Dear Alberto Rios,

My name is Michael, and I live in Harlingen, Texas. I am not the biggest fan of poetry, but as you read "Refugio's Hair," I felt like a child again, listening to a story of a captured memory. I was reluctant to complete this project at first, but hearing your poem changed my perspective of poetry. I have never wanted to be a writer, but the way you captured my attention is something I now wish to do to others. 

In "Refugio's Hair," I observed that the use of imagery is apparent. I can picture a young girl holding a baby while being dragged through trees. I could see her majestic hair flowing through the air and see each strand becoming tangled in the branches of the trees. Also, I noticed that your poems are often told from memories and as a story, with several being told from a child's point of view. For example, in "Madre Sofia," you wrote from your point of view as a child about a trip to a fortune teller with your mother. The way you implement these elements into your poems helps me to appreciate their beauty. 

"Refugio's Hair" allowed me to realize the power of words. Your diction and use of imagery create a beautiful story. One of the most significant quotes in the poem to me is, "The two of them hanging from her hair. The baby looked only at her and did not cry, so steady was her cradle." This quote reminds of the love I have felt from my family in times of need. I know I can always rely on them, the same way your grandmother protected Pirrín. 

I would like to thank you for participating in the Dear Poet project, for being able to respond to students who appreciate your work. You have inspired me to take pride in my writing, and you have changed what I thought of poetry. You have made it into something exciting, and I am greatly thankful. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Grade 8
Harlingen, TX

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