The Whole World Is Watching
Portrait photography by Jennifer Waddell.

I sit in class

  I know I’m young

    But I wonder

       What is love

           Not by a friend

              Not by a parent

                 But by a partner

                    I truly want

                  How do I know

               He’s the one

            How do I know

         He feels the same

     Don’t know who to ask

About these things that wander

     Throughout my head I ponder

        Day and night he’s in my mind

            In my feelings it’s hard to rhyme

               People ask me what is wrong

                    But my story is way too long

                        When will the time have come

                              When I finally find the one

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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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