Star Song

Posted October 10, 2014 & filed under Poem.

The sun rises in the

morning, and one star rises
in the night. It’s bright.

When it’s morning, the
star falls into the sea and
has a great trip
to the ocean. Every day it
travels to different
places and comes back in
the night.

I think you can hear the
star. It’s bright and
never stops singing.

By Yangle, age 10

I Cry Because

Posted October 9, 2014 & filed under Poem.

I cry because

happiness is a harder concept

to grasp than sorrow.

Sorrow greets me as an old friend,

fondly reminding me of my mistake.

We reminisce over a bottle

of melancholia and a plate of regret,

leaving me with yet another notch on my belt

of nights; And days I come to school

with blood-shot eyes and a quivering lip.

by Erick, 10th Grade

San Juan

Posted October 6, 2014 & filed under Poem.

It’s like a fortress.
In old San Juan
the conquistadors
used to be there.
There’s a port
with cruises.
You can smell
the sea. There are
a lot of shops
with vendors and
you can sometimes
see performers
with cockatoos
and parrots like
from Pirates
of the Caribbean,
blue and yellow.
And the cockatoo
is white with
a yellowish tip.
You also see
lots of stray dogs
and cats but not
too many. Some
places you can
feed the birds.
One time I held
out my hand
and a bunch
of pigeons came
and covered my
hands and head.
I’m glad they
didn’t poop.
And then there’s
the “morrow”
which is like
a giant field
with a fortress
by the sea.
At the morrow
you can fly kites
and do festivities.
Recently there was
a festival for cats
and dogs and there
were about sixty
animals. I couldn’t go
because I just got out
of the hospital.
There are many
old buildings, many
historical buildings.

by Victor, 11th grade

Falling

Posted September 23, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

I’m falling into this weather

like a leaf

I’m tumbling and floating

on air

It’s my favorite time of year

By Chelsea, 3rd Grade

Virgo Girl

Posted September 22, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

I’m a Virgo girl

a little self-centered and critical

picky about everything under the sun

annoyed by incompetence

skeptical about you, yes you

but you want me around

because I’m smart and practical

a storehouse of information

a powerhouse of energy

and yes, I can do it all,

on time and perfectly because

I’m a Virgo girl.

By Shelly, 7th grade

 

 

The Spider in My Heart

Posted September 16, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

Last night as I was sleeping,
I dreamed there was a spider
in my heart.
He was beautiful,
and he tickled me with his
eight tiny legs crawling up.
I felt so happy because
I finally had a brother.
He was red and blue
and smelled like honey.
He wove another heart,
deep, profound,
with his web.

by David, 3rd Grade

My Favorite Toy

Posted September 8, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

My favorite toy was a bird that could fly.
It was blue, red and yellow with a black beak
and its eyes were greenish blue.
Its feathers were soft and thin.
It looked real and could hatch eggs.
My parents gave it to me one Christmas.
It felt fluffy and could sing and talk.
I used to play with it all the time but then I lost it.
Some days I still look for it.
But where on earth has it gone?
I do not know,
maybe it was so real that it flew away.

by Emily, 3rd Grade

What I Saw this Morning

Posted September 2, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

I woke up,
and saw darkness.
When I got outside,
the sun was rising over the horizon.
My house,
the color of my skin.
The school’s fence,
as black as the dark sky.

by Jose, 5th Grade

Work

Posted September 1, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

I work hard all day until

my head hurts

and my fingers cramp

and my brain aches.

I work until I feel

like I’ve been hit

by a train but

there’s always

more work to do.

Man, I need a

vacation.

By Daniel, 4th grade

Welcome to the World, Baby

Posted August 28, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

My wish for you is to
Hear the noisy bumblebee buzzing
Feel the thickness of dough when making cherry pie
See the peace of nature
Smell the cinnamon pinewood on a holiday
Taste tart limes in tasty limeade

My wish for you is to
Learn to be yourself no matter what people say

My wish for you is to
Hear wind-chimes on a windy day
Feel softness of a special stuffed animal
See the strength of yourself
Smell the sweetness of desserts in a bakery
Taste the meat of a tasty coconut

My wish for you is to
Learn that you are you and nobody can change that

by Layla, 3rd Grade

Brand New Day

Posted August 25, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

It’s a brand new day

sun is up and so am I

hair in braids

shoes all tied

I’m ready to go

lunch is packed

backpack on

Mom’s been kissed

dog’s been hugged

butterflies are everywhere

It’s a brand new day

By Jordana, 4th grade

August Poetry and Essay Contests: Enter Today!

