NYWC Ten Under 10: “Pretty” by Cindy Lei, Age 7

Welcome to NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series, featuring the poetry of members of our youth writing workshops under the age of 10.


By Cindy Lei, Age 7

I am from New York City
I am from brushes with daisies
I am from big white dumplings with things inside
I am from long pink dresses that I wear for dances.
I feel excited when I am wearing the pink dress.
I am from fudge
I am from congratulations and happy birthday.
I am from presents, medium-sized in a blue box with a pink ribbon.
I am from fresh air.

I am from quickly-spoken Chinese.
I am from the stories I write, stories with problems.
I am from little and big sisters.
I am from Chinatown where there are interesting signs
and English-speaking people can’t understand.

“Pretty” was contributed  in 2006 by Cindy Lei when she was seven years old and appears in If These Streets Could Talk: Fiction & Poetry from the NY Writers CoalitionYou’ll find this and other writing from our youth program in the NYWC Bookstore.

Many thanks to our Ten Under 10 Media Partners



NYWC’s Ten Under 10 Writing Series is a virtual event for 10 Days of NYWC.

Help NYWC raise as many $10 donations as possible October 22-31 during 10 Days of NYWC and compete to win some great prizes!  If we raise $10,000 or more during the 10 Days of NYWC, every dollar raised will be matched by an anonymous family foundation, so please help us exceed this goal to turn $10,000 into over $20,000! Every donation counts, and you can participate in a few ways.

  1. Join the $10 Challenge!
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  1. mary Blas says

    Love your poem. Cindy! I especially like the last stanza–I feel as though I am in Chinatown with you. Thanks for sharing your lovely poem with us.