La Boca

the mouth

Mi Boca

My mouth

I speak but I am hushed

Callate me dicen

No one should be allowed to speak 

 tienes poder

Lo tienes?

Do you have power?


tienes dinero

Lo tienes?

Do you have the money?


no soy un corrupto

no tengo el dinero ni el poder

Pero tengo mi voz.


I have that voice.

You can tell me to shut up

You can take away my rights

You can attack me



I won't hush down

I will speak

Con mi Voz

Our entire way of life we have been restricted and limited to what we can do and say

open minds

Habre las mentes de las gentes que han sido calladas

One shouldn’t be told how to think but taught the very aspects of how they have a voice, that they should apply it into real-world problems and their voices are the solutions
When one speaks up they can influence and when one influences they can motivate and change lives
usa tu voz

every race, ethnic group, color, and gender have a voice and should use it in order to go against those who wish to oppress us and restrict us from our rights

Use your voice

Habre tu boca no te quedes callado






This poem is about: 
My community
Our world



Hi guys! A little more about me and why I wrote this :)

Speech. A fundamental first amendment right. A right that reinforces all the other human rights, allowing our society to grow and expand. Enabling the expression of our opinions by having a direct interaction with others in order to deliver our message and bring about change to society. Over time I have learned to acquire the art of oratory. Through this form of public speaking, I’ve been able to utilize persuasion in order to convey my views. This enabled me to publicly present formal speeches and have a connection with people’s feelings to then display my beliefs. I’ve been given the opportunity to demonstrate my love for public speaking in various scenarios from youth empowerment speeches in the Rotary 4-way Test to the Optimist Speech. My passion for oratory grew over the years, alongside it my interest in law and politics expanded. Academically, I’ve devoted my time to learning about equal rights as I become vulnerable when I see many racial minorities going through adversities. Fighting for human rights has been something I’ve always aspired to. Due to this, I want to be the voice many don’t have and fight for their rights.


i love this


thank you !!


Hi Sarah,


Thank you for writing and sharing your work here on Power Poetry.

I read this poem with my 6th grade Spanish class on Friday and they are planning to recite it at our annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Junior. 

If you see this in time, is there anything else you might want your readers to know about you or this poem in particular? We want to be sure to honor you and your intentions in writing this powerful poem as we share it with our community. 

Again, thank you for sharing. 





Hi Ellie,
I appreciate the time you took to read this poem to your class. Knowing that students are hearing my poems is truly a blessing and from the bottom of my heart I am grateful, thank you.
As for the poem, it took me awhile to even now what to write about, but the genius who first brought up the whole concept of speaking up to me was my father. He is a brilliant, eloquent, and powerful-minded father, but unfortunately society views him as unfit because of his darker skin, his thick accent, and his short stature. My father is indigenous and has consistently faced unfair treatment; however, he hasn't let all the hate stop him from doing what he loves and one of those things is participating both in recititations and declamations. My father is the one who raised four children and taught them that by speaking up everyone can hear you, even those who wish to oppress you. Yes, my father is not a lawyer or a doctor, but he has inspired others and has become so important in many lives. My father himself says that the reason he was put on earth was to inspire generations and I believe he has because he has inspired me and my fight for equality. Speech is a powerful tool and one thing is for sure, YOUR VOICE IS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES IN OUR WORLD.
Thank you :)



Annette M Velasquez

Yes!!! Eloquent and so true. This is a superbly crafted poem, I like how you effectively blended Spanish and English... This sends such a strong message.

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