TMI student's winning poem is on the move

A poem by Juliana Martinez, a junior at TMI Episcopal, was chosen to be displayed on VIA buses as part of the San Antonio transit system’s Poetry on the Move program.

Her poem, “A Lie That Daddy Told Me,” was submitted to VIA by the Young Pegasus Program sponsored by the San Antonio Public Library, which had published this poem and two others in the 2017 Young Pegasus Poetry Anthology.

Martinez was one of 20 poets – 10 adults and 10 students – whose poems were chosen to be illustrated by student artists and placed on several VIA buses. Hers was the only poem chosen to be printed on the city’s National Poetry Month Calendar, available in public spaces citywide and online at Her poem, illustrated by Bella Siptak of the SAY Si youth arts program, also will appear on an interior card on city buses.

tmi-julianamartinez.pngAlong with other Poetry on the Move winners, she was invited to read her poem at reception held March 29 at the VIA Metro Center.

At TMI, Juliana is one of two recipients for her class year of an Alkek Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition merit award for students with a record of outstanding achievement and leadership potential. As a member of the Texas Military Institute Corps of cadets, she has served as command sergeant major during the 2017-2018 school year, headed the committee for Corps service-learning projects and competed on a CyberPatriot cyber defense team. She is a member of the National Honor Society, was a Model UN delegate and contributes to the school’s literary magazine.


“A Lie That Daddy Told Me”
By Juliana Martinez

Feet pounding on unyielding earth
Breath comes in ragged bursts
Foot catching briefly on a rock
A most unpleasant lurch
Stop and sway
And clutch my head
I hurt so much I must be dead
I know you said it would be fun
But why did I agree to run?


Founded in 1893 by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, TMI Episcopal is a private, co-educational, college-preparatory school for grades 6-12, with optional military (JROTC) and boarding programs. For information, visit or call 210-698-7171.