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In commemoration of National Poetry Month, 12-year-old poet Lorenzo Arce talks about expressing his feelings through poetry, and how his dad inspires him.


Finally, we continue with our celebration of National Poetry Month, which we've been observing by bringing you the voices of a diverse variety of poets.

Today, our youngest poet yet. His name is Lorenzo Arce. Lorenzo is 12 years-old and he attends Percy Julian Middle School in a Chicago suburb of Oak Park, Illinois.

Mr. LORENZO ARCE (Poet): The poem is called "If I Were Invisible." It was a project I had to do in class. Since a lot of children don't really express their feelings too much, I just thought it would be a great way to let it out, all my feelings that I've been bottling up.

(Reading) If I could go invisible, I would when I cry. I would when I got embarrassed, I would when I got scared and I would when I lost courage. But this, I know for sure, I will never hide from you. So when you are down and crying, I will be there at your side and I would never have a reason to ever want to hide.

I was thinking a lot about my dad. He was a lot of an inspiration. He's never embarrassed to let out his feelings, so I got a lot of inspiration from that.

MARTIN: Lorenzo Arce is our poet from Percy Julian Middle School in Oak Park, Illinois. He is 12 years-old. Lorenzo's role model, dad, is Kevin Connelly(ph) Arce.

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If I Were Invisble

By Lorenzo Arce

If I could go invisible

I would when I cried

I would when I got embarrassed

I would when I got scared

And I would when I lost courage

But this is for sure

I would never hide from you

So when you're down and crying

I will be there at your side

And I would never have a reason to ever want to hide

Copyright 2009 by Lorenzo Arce. All rights reserved



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