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Radio Poets: Ruth Velasquez

Ruth Velasquez is a student at San Francisco's Cleveland Elementary School, where she writes poetry and plays soccer as part of the AmericaSCORES program.  KALW is proud to bring her voice to the air during National Poetry Month.

“Who am I?” 

Cleveland Elementary School

By Ruth Velasquez 



I am a girl that’s special to one and the others.

I am a girl who says


I will try again

I am a human who says

Just stop

I am a human who says

Please don't hurt me

I am an animal who says

I am not afraid of you

I am an animal who says…

Please, I don’t want to hurt you

I am a rainbow that shows my bright side

And my dark side

I am tutti fruity, fresh and fruity.