6 Poems for the Kindergarteners
by Tony Osumi


Kids of the World

Birds of the world
do you have enough to eat?

And fish of the world
is your water sweet?

Trees of the world
do you ever cry?

Rivers of the world
are you free to run by

Kids of the world
do you dream?
People of the world
do you dream?


Little Seed

Little seed, little seed.
What do you need?
Water please, water please.

Little Plant, little plant.
What do you need?
Sunshine please, sunshine please.

Little girl, little boy.
What do you need?
Water, sunshine and love please
and love please.



People of the World

People of the world
life is not a mystery.
We do the work
and we make the history.


I am the People

I am the People
and the People are me
I am the People
and the People are me
I won’t be free
until the People are free
So let’s work together
in harmony
This Gray City

One red radish
I made grow
now I can plant
and I can hoe

One green chile
From a seed
now I can water
and I can weed

One orange flower
I made bloom
now I can thin
to give it room

One vacant lot
Now treasured ground
things can change
just look around

Our gray city
We’ll beautify
our seed of change
will multiply
Cause our gray city
We’ll beautify

All Power to the Fish

Swimmy
black as a mussel shell
beautiful and brave.
Fish Power!

Met fish like his own
hidden in a cave.
Fish Power!

"Come out and play."
"We’re too scared," they’d say.
Fish Power!

So Swimmy thought.
And then he taught
Fish Power!

how they’d never get caught
if they swam as one.
having fun
chasing the big bad
tuna fish away.
Fish Power!


"3 for Kindergarteners" originally published in the Mixed Up Chapbook, isangmahal collective April 2000

Updated: 8/17/02

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