Robinson Middle School in Topeka on 11/15/2019

Tai Amri Spann-Ryan’s students

I always want to be
the best I can be
but sometimes it’s hard
to always stay positive
& to keep your head up
to always think about wonderful things
Life is different for everyone
maybe we can sit under the stars
& think about how we are
all special in this world
cool & brave
My life is awesome & cool everyday
I want to be safe wherever I go
there will be a show
that I go to & roar
I go to an orchard
One day I will find
one soul that will join me
Join me on the road
lighten up the soul
with a smile that is
so full
I will find flowers


Exquisite corpse: (from the French term cadavre exquis), A method by which a collection of words or images are collectively assembled. I collected these poems as I traveled through Kansas. These poems are written collectively by Kansans at readings, open mics and workshops. The titles of each poem are the locations and dates where they were assembled. They are part of Exquisite Kansas, a collection to be published at the end of my laureateship.


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