Performing Arts Workshop has long partnered with Marin County working with young people in Juvenile hall and Phoenix Academy, Marin County’s drug treatment program. Funded by the Marin Community Foundation, the Workshop has published a number of poetry anthologies with work by youth who spend all or part of their time incarcerated. This year again with help from teaching artist Freddy Gutierrez, poems by these young people will find their way into the world many of them remember with fear and fondness. A selection of these poems are below. For more information, please contact the Workshop. firstname.lastname@example.org
6 years old – a wetback’s what he called me
a fist to his spectacles, I watched him cry falling
Benjamin Franklin, took my heart by storm
a fatal infatuation which left my hear t torn
protection of my home and the residents in who reside
and monetary struggles seem to dictate my life
school never filled my hunger for education
belittlement to my genius was the teacher’s presentation
after my uncle’s murder my sanity disappeared
my new motivations seem to appear
Where is your heart?
What have you been seeking?
Where is your heart?
If you give your heart to each and everything
you lead it nowhere
you destroy your heart.
My heart is Sydney.
She is or has become my heart because
she is the only one I can trust.
She knows everything and anything about me.
After Dante died she made me comfortable
with his death.
We fought which made us closer.
She finishes my sentence.
She’s herself around me.
She’s my first everything.
She loves m as a best friend and her girlfriend.
She holds me when I cry.
She makes me happy, makes me feel complete.
Talk about the randomest things.
She’s my motivation.
And every day I can hear her name and I’ll be better.
Her smile can make my day.
Most importantly she doesn’t influence me.
My heart is Atomic bomb.
My heart is a gold treasure.
It’s worth a lot but hard to find.
One of a kind shining all night.
Bright underground open it
and see what you found.
Happiness and sadness will come with it.
Take care of it and don’t lose it.
My heart has been hurt a couple
of times but I try to erase
the bad times my heart has