man in white long sleeve shirt and black pants standing on road during daytime

I heard them and I still hear them
Hearing mother calling for their kids 
To come home before it gets dark
Hearing Aunts, uncles, playing dominos 
In front of the building making bets
Walking to the park and seeing vendors
Selling ice cream, corn for $1
Hearing police sirens and seeing the 
A and 1 track passing.
Walking to the deli and 
Talking to the workers and petting the cat
This is the place I know.


I was inspired by “Along the East River and in the Bronx Young Men Were Singing,” by Ariel Francisco.


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  1. Jaiden 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa,
    I think you summed up what it is like for us every day in the “Street We Walk.”

  2. Cristin 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa i love this poem and is important because kids these days are super young be on the street late and parents are worrying about their kids and also stranger telling kids come over here and they get take away but for me the street aren’t safe for us at all.

  3. Drew 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa :
    I am Pleased by your poem, “The Streets We Walk,” because Of the common idea and surroundings of the place where you (and I may) walk past everyday.
    One line that stands out for me is, “Walking to the deli and
    Talking to the workers”. I think this line is striking because I do the same thing when I walk to/in the store.
    Your poem reminds me of my life and experiences while living in New York. Because all these ideas are so common around this area.
    Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next. Because This poem was great and you have a great way with words

  4. Dehao 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa
    Your poem in my opinion captures what being a child felt like as if we are at the ages of 10 again. Your poem “The Street We Walk” captures how personally I was as child , since I know that I used to enjoy going to the park and come back rather late. I don’t need to pick a line since I believe the whole poem is what brings the nostalgia not just a single line. Thank you for this poem as it has brought back some nice memories.

  5. Tasneem 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa, i really enjoyed reading your poem and I think you did I an amazing job describing New York City in your own perspective. I can actually say i agree with most of what you wrote. GREAT JOB !!!

  6. Lexie 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa
    I really enjoyed reading this poem. The way that you described everything made it so easy to picture. And you reminded me of some memories I forgot that I had.

  7. Nicolle 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa,
    I really enjoyed this poem because its raw and relatable. Many people can relate to this and imagine it. Its very nostalgic hearing it especially in times like now.

  8. Kaimea 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa,
    I liked reading your poem, “The street we walk,” because it was very easy to picture what you were saying, and everything you wrote was relatable to me.
    One line that stands out for me is, “Hearing police sirens and seeing the A and 1 track passing.” I think this line is very relatable to me because I often heard and see these things in my neighborhood.
    Thanks for your poem. I look forward to seeing what you make next.

  9. Ian 3 weeks ago

    Dear Luisa:
    I am happy with your poem, “The Street We Walk,” because when I read it for the first time I felt like I was reading a book. It was detailed and I could picture the scenes in my head. I could also relate to what was going on in the poem.
    One line that stands out for me is, “I heard them and I still hear them”. I think this line is important because This line is what leads you to the rest of the poem..
    Another line that stands out for me is, “This is the place I know”. I think this line is also good because after reading the poem and reading that line, I feel like I understand you better.
    I look forward to seeing what you make next. I want to read about more of the places that you know.

  10. Karim 3 weeks ago

    i like how you made the poem sound like your telling a dream/story

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