by Jaixia Ellis (age 13)

Thinking about how the elder
felt when I asked her all those personal questions.
Did she feel I was intruding?
Self-Portrait by Effie Quansah-George, age 9

Thinking how I felt reading
out loud to a bunch of strangers on camera.
Was I saying things the right way?

Thinking in the beginning
if this is a waste of time being here.
In the end I realized I thought wrong.

The old lady came from Grenada.
Some things she said about her early life
made me think of mine.
Her smile, the look in her eyes.
Do we have a connection?

Thinking about the old lady, how I felt.
I had learned something special.
That was an experience!


About the author

Jaixia Ellis, known as ‘Jai’, is thirteen years old and lives in England. She is of mixed heritage; her mother’s family are from Jamaica and her father is English. She is a member of the Writing, Acting and Publishing Project for Youngsters (WAPPY) and her hobbies and interests include writing, reading, singing, arts and crafts, and modelling. Jaixa is looking forward to writing her first novel one day. Her poem, ‘Fingers Crossed’ was published in 'The Soul of a Child', and her artwork was chosen for the front cover.

About the illustrator

Effie Quansah-George is nine years old and lives in England. Her mother is Ghanaian and her father is from Grenada. She has three older brothers and a niece who is two years old.  She enjoys Physical Education, English (especially reading and writing poetry), Science, Design and Technology, and ICT at school. Effie loves sports, dancing, fashion, and being part of the Writing, Acting and Publishing Project for Youngsters (WAPPY). In the future she would like to be a fashion designer. Her poem, 'Haiti' was published in 'The Soul of a Child' when she was seven.

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  1. So good to see the work of the next generation...both the writer and illustrator are very talented.



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