Dear Ocean

Posted October 26, 2011 & filed under Notebook.

Inspired by Charles Simic’s poem “Stone”

I want to go inside you,

Where I’d see dolphins and

Hear a whispering sound

Let someone else become

A rock or a mountain

I’m happy to be an ocean like you.

Inside you are colorful

Clownfish and jellyfish

Blue waves crashing

Deep down you are dark

And cold like taiga

I wonder how you feel

And what secrets you hide

By Yesenia, age 15


Posted January 24, 2011 & filed under Notebook.


My soul is like the ocean.

It’s deep.

I wish to wander in the sky.

My life has been sad for the past two years.


All water is blue

like my Mondays,

but I just need to believe

and love.

By Keyon, 7th grade

Texas Children’s Hospital

The Ocean is My Cousin

Posted September 10, 2010 & filed under Notebook.

I tell her, I am cold.
She splashes warm water on me.
I tell her, please make me handsome.
She gives me a crown of swordfish.
I tell her, I am hungry.
She gives me good fish to eat.
I tell her, I am tired.
She gives me a blanket of scales.
I tell her, I want to play.
She gives me turtle shells to throw in the sky.

By Christopher,  2nd Grade


El océano es mi mamá (The Ocean is My Mom)

Posted April 7, 2009 & filed under Poem of the Day.

El océano es mi mamá.
Le digo –dame de comer pez gato!-
Le digo –asústame!- y cuando estoy caminando
Me avienta unas olas que me lastiman y unos
Tiburoncitos chiquitos.
Le digo hazme guapo y me viste con conchas,
alga marinas, estrellas de mar, y perlas brillantes.
Mi mamá es el océano
Con la arena me abraza,
Con el agua me acaricia,
Y con el aire me da un beso.



The ocean is my mom.
I say to her, “Give me catfish to eat!”
I say, “Scare me”
And when I’m walking
She throws big waves and tiny sharks at
Me that hurt me.
I tell her, “Make me look handsome”
And she dresses me with sea shells,
Seaweeds, star fish, and shiny pearls.
My mom is the ocean,
With the sand she hugs me,
With the water she caresses me,
And with the air she kisses me.

By Fernando, 1st grade

This poem is featured as part of the 2009 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April. Click on the logo to the left to learn more.