Sitting in a classroom in Sanders, Arizona, 7th grader Onajae Betoney put her pencil to the page. Her teacher, Katrina Turner (New Mexico, ’13), gave her the freedom to write about whatever she wanted, and so Onajae wrote “Loving My Daddy.”
Like so many of the students who write for Teach For America’s Poet Warriors Project, Onajae was told she could write what matters the most and could publish a poem for the nation to see, and she chose to proudly share the story of her dad. In the past few months alone, at least 70 other Poet Warriors have published poems about their fathers. On this Father’s Day, we want to share a few excerpts. (Click the links to see the full poems on poetwarriorsproject.org.)
Phoua can only describe his father using the most beautiful metaphors:
He’s the leaves that reach so high,
which sits right on the tree tops.
He’s those fences
that guards the flowers.
He’s those hopes
that keeps us believing…
My dad is the sun
that shines through the hardships.
Excerpt from “Family,” by Phoua Lee