Dreams & Directions showcases poetry by DPS elementary school students

Dreams & Directions, the fourth annual anthology of poetry written by Denver Public Schools elementary school students, will be released at a celebration from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. today at the Tattered Cover in LoDo. DPS teacher Steve Replogle compiled the work, which DPS superintendent Tom Boasberg calls "an inspiring collection of writing that is warm, smart, funny, and moving."

Here's his sneak peak of some of these remarkable poems:

'I Want A World'

--Hamza Hema, 4th grade, McMeen Elementary School

I want a world

with peace and no war

so no loved ones have to die

I want a world

with fresh breathable air

and no crazy wildfires

I want a world

with no terrorist dictators

making bad choices

I want a world

where everyone

has food, shelter, and clothes

I want a world

where everyone gets a good education

and a great job

I want a world

where everyone's dreams

come true

'Something's Missing'

--Elise Dapper, 4th grade, Park Hill Elementary School

There is something missing in my mouth

What went there got lost in my houth

I sound like a silly gooth

What's missing is my tooth!

'Our Playground'

--Leo Barreras-Garcia, kindergarten, Barrett Elementary School

I like the playground

One yellow slide

Two green swings

Three cool friends

'Mother's Day'

--José Saldivar, 2nd grade, Knapp Elementary School

Mommy, mom!

The planets

will fall from the sky


Pluto fell down

due to its beauty


You make people sneeze

with such soft hair


Your dress is so shiny,

people's eyes pop out!


--Mikaila Gabbett, 2nd grade, Asbury Elementary School

Recycle you must

The world is in your hands

Compost you must

Life is in your hands

Reuse you must

The universe is in your hands

Help the world

You must

Everything is in your hands

'Where I Am From'

--Evelyn Servin, 5th grade, Eagleton Elementary School

I am from a place

where my mom waits for me

with a delicious meal

done by her own hands

with love.

I am from a place

where the blue sky is like me

always feeling free

and smiling with the clouds

like jumping on a trampoline.

'My Trip To The Computer Lab'

--Clifford Archuleta, 1st grade, Colfax Elementary School

I go into a forest of computers.

I sit and face a jungle called The Web.

It is an exploration.

An adventure.

Dreams & Directions will be on sale at all Tattered Cover locations and The Bookies Bookstore.

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