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April is National Poetry Month, a time when we celebrate poetry and recognize how it has shaped American culture. This year, KUT is participating in National Poetry Month by sharing poems written by students in the Blank Page creative writing programs at Kealing and Fulmore Middle Schools and the Writers' Workshop at Rawson Saunders School. You can read the and listen to the poems here, and you can also listen to the poems read on KUT 90.5 FM throughout the month of April.


Read by Burton Fitzsimmons.

I am not the president, I am not a king
I am not the v.p., I am not the queen
I am neither poor nor rich
I do not make laws and I don’t fight them
I am just one soul in this big planet
With a voice only people close to me can hear
I am in a position neither above or bellow
I do what I want and do as I’m told
I am as powerful as I am
Nothing you say will change my mind

I am not a boy and I am not a man
I am a teenager looking at the world
The world offering me little hope of succeeding
A world of possibility is the world we should be in
Allowed to learn from our mistakes and not just repeat them
I am the governor of myself
I will help you, I will help myself, I’ll do what is right and I’ll never lie
To help you is what I want to do
But I need someone as powerful as you to help me
We can learn together
Living together and learning together is my goal and so let it be told
I will be the most powerful man I know
With the help to make me so.