Cinco de Mayo


May 5, 2011 by WITS Editor

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that commemorates the Mexican army’s unexpected victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.  In Houston, the city with the third-largest Mexican population in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is a popular day for recognizing and appreciating Mexican heritage and culture.  In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here is a poem written by a 3rd grade WITS student at Travis Elementary:


Mexico sings like the birds in my world.

My house yawns when I tell it to awake.

The sunflowers play games with me.

The grass whispers to me about its life,

and I whisper back.

The sun beams when I need to cheer up.

The cactus talks while I listen, and

I talk while it listens.

I share my secrets with the sky, and

it promises not to tell.

The moon never sobs because I am

there to comfort it.

The wind dances and whips up my hair.

All of this happens because Mexico sings.

by Anna, age 9


8 thoughts on “Cinco de Mayo

  1. Shannon says:

    This poem almost makes you feel like your there! You can imagine the things happening.

  2. k rocha says:

    I think that what you wrote was really special to you. Hope you continue writing poems.

  3. V Moore says:

    This was a very peaceful and beautiful poem. I’ve never been to Mexico but just by reading your poem I can just imagine what it’s like. Keep it up girl!!

  4. A PELTON says:

    way to be a go getter

  5. Marlena says:

    That Was Such A Good Poem About Cinco De Mayo.

  6. Raven says:

    I like how she was inspire to talk about Cinco De Mayo in her poem.

  7. Sam Sloan says:

    this is really good… nice job!! very simple and down to earth… i like mexicooo!!!!

  8. C.Nicole says:

    I really like this poem. In a way it relaxes you.

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