Who Are You, Scared O?

A student poem.

Who Are You, Scared O?
By Elisia Z.

A small little orange guy
With a green stick
Shaking, shaking, full of fear.
Why little guy, why
are you shaking, shaking?
The thankful Thanksgiving day
is coming, coming, coming.
You should be happy with joy,
bouncing, bouncing, bouncing.
That’s what you should be.
Answer, answer, answer me.

“Like you just said,” said the guy.
“Thanksgiving is coming,
coming, coming, coming.
Humans like you eat
apple pie, pumpkin pie, corn,
mashed potatoes, mac and cheese,
and chicken.
You will need me
to make one of that.
But I don’t want
to die.
I want to live,
live, live, LIVE!!!
But why?
Why do they kill my kind?
Please, please,
protect me please.”
Ok, ok
I will protect you
Since you are

The Unmarvelous Marvelous, The Perfect Absurd: I Spy Poetry
PS188, Queens, 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.