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

Freedom

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

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I am marching down the street.

It’s night, and I am singing with

people all around me.

It’s cold, but I don’t notice

because I am trying to find my

way to freedom. I am letting

my soul take flight like a bird.

My arms are linked to the sky.

Voices ring in my ears as we

sing our way to heaven.

By Maya, 4th Grade

Man in the Lake

Posted June 17, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

landscape-76835_1280You stand deep in the snow.

You walk in the circular path

around the cracked ice on the lake,

the water underneath like black quartz.

You look around the frozen tundra and see him,

a weeping man on the thin ice.

He sees you and runs.

You yell but it’s too late.

The world slows as the ice shatters

underfoot. He stumbles,

you see the fear in his blazing sea green eyes.

“Help,” they seem to say but it’s too late.

He plunges into the ice cold water

and I know in my heart it’s too late to stop it.

By Max, 9th Grade

Friends

Posted June 15, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Poem, Student Writing.

girls-462072_1280I am skipping and jumping rope

under the sun with my friend.

I tell her we will be friends forever.

If only we could go on top of the

world so we could feel the soft

floating clouds and be always happy.

 

By Reyna, 2nd Grade

When I Feel Powerful

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

Kids Writing Menil Watchful EyeWhen I feel powerful, I wear pink.

I write stories about girls who

run the world.

My heart feels like a drum,

but I won’t let anything stop me

when I feel powerful.

 

By Tria, 2nd Grade

Teen Writing Contest!

Posted June 10, 2015 & filed under Contest, Poem, Student Writing.

5439082_origGigantic Sequins is a literary arts journal. Check out their announcement below about a contest for teen poets:

GIGANTIC TEEN SEQUINS:
CALLING ALL TEENAGE POETS!

In celebration of young poets, Gigantic Sequins is seeking submissions of poems from teenage writers ages 14 through 19 for an online feature!

Interested? Submit 3-5 poems, no longer than 2 pages each, to teen.sequins@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is JULY 20th, and all those who submit will be notified about the status of their submission by JULY 27th!

When you submit, please do the following!

1. Include a cover letter in the body of the email, listing your age, your email address, the name of your school and city, and a brief biography (any personal information of your choosing, up to 100 words).
2. Include your poetry submission as a document attached to your email in a .doc or .docx format.

A single poem from each age group will be given a spotlight on the Gigantic Sequins blog. Even if your poem is not selected for a spotlight, you will be listed on our site and receive the distinction of honorable mention in celebration of your dedication to poetry!

Each age group will be judged individually by the poet Robby Auld an undergraduate student at Salem State University, and by the poet Sophie Klahr, Robby’s mentor and Gigantic Sequins’ creative contributing editor.

The Gigantic Teen Sequins feature will appear on our blog during August 2015 and be publicized on all of the Gigantic Sequins social media sites.

You can find us online on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and our home site! Questions from teachers or students may be directed to Sophie at sophie.klahr@gmail.com.

So Much Fun

Posted June 8, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

When my aunt comes to visit

we have SO MUCH FUN!

She brings us crazy string

and tells us stories.

She laughs when we jump

off the couch and snort

milk out of our noses!

My aunt knows how to

blast open a day.

Not even rain gets her

down. She is SO MUCH FUN!

By Josh, 3rd Grade

Clean Up, Clean Up, Everybody, Everywhere

Posted May 26, 2015 & filed under Notebook, Student Writing.

Sara Selber, PhotoMy grandma was a kindergarten teacher, and one of the songs she taught her class was, “Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere. Clean up, clean up, everybody do their share.” Whenever we went over to her house and made a big mess, she’d start singing this song.

 

My grandma made an impact on me because now whenever something bad happens in my community, I don’t just sit around. I get up and ask, “How can I pitch in?” because in the back of my head, I can hear grandma singing, “Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere.”

By Jolene, 11th Grade

 

Button Poems

Posted May 20, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

eternally_entwined

Long legs

strong as a

tree trunk

 

Long snake

hiding in a

dark hole

 

Long grass

in the dark

night

 

Roots like a

spider web

of fingers

 

By Carlos, 1st Grade

I Wonder

Posted May 6, 2015 & filed under Poem, Student Writing.

30439-astronaut-sketchI wonder what it would be like to live on the moon

and wear an astronaut suit to school

I wonder what it would be like if my parents still

lived together and we were a happy family

I wonder what it would be like to have a pet

dog that I could call my own

I wonder what it would be like if we only

saw the world in black and white

I wonder what it would be like if no one was

ever mean to me

By Tasha, 4th Grade

No Killing

Posted May 4, 2015 & filed under Student Writing.

FullSizeRender (9)Hurting is not the option. No bombs, guns, or gas. Only words matter and are the option. Talking may not always be the option, though…like the police, if they don’t surrender, they might have to use their weapons. We have to use [weapons] to hunt, fight enemies, and win wars. But we need that to survive. We know that killing is wrong, and there is a book and a TV show that shows that lesson. It is called Batman. Although Batman dodges and uses skill, he does use violence, but he still will not kill. He thought that we should not kill but only fight for a right. I thought of this because I was hurt and almost killed. I was at the hospital. My family was there with me. There were so many tools and gadgets. It smelled like a cake. It sounded like beeb. . .  beeb. . . beeb! My family said, “You will be alright.” I was shocked, and I felt scared. This is why I believe that people should not kill people but use skill or words.
By Xavier, 3rd grade

Change

Posted April 27, 2015 & filed under Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

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Sometimes I don’t like change

but then I remember how

leaves turn red and gold,

then fall of and then grow

back again bright green.

I remember change is part of the life

cycle and I’m okay with it.

 

By Justine, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Caprice Haddad, a 6th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Susan Calvin, 8th grade History Teacher The background music is “Hope For Tomorrow” by Seastock. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and KPFT 90.1.

 

Original post: January 12, 2015

 

When a Sheep Dreams

Posted April 23, 2015 & filed under Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

 

When sheep dream

They don’t look up at

the sky, but their heads

are filled with clouds

floating quietly

this way and that

 

By Alashia, 4th grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Arianna Vara, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Jerri Deleon, Assistant Principal. The background music is “J. S. Bach: Sheep May Safely Graze – BWV 208” by Kevin MacLeod. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and KPFT 90.1.

 

Original post: February 12, 2015

Tracking

Posted April 9, 2015 & filed under Poem, Poem of the Day, Student Writing.

 

 

I track the clouds

in the sky

as they fly

I track birds

in the trees

as they sing

I track ants

on the ground

where they crawl

I track my cat

on the fence

where he slinks

 

By Tricia, 2nd grade

 

Click the link above to listen to the poem read on KPFT radio by Alonna Johnson, an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School For the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston. Faculty is Rolethia McKelvey, piano teacher. The background music is Sidewalk Shade” by Kevin McCleod, Incompetech.com. Produced by Susan Phillips.

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Poem a Day is made possible in part by H-E-B Tournament of Champions, Copy.com, The City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, and KPFT 90.1.

 

Original post: January 26, 2015