Poetry is meant to be recited. Recited poetry has its own cadence, one that is a little different from spoken English. These two children recite poems that each, in their own way, speak to the central issues in their lives. Note the musical cadence. The poem by the Mikaela Miller speaks to her growing sense of self-identity — it is a coming of age poem. The poem by Brandon Sanders also speaks to the struggles of growing up, in this case, a growing awareness of the difference between his inner happiness and how he projects himself to the world.