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Public art program spotlights litter
Some of the city’s brightest young minds have contributed poems on litter awareness that will beautify business districts in San José beginning in March. The poems have been translated into artwork that will be affixed to 500 new public litter cans. The project, called “Litter-ature,” is the result of a collaboration between the City’s Environmental Services Department and Office of Cultural Affairs’ Public Art Program.

Working with Mighty Mike McGee, Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County, students submitted more than 300 poems promoting environmental protection. Carlos Perez, of ArtOrigin, turned the 10 winning poems into graphic art pieces. Students who submitted winning poems represent Del Mar High School, the Harker School, Downtown College Prep, Moreland Middle School, Miller School and Valley Christian High School.
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Check out the "Litter-ature" booklet to see all the finalists 

The winners
Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Transience
We barely look up at
The sky anymore.
Everything looked brighter before.

Do you recall
The kites, cresting the wind,
Weightless like memories?
-- Annabelle Perng, 12th Grade


Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background
All That's Left
I dreamt of a green meadow last night
Too bad it's no longer bright
I dreamt of a blue rushing river
Too bad it's a stream of litter
I dreamt of a beautiful mother nature
Too bad we didn't save her
-- Lauren Emo, 11th Grade

Harmless
He saw some more trash
This time he left it behind
It does not matter
Someone else can pick it up
Sadly, that's what they all thought
-- Lauren Emo, 11th Grade


Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Oh look! There's trash on the floor...
To pick it up would be such a chore
But think, wouldn't it be an encore?
To have a beautiful, clean Earth to adore!
-- Michelle Le, 11th Grade

Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Consider The Trash Can: A Haiku
I am so hungry,
I can see food on the ground,
But no one feeds me.
-- Roman Sanchez, 11th Grade


Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Please
Life came to me in a rush,
The gentle flush of morning sun,
The fading light before it's done-
The helpless wild of the world and forever-
Please, it begs,
Don't let this end.
-- Ishani Cheshire, 12th Grade

This
Shouldn't we, at least, save this?
This grand oak, arcing high above me?
This last unblemished Earth?
-- Ishani Cheshire, 12th Grade



Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Execution
Free flying eagle,
Strangled by discarded noose,
Of free flying plastic.
-- Sophia G., 10th Grade

Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Journey
Down, down these rivers
With my unwanted lost kin
If you don't want us
We'll make our homes in the seas
Maybe to meet you again
-- Aaron Veasna Mackenzie, 10th Grade
 
Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Summer is hotter
The rain has long disappeared
The animals weep
But don't have the power to
Change human behavior
-- Ethan Xie, 11th Grade

Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Triumphantly Transformed
Blank black blips of trash
Triumphantly transformed
To a green great grass.
-- Nathan Ohana, 10th Grade

Written Poem Over Abstract Environment Background Our World
How will the world look?
Covered in wrappers and scraps
How will the world feel?
As it dies beneath our trash
One small step could save us all.
-- Katherina Fenner, 10th Grade