Hazelwood student’s poem inspires

June 5, 2014

By Staff

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Hazelwood Elementary School student-teacher Joshua Heintz gave his fifth-graders 30 minutes and a prompt.

“Write a poem about a time when you did not fit in,” he told them.

Upon review, one poem in particular stood out from the rest, Heintz said. Faith Montes’ uplifting poem about image and self-confidence struck a chord with all who have read it.

“I have received such a positive response from the teachers and staff I have shared the poem with,” he said.

Read Faith’s poem in its entirety, below.

“I wish I fit in, I wish I was cool.

I wish those popular girls wouldn’t be so cruel.

I wish I had cute clothes and soft bouncy curls,

But my hair is black, unlike those other girls’.

Why don’t I fit in? Am I not pretty?

Maybe, because they look down at me with pity.

What am I doing? Why do I care?

It doesn’t matter if they have cute clothes or curly hair.

How foolish of me! Who cares? Let them be!

I’d rather be me than what they want to see.”

Faith is a fifth-grader in Michelle Ervin’s class, where Heintz student teaches.

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