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May 19, 2011
These three poems written by patients were included in the Writers in the Schools (WITS ) annual Young Writers Reading at Discovery Green on May 1st. Bloom is a city wide anthology and we were honored to have three pieces selected for inclusion.
The WITS program at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers (TXCH) is sponsored by The Periwinkle Foundation as part of the TXCH Arts in Medicine Program.
I see the number one
on dogs tails,
on the letter I without a dot
in straw and grass.
I see it on license plates,
I see the letter one
– Sadie Many, age 8
Between the School
and the Park
I noticed the number 9
in green on
a white bus
bus is empty and drives away.
Kids run and kick a ball
under the crystal sky.
– Saul Rivera, age 11
I was alone. They abandoned me. They convinced me it wasn’t deep and I jumped.
I saw these kids jumping from a hanging vine into the water and one told me to jump in, but I was afraid. I couldn‘t swim. He made it look like he was on his feet in the water, but he was actually floating. So I jumped. The cost was me drowning. As soon as they saw, they ran. I began to panic. My father never taught me to swim. He tried, he launched me into a deep river, but all I could do was drown. I began to sink. I had to breath: I was taking in water.
I awoke on a rock, no one around me. To this day, the only explanation I could think of was that I was saved by the hand of God.
– Jose, age 14
The Periwinkle Foundation develops and provides programs that positively change the lives of children, young adults and families who are challenged by cancer and other life threatening illnesses and are cared for at Texas Children’s Hospital.
Each year more than 4,000 children are touched by Periwinkle programs Camp Periwinkle, Camp YOLO, Family Camp, the Long Term Survivor Program and the Arts & Creative Writing Program which culminates each year in a traveling exhibition of art by children touched by cancer and blood disorders. Through camping, recreational and arts programming, The Periwinkle Foundation provides opportunities for these special children and their families to heal emotionally, lead fuller lives and become stronger survivors. With the generous help of our friends and supporters in the community, The Periwinkle Foundation changes lives for life. Learn more at www.periwinklefoundation.org.
For more information about Writers in the Schools (WITS), visit witshouston.org