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Radio Poets: Marlon Barreno

Marlon Barreno  is a student at San Francisco's Junipero Serra Elementary School, where he writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring his voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Missing My Dad”

Marlon Barreno

J. Sierra Elementary School


I remember the dad that I had—

I remember going over his house

And sleeping with him limb to limb

I remember playing soccer with him

Trying a lot, giving him everything I got.

He's now not with me, it makes me cry

I never wanted to say bye. He introduced

Me to soccer when I was two. I've played

so long that no one says boo, it's true he

taught me so little yet so much. I love

him, he loves me. So far that's all we got