The Whole World Is Watching
Portrait photography by Jennifer Waddell.

Looking at the children running from the stairs
Made me think of myself at their age
Like me in them
I wished I could at that moment go back
Go back to the days daddy still bought me ice cream outside the church
Full of opportunity to do whatever without being scolded
I wished I could go back
To the time I played with sand and made sand houses
Oh! What happy memories
I wish I could be 7 years old again
That would be wonderful
Less homework, more time to explore and make good decisions
Or probably have made my way here earlier than 15 years
That would be very interesting
To see the 7 year old of me

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The Whole World Is Watching

"The Whole World Is Watching throbs with urgency and intelligence, offering a window into the lives, minds, hearts of this city's young poets." —Nina MacLaughlin, The Boston Globe. 826 Boston's first poetry anthology brings together the work of 8th-12th graders in the Writers' Room programs at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, the Jeremiah E. Burke High School, the Boston Teachers Union K-8 School, Boston International Newcomers Academy, and the Rafael Hernández K-8 School. Foreword by Porsha Olayiwola, Boston Poet Laureate.

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