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.


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


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


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.










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.









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


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










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


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:


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.