“I Remember,” by Julian Camba
January 31, 2020
A brown tree and its rough bark
a boar with big tusks shifting through leaves
my grandma strolling me through a park
Singapore, and how it had so many trees
When I wake up, when it’s still dark
The bitterness of sour candy
My grandma buying me sweets
my grandma’s room, it was dandy
my house and the streets
Singapore’s beach- its warm sand,
the waves come in and out
getting me so sandy.
Julian Camba wrote this poem while a 5th grader at Licton Springs K-8 School, with WITS Writer-in-Residence Sara Brickman. Performed at Seattle Arts & Lectures’ Journalism Series event with Adam Davidson at Benoroya Hall on January 22, 2020.