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The Ballad of Summer 2019

I’ve traveled more in this past year
Than in all my years before.
So many songs, so many stories,
My heart: it still has room for more.

This is the year I left my job
And turned to do the work of the heart.
More time with my kids, more time with myself,
Still feels like I’m at the very start.

We had a lot of rain and flood.
Think and thank the earth.
Save the beautiful earth
For the next generation.

This year we found many friends.
My children started speaking English.
And visited many places
And studied many other subjects.

Oh, it is the month of June,
To celebrate, we cannot hide.
Rainbow flags are all around:
I wish you all a happy Pride.

Seeing kids that are caged
Really makes me feel enraged.

This Summer, we built a cottage.
We hope to find out soon
If it will be finished
By the next phase of the moon.

People sometimes move away,
And force us all to rearrange.
They’re on their way to Portland now:
Always ways to grow with change.

This year my first cousin was born.
Harriet was her name.
I started playing on a soccer team,
And watching lots of World Cup games.

In the past year
I learned so much.
I tried new things
And worked hard.

When I went to protest,
I saw teachers and allies doing their best
To fight for educational justice
Without rest.

This year my parents turned forty.
Yesterday my birthday came.
My brand new cousin was just born.
Harriet: that’s her name.

When the teachers went on strike,
I wanted to make things right
So all people can learn
To get along, and read and write.

When a bomb hit Sri Lanka
Oh, I was so surprised.
There are lots of friendly people.
It’s a place where I resided.

Morfar was a kind man.
He was never angry at me.
I loved him so much
And I miss him terribly.

On Tuesday,
I am going to turn 6.
I am going to have a lot of fun,
Playing with my friends.

Alexandros started preschool
In the fall last year.
He bakes and chops and draws and plays
And found some new friends there.

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