Close-up of a half burned cigarette laying in a groove on a white piece of plastic

This image was chosen because I felt like the cigarette was nasty and ugly because smoking harms us and nature. 

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!

“This is ugly, this is a disgrace,
this type of stuff can end the human race.

One of these can poison the wind that blows through the trees
not only affecting you but me.

These harm the environment and us too.
I will take a stand. Why won’t you?”

By: Uriel, 7th Grade

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

Subject: Detroit

Theme: General Place-Based Education

Type: Poetry