Hi! my name is Kenya Sanchez. I’m a 9th grader at Life academy. My poem is about my community and all the tragic events that happen in my community. I chose to write about this topic because it’s important that people know that not everybody lives in a very safe community and that it’s important to stand up and advocate for the people who need to speak up for themselves.


A quiet street,

No sound,

No people,


We hop out the car minding our own


Until we hear,

Bang, bang, bang

Dogs barking,

People screaming,

And me and my mom locked in the in the car.

You know nothing new,

Another shooting

Mom says just wait a few minutes we’ll hear sirens soon,


Why wait

It just keeps getting worse

So often we hear the sounds of bullets speeding through the air

And shattering the windows

I try to imagine that the sound

Of shattering glass is diamonds

But, in reality its glass windows

My younger sisters believe that the life we live with violence is normal

That it’ll pass

Since they were little infants

They’ve been manipulated to think that violence is good

But, all I think is pain

I hear tears

of the babies

screaming and crying

And screaming and crying

and  the sound of two people shooting back and forth

Without caring about others until

bang, bang, bang

an innocent person is wounded

A plague

Plague of both houses?

Nah a plague on the people who created this

“Street Disturbance”

But in my words a shooting.

A life is lost,

And there’s absolutely

Nothing to do about it ,

but end the violence.

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December 12, 2018 9:52 pm

Dear, Kenya
I like how you decided to write a poem about your community! A line that really stood out to me is when you said, “Me and my mom locked in the car. You know nothing new, another shooting”. That stood out to me because that was a way you decided to describe your community and it’s just like damn. Overall your poem was really good.
Sincerely, Bryan Moreno

Ivy Delgadillo
December 12, 2018 7:38 pm

My favorite part of your poem was ”I try to imagine that the sound
Of shattering glass is diamonds
But, in reality its glass windows”.
And I also like how you instead of writing about love, (a topic that almost everyone wrote about) you wrote about violence. Also, your choice of words was great, you are an actual poet!!!Good job, I really like your poem, and I look forward to seeing what else you upload.

December 12, 2018 5:05 am

Dear Kenya,
Amazing poem you have! Community is a big topic because in those communities we have a thing called home. I liked how you used “A plague Plague of both houses?Nah a plague on the people who created this“Street Disturbance” this part is outstanding. Usually we think about problems breaking out because of two households but it’s not always like that. You were very detailed and each line made sense. Your description is so detailed and it explains what you will be talking in your poem and why you chose it so it wouldn’t be confusing. Good job!

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