Students Recite Poetry to Musical Artist and Actor, Common

Common with The Renaissance School of the Arts students

Today, Burlington celebrated its inaugural partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org to help teachers and students get the supplies they need to succeed, with students from The Renaissance School of the Arts in East Harlem, New York. Joining the campaign was Musical Artist and Actor, Common. Select students from the school shared their poetry with Common and their fellow students. Read their personal poetry below.

Jadon, 8th grader - Bringing Culture to Campus

Words are like bullets which failed to be revealed
One bullet can kill a person that fails to make a deal
Life is precious so as what they say
But words decides if the pain can go away

As a renaissance student myself I fail to realize
That words can kill just right before our eyes
No need to use no bloody stick or knife
No need to reminisce, think, or categorize

Words are like bullets that rotate in flames
My name is Jadon-li and I've been through great pain
Now who am I, well that's a long story
Just a little justification, with no glory

As a renaissance student I grow with extension
Some merits here and there, but certainly no detention
They say I’m a leader, yeah that’s what they all say
But I'm just being who I am like Shillae all day

Us humans here and there sometimes we make mistakes
Some other times we just need to take many breaks
But don’t look at these mistakes as horrible regrets
Just look at them as something you learned and never forget
But remember

Words are like bullets which failed to be revealed
One bullet can kill a person that fails to make a deal
Life is precious so as what they say
But words decide if the pain can go away


Khalil, 7th grader - Can You See My True Colors

Can you see my vision?
How they display us on the television
They say it's only prison
Our only way of living
Ghetto high rise,I dream for better
Mama call me King,I hope she knows the pressure of a young black male,I see the signs
I ain't colorblind
The top of America,I got my way to climb
Out of my casket, ducking and dodging, that's my daily habit
Martin fought for civil rights, on the block, they turning savage
Bodies dropping like bowling pins, fathers on their third strike
Depression makes you wanna to take your own life
Create your own peace, life is never certain
I wipe my mother's tears, I know deep down she hurting.


Common with Jadon, poem author and student of The Renaissance School of the Arts

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  • Pilar Wilkins |

    This was such an awesome experience not only for me, but for my impressionable students. Much love to all involved!