Poetry Contest | Bayou Preservation Association

Posted April 13, 2016 & filed under Contest, News, Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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Middle and high school students from the surrounding Houston area are invited to participate in the 2016 Watershed Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Our Bayous, Our Pollution. Houston- area bayous and waterways lead to Galveston Bay in turn affecting the Gulf of Mexico and its Flower Garden Banks. Help raise awareness about our local watershed and bring attention to the importance of the health of our local waterways, bayous and our bay! We challenge you to research, explore, interpret and say something meaningful about the connections between human activity and the health of our bayous and ocean through art or shape poetry.

Download the complete contest details here >>

Happy writing!

If

Posted March 16, 2016 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

leaf-65835_1280If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on my tongue

so the words were always moving in my mouth

If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on the clouds

so that people would look up into the sky more

If I could write a poem anywhere it would be on a leaf

so my words would float off into the wind

By Crissy, 4th Grade

Love Poem for a Tree

Posted February 23, 2016 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

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Love Poem for a Tree

(Inspired by Pablo Neruda)

By Ms. Siegel’s Class

In the morning your branches wave in the wind.

My eyes hunt for your beauty–you’re something no one has ever noticed.

I cherish your gorgeous trunk that reaches to the clouds.

I adore your green leaves that sway in the sky.

Nothing will separate us, not a wall of stone or a strong hurricane.

Our love is fiercer than an army at war.

I will never leave behind your rough bark.

I will treasure you more than gold and emeralds and iPads.

In the evening when I walk by, you will smile at me, and I will hug you.

Young Authors Wanting to Publish

Posted December 17, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Student Writing.

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Winter break is a great time to revise and edit your creative work. If you want a wider audience, you might consider submitting your best work for publication. New Pages has a resource guide for young authors that include journals that publish youth and contests also. Check it out!

 

 

Pass Me a Napkin

Posted September 28, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

heart-742712_1280Hey, you hurt my feelings

Now I’ve got a mustard stain

on my heart

Well, pass me a napkin

Let’s wipe this clean and

start over again

By J. J., 4th Grade

Ode to an Egg

Posted September 23, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

eggs-918437_1280I adore you, egg

Oval perfection

Heavy in the hand, like gold

You shine like the moon

Inside, a secret

Yellow and white

You are fabulous, dear egg

By Winnie, 4th Grade

 

On the Other Side of the Earth

Posted August 19, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

football-390945_1280On the other side of the earth

do kids eat different foods

and play different games?

Do they take a bus to school?

Do they listen to rap music?

Are their parents strict like mine?

Do they ever go to bed hungry?

Do they ever hear gunshots?

It would be fun to go to the other

side of the earth and play soccer.

By Robert, 4th Grade

 

 

Hair Hair Everywhere

Posted August 12, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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I wear my hair in a braid so it

stays out of my way

My mom’s hair is black like the night

and it goes way down her back

 

My dad’s hair is short like beavers

cut it with their teeth

My brother’s hair sticks straight up

like knives

By Katrina, 3rd Grade

My Poem

Posted August 6, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

beach-323454_1280I want big muscles like my mom’s

She is so strong

I want a kind heart like my dad’s

He is so nice

By Stuart, 2nd Grade

Blue

Posted July 29, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

water-103817_1280Blue like shimmering water

Blue like my friend’s eyes

Blue like berries in summer

Blue like a robin’s egg

Blue like forever

By Mercy, 3rd Grade

Alive

Posted July 28, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

swim-811197_1280I feel alive when I am in the water

swimming strong like a fish

I feel alive when I play the piano

my fingers flying across the keys

I feel alive when I’m laughing

with my mom in the kitchen

I feel alive when I’m happy

doing what I love

By Jennifer, 4th Grade

The Long Way Home

Posted July 22, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

shoes-691278_1280Sometimes you take the long way home.

You mess up. You think you know it all.

You leave with your hands in fists.

Then you wake up alone. Not so sure.

And you want to go back. Home.

By Sh’nae, 10th Grade

Directions to My House

Posted July 20, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

trees-178659_1280Go past the big tree at the end of the street

Its trunk is as big as my little sister

Then walk past the house with the cat

who is always hiding in the bushes

Run past the house with the barking dog

because he is scary

Next turn at the fire hydrant and you’ll see

a yellow house with a white mailbox

It’s where I live and I love it

By Kaitlan, 3rd grade

Little Things

Posted July 16, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

water-534098_1280I overlook the little things

way, way too much

a tall glass of water

with ice cubes

on hot summer day.

By Jay, 8th Grade

I Am a Pair of Sandals

Posted July 8, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

sandalI am a pair of sandals.  I have beautiful stripes that are more colorful than a rainbow. I was happy this summer when a girl bought me. She wore me all summer long, and we had so much fun running and playing at the beach.Then, summer ended, and the girl had to go to school. Her school said, “No flip flops!” Now, I have to spend my whole day in a dark closet. I’m lonely! I hope summer comes again soon.

By Micaela, 2nd Grade

I Wish

Posted June 29, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

macallI wish that unicorns were real.

I wish I had a pet flamingo.

I wish my mom lived to be 100 years old.

I wish all the people had 100 shoes.

By Macall, Kindergarten

 

Summer Dreams

Posted June 24, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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In summer…

hair’s bleached lighter

skin tanned darker

days feel longer

driving in the car

on the sandy floor

the sun fades like old blue jeans

the rays, blinding

but soothing too

the sun sinks in the ocean

closing its eyes to dream–

to dream about a new tomorrow

By Kylie, 7th Grade

In the Summer

Posted June 22, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

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In the summer I eat more bananas

and go to the movies with my mom

In the summer I play with my cousins

and have sleepovers with friends

In the summer I go to fun camps

and meet kids from all over the city

In the summer I feel happy like

dancing after dinner

By Chelsea, 3rd Grade