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January 2017

Sponsor a Haiku

Feeling the winter blues? 826DC recommends a healthy dose of poetry to get you through it.

When you make a gift of $100 or more this January, we’ll commission a one-of-a-kind haiku as thanks for your generosity. By sponsoring a poem, you’ll be helping us provide individualized attention and critical writing support to students across the District. Not to mention any work by our students is guaranteed to brighten your day.

The poem below isn’t a haiku, but it is one of our favorites. Mostly because it really does make us want to dance.

Show your support for the voices of young writers by making a gift today on our website.

Let Your Mind Break Dance by Diamond Lewis

Shine bright
burn their eyes
Don’t be afraid
make yourself proud.

Open your wings fly
don’t capture your thoughts
let them play.

Be free.
Let your imagination shout
don’t stand by, stay on top
of the cloud.

Let the pen be your
key to all locked doors.
Let your mind break dance
on every single

The paper is the freedom
from all things
that enslave you.
Open your hands and let your words
take you.