Posted August 21, 2014 & filed under Contest, Poem, Student Writing.

WITS Kid

Here is an announcement from Creative Communication, the headquarters for youth writing contests, about their SUMMER POETRY and ESSAY CONTESTS for students in grades K-12:

The purpose of our poetry and essay contest is to bring recognition to student writers. Winners share thousands in cash and prizes. In addition to the winning entries, other entries of high merit are accepted to be published in our hard-bound anthology. With the publication being regionally based, students are competing against their peers in both age and location. Within the guidelines of accepting less than 50% of the poems and essays that are entered in each contest, the contest is selective so that it is an honor to be accepted, yet not so exclusive that it is discouraging to enter. Unlike many other organizations who sponsor writing contests, there is no entry fee and no required purchase in order to become published. We take pride in the fact that our staff is comprised of teachers, professors and writers.

For each contest, the top ten entries in each grade division will receive a $25 check, special recognition in the book, and a free copy of the anthology that is created from the contest.

To find out more and to submit your work, click here. Good luck, Writers! The deadline is August 31st!

The Comparison of Hearts

Posted August 20, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

Her heart is like the most delicate tapestry

If you tear it, it takes months to fix it

His heart is like a boulder

A boulder may be large, but it is also cold

My heart is like a warm fireplace

It comforts those who the winds of despair and the snows of darkness have made cold

Look deep inside you and find out what your heart is

By Katie Giveon, 5th grade, Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart

Frozen

Posted August 19, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

From tears to frozen icicles

dripping in the summer

it goes moon to sun

then back to winter

all seasons mixed together

it makes a bitter taste

By Carrie, 2nd Grade

 

Zeus

Posted August 18, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

I’ve got a puppy named Zeus

who acts like a Greek god

When he’s hungry he

stares at us and demands

food delivered to his bowl

When he’s feeling frisky

he chases squirrels and

stirs up trouble with all

the animals in the neighborhood

I’ve got a puppy named Zeus

who acts like he’s king,

ruler of all, in charge of the universe

until he sees… our cat.

By Cooper, 4th grade

 

Hot Sauce Summer

Posted August 14, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

 

In the morning the sun comes up

we feel the heat creeping toward us

it’s hard to breathe

 

By afternoon we are baking like bricks

the sweat rolling down our faces

parched and dehydrated

 

At night we sleep with the covers off

the A/C works overtime

but we are on fire like hot sauce

 

By Jordan, 6th grade

I Don’t Write for a Good Grade

Posted & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

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I write to convince you to make a change

I write to amuse myself

I write to disturb the peace

I write to entertain the masses

I write to surprise you with new insights

I write to trigger the imagination

 

By Prieta, 7th grade

I’m Hiding

Posted August 8, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

I’m not hiding from the war in the temple,

not even in the desert with animals.

I’m nowhere to be found.

I’m not with the parakeet,

not with the fuzzy bears dancing.

I’m in the box with the

one beautiful cup.

 

by Carlos, 3rd Grade

What I See

Posted July 16, 2014 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

I see a reader
Lost in her books
Her dreams of fantasy come and go
You see a writer
Stubborn with her ideas
Pretending magic is real
We see a girl
Surrounded in words
Telling her story

by Katie, 1st grade

Storm

Posted July 14, 2014 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

Storm

You’re wondering if I’m nervous:
OK then, yes, I am nervous,
like dogs before their trip to the vet,
excited at first.
Then they realize what’s going on.

Am I nervous?
Naturally!
Like during a bad storm,
I am nervous.
The thunder and the wind
and somewhat the lightning.
It depends on the lightning.
Nervous.

If I’m nervous,
it must be the nervousness of getting poked
over and over again,
of waiting
for the constant blood draws.
My veins are so small.

My nerves pass
once the storm passes,
and the rain stops.
It’s all better.
Quiet.

by Halle, 5th Grade