NESA Visual Arts Students' Work Featured on VIA Busses
Poetry on the Move is a partnership between BiblioTech and VIA. Six NESA student artists were selected to illustrate poems created by San Antonio poets. The illustrations and poems are featured on VIA buses.
Might makes right.
Ask Geronimo and Cochis
Manges Colorado and Seattle
Tecumseh and Sitting Bull
Fighting border terrorism
By Jim Wilson
Because Time is not a River
It's hard to draw what I think I remember
with the ink of distance.
Maybe the life I’ve lived has become unfashionable.
Everyone must already have televisions in their rooms.
No one carries water from the river in buckets anymore.
Everyone in their own empire.
Everyone remembering their childhood
through the eyes
of their children.
By Octavio Quintanilla, San Antonio Poet Laureate 2018-2019
My grandmother’s hands were
a whispering sandpaper
as she measured the hem
of a party dress above my knees.
I stood still as a pond, listened
to the crinkle of silver brocade
on pale blue satin, felt like
a smooth stone slipping into water.
By Mobi Warren
I really Love my pencil
It’s the best in the school.
Number one is overrated, number two is never hated.
Its eraser is pink,
It gets rid of mistakes…. I think.
Its body is yellow, it helps me say, “Hello.”
From top to bottom
It stands perfectly straight,
For years and years it has been used,
And it has never gone out of date.
By Ava Jimenez
Mount Sacred Heart School
Paper Cuts (excerpt of first 10 lines)
A paper cut is a little scratch
Yet from it
You still feel the wrath
The little paper
A mutilated scrap.
Remembering the time
When it was whole.
Part of a tree
Housing an oriole….
By Joseph Ramon
Memorial High School
Fenced between the collision of 2 rushing roads
and the old neighborhood where hanging baskets sway tipsy on sliding scale porches,
the community’s heart pulses green as grass beneath the stroller wheels,
bounces high and chill in pick-up hoop games,
mingles sweet with mesquite spiced smoke and confetti sprinkled trails,
floats wispy like mylar balloons anchored concrete safe to picnic tables at family celebrations,
keeps the beat of birthdays, basketball, and Big Red,
defines San Antonio as home.
By Jean Hackett