2 Night Songs and a Morning Scream

Poems by Students

My Night Song
by Jonathan V. (2nd grade)

I hear my brother snoring
It scares me
I hear my dog bark all day long
I can’t stand it
I hear the moon singing jazz
While it goes down
I hear the dirt flow through the wind

My Morning Poem
by Mikaela W. (2nd grade)

Some mornings I scream
I also throw a fit
I can smell sadness
It feels sharp like a shark
I am as angry as a bear
But then I am happy like a panda
I am hungry like a zombie

My Night Song
by Saleh A. (2nd grade)

I hear my brother crying
I hear my dad snoring
I hear the wind from my window
I hear the rain

The Poetry Room
The Magnet School for Environmental Studies and Community Wellness, Brooklyn, NY
Amina Henry,  writer‐in‐residence

Amina Henry is a Brooklyn-based playwright and educator. Recent local productions include PS (Ars Nova), Little Rapes (The New Group/Long Island University), and The Johnsons (JACK). Her work has been produced, developed by, and/or presented by: Atlantic Theatre, The New Group, Clubbed Thumb, New Georges, The Flea, Page 73, Project Y Theatre, National Black Theater, Little Theater at Dixon Place, The Brooklyn Generator, The Brick, HERE Arts Center, The Cell: a 21st Century Salon, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the 2013 Black Swan Lab Series (Ashland, OR), Kitchen Dog Theater (Dallas, TX), and HERO Theatre (Los Angeles, CA), among other organizations. She was a 2017-18 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Space Residency and is a 2018 recipient of a space residency at Dixon Place. She is a member of the Women's Project 2022-24 Lab and an affiliate artist at New Georges. She is currently an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College and SUNY Albany. She is also a teaching artist for Teachers & Writers Collaborative and the Hunts Point Alliance for Children.