    I enjoyed your reading of Robert Hayden’s poem, “Those Winter Sundays” because it was nice hearing a child’s perspective of their morning routine on winter Sundays.

    One set of lines that stands out for me is, “then with cracked hands that ached
    from labor in the weekday weather made / banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.” I…Read More

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    "TODAY" by Billy Collins -Read by Kaimea

    If ever there were a spring day so perfect, so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze that it made you want to throw open all the windows in the house and unlatch the door to the canary’s cage, indeed, rip the little door from...

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    • I liked how you explained why you chose this poem and I liked how you read the poem and tried your best to portray the tone of the poem. Also, how you explained what the poem means and why you thought it meant by giving an example.

    • Dear Kaimea,
      I am thankful for your recital of Billy Collins’ poem, “TODAY,” because It was very calming. Each word you read had emphasis. A line that stood out for me is, “a day with the cool brick paths, and the garden bursting with peonies”. I think this line is amusing because of how the garden and the paths around are described. I could Imagine the cool brick on my feet and the peonies that engulf you. Another line that stands out for me is, “Into this larger dome of blue and white, well today is just that kind of day ”. I think this line is thought provoking because it makes you realize that we are all just in a blue and white dome which we call earth. It makes you realize how small we are compared to everything else.

      Thanks for your performance. I look forward to seeing what you make next.

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    I Remember...

    I remember waking up early to watch PBS kids with my sister on the weekends. I remember accidentally swallowing a penny. I remember switching to new prescriptions often since my eyesight was terrible. I remember ordering the same avocado...

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    • Dear Kaimea,

      I am intrigued with your post I ¨Remember…¨ Because I really liked watching PBS Kids as well when I was smaller. Every day when I came to school I remember I would turn on the TV and watch my favorite cartoon at the time which was wild kratts. One sentence that caught my eye was ¨I remember bragging to people I was absent for two years of school in America to go to two years of school in China.¨ I liked this sentence because I’d never been to China but hopefully in the future I can. Possibly to work there or just to be a tourist and learn about the cultures there and try new foods that I have never tried. Anyways I really enjoyed reading your post. I am going to be looking forward to your future posts.

      Bryan

    • Dear, Kaimea
      I related to a lot of the experiences you shared in your post. It helps me understand that we often have all experienced similar things in our lives. We might come from different cultures and backgrounds, but some things are the same. One specific line you wrote was, “I remember switching to new prescriptions often since my eyesight was terrible.” I too passed had worsening eyesight every single time growing up when I returned to my appointments. I also have a sister and we would watch PBS almost every day. It’s these simple events that help us built who we are today.

    • Dear :
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      Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.

    • Dear Kaimea,
      I was really intrested in your poem because I can relate to you. I relate to you on certain things like watching PBS kids in the morning while I was getting ready for school. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was “I remember people would constantly squish my cheeks.” I can realte to this because I had chubby cheeks when I was a kid and may family members would always squish them when I saw them. I would always find it annoying. Reading your poem made me remind of my childhood and how I loved it. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

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    where I'm from...

    I'm from dove ice cream, from Nong shim ramenI am from snow in the backyard and the swing set in the playgroundI am from the key food supermarket and Alexander Hamilton’s house that was made into a museumI am...

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  • Dear Mbathio,
    I enjoyed your poem “Along Manhattan Avenue ,” because it was very true and agreeable.
    One line that stands out for me is, “resulting in you molding yourself to fit into someone’s else’s box labeled “perfect””. I think this line is very true, we are all expected to be a certain way according to other peoples’ standards.
    Tha…Read More

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“TODAY” by Billy Collins – Read by Kaimea

“TODAY” by Billy Collins -Read by Kaimea

I Remember…

where I’m from…

life in New York

the author uses imagery in this poem and uses descriptive language, for an example, “dance a poet's salsa at midnight barefoot” this helps a reader to picture exactly what's going on.

the lines in this poem doesn't end with punctuation, which is the opposite of end-stopped, so the author's lines are enjambed.

the tone of the poem is very playful and relaxed, He climbs, swims, and dances, and he mentions fresh air music.

the author uses a lot of adjectives in his poem, like climb, swim and dance.

the author talks about activities he enjoys doing in his city, and his word choice really helps the reader to picture what's going on.

I like how the author talked about things he enjoys doing in Texas. the poem is very simple, but sincere at the same time. i felt that the author really brought out the beauty of his city, and it makes me want to go there.

Dana, from Kindred, is determined, forgiving, and resourceful

Facing the Lion- Simone

I agree, that's very dangerous.

Sharon was giving Tish advice and comfort.

I agree, Fonny wasn't trying to be rude.

maybe Daniel is scared because of what happened to him before.

is he talking about the police?

what does she mean by “he was already running out of familiar faces”'?

yeah, who are they talking about?

why are they trying to change his testimony?

what were Joseph and Fonny talking about?

why did Ernestine have that reaction?

I agree

I think Sharon and Ernestine didn't want Tish to get stressed out.

Maybe Mrs.hunt tried to kill Fonny

what is Mrs.hunt trying to say about the child?

Ernestine is a good person.

I think Ernestine is warning her.

why did Shelia say that?

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