The Detroit skyline with a bridge and the Huron River in front of it, view from the highway

This image was chosen because this picture looks like home to me. I was born and raised here, and it will always be my home. I was told growing up that “Home is where your heart is”, and I think my heart will always be in the city of Detroit.

This is a poem from a student inspired by how they connected to nature during a fieldtrip to test the water at the Detroit River, and Bloody Run Creek this school year. Enjoy!

“I move in small waves
it’s raining a little

coating the river with rain
birds enjoy eating fish deep within me

sometimes when it’s really hot out
the children come to play and build sandcastles
or float in my arms

I am mother to those who need me

I am home to those who know me

I am nurturing and protecting

I am deep

I am scary

I am home to beings a mere human won’t understand

humans fear what they can’t control”

By: Lenzia, 8th Grade

Teacher: Charlene Jones, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, Detroit

Subject: Detroit

Theme: General Place-Based Education

Type: Poetry