5th & 6th graders create imaginary places

For their 12th week of poetry Shoesmith 5 & 6th graders explored the idea of imaginary places. But first Students discussed places in reality that they love to visit such as The Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin, iFly, Jamaica, Atlanta, Six Flags, and Disney World.

Together we listened to the video of Janet S. Wong reading her poem “There Is a Place,” which comes from her poetry collection “Night Graden: Poems from the World of Dreams.” In her poem, Wong uses personification and repetition to describe a place that only exist inside her imagination. This special place that Wong describes is her sanctuary, allowing her the freedom to see and experience fantastical things.

There is a place where the

Museum houses thousands 

of paintings seen nowhere

else in the world.

The colors so bright they grab 

your eyes and hold you there



Inspired by Janet S. Wong, 5th & 6th graders wrote their own poems describing amazing places that may not exist but wish they could one day become a reality.


Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade
Group 1



by Shalom B.

Marshmallow buildings and I’m the boss.
You get to sit on cloud chairs from the sky.
Kind neighbors. No rent
We have a calming language.
Everyone does yoga.
They take out their anger out on flowers.
Not all flowers, no cloud flowers.
It rains spaghetti and ice chicken.
Clouds of cars and buses.


Candy Land
by Jalen L.

A place where clouds are cotton candy.
A place where the floors are ice cream.
Gingerbread house, peppermint people.
Jellybean cars, licorice roads.
The sun is made of Reece’s candy.
The moon is sweet like candy corn.
Trees smell like apple pie and leaves
spray sugar in your mouth


Mya’s World
by Kamaya J. 

There is a world where I’m the boss and everyone
listens to me.

There are flying cars that go to Outerspace.
The house and apartments are so tall they reach Outerspace.

There are creatures in my world that you’ve never seen before.
We have the best food and restaurants in Venus.
In my world you can press a button and get what you want to eat
It rains sauces.

In my world I live on the sun and watch everyone.

People can visit God to ask if they were being good.
In my world everything is possible.




Ms. Yassky’s 5th Grade
Group 2


by Emoni A.

It would rain cupcakes.
A castle of frosting.
Lollipops are alive.
Cotton Candy is a queen.
A river of gum.
Lunch is gumdrops at Candy School.
Sour Candies are mean, they don’t
like healthy food.


Word World
by Mason F.

A world where whatever you say his true.
Pets fly everywhere.
People walk on clouds.
Fish swim in Volcanos.
Birds made of gold.
Pencils never break.
Pictures can speak.
Factories of light.


Space Heaven Castle
by Nasir K.

In a cloud world,
there are games in space.
All the games you want
and never had.

People have superpowers:
flying, invisibility, and fire power.

Where you can get free money,
free stuff. It’s like heaven.

I can be famous like Neil Armstrong.
The smartest in space.


by Nasir R.

A place where everyone and everything is animated.
A where famous cartoon characters are: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck,  Road Runner Tasmanian Devil

A place where things change colors everywhere.
A place where future cars are.
A place where you can travel to the Cartoon World.
A place where you can have infinite.
A place where there are cartoon-verse characters.
A place where there are imaginary walls and bridges.


My Place Is Sleep
by Taylor R.

A place where books can talk.
A place where beds that can catch you in the sky.
A place where there is no school.
A place where a T.V. can sing.
A place where a coloring book can talk.
A place where a snack cart can talk to me.
A place where a poster can come to me.
A place where music can talk to me.


My Place
by Kyrie W.A.

Music can be played by animals.
Christmas is every day.
Games can be played in your head.
Everything living can be living for infinity.
Everything at a store is free.



Ms. Henry’s 6th grade
Group 1


Black Couch
By Jayla C. 

A place where I can go unconscious.
A place where my dreams come true.
A place where dark shadows have bright ideas.
A place where I feel as if I’m flying.


By Misa S. 

This is a place where money grows on trees.
It falls from the sky so high.
A place where money walks to people’s pockets.
Where dogs talk about money because they’re the bankers.
Buildings made out of marble and streets made out of gold.
Everybody drives a Rolls-Royce and Bugatti.
They’re competing while honking.



Ms. Henry’s 6th grade
Group 2


By Azaria A. 

A place where magical thins come to life.
Where characters are creative and colorful.
There is a place full of presents up in heaven.
Where the magic happens. Creating new things.
A place where books are planes, flying with words.
there is a place leading you to a dark dream.
Where your darkest nights happen.

A place where you DON’T WANT TO GO!


Dream Land
By Kaden F.

A place where dolphins come to life.
A place where flowers turn into lollipops
and come to life.

A place where Babo comes to life.
A place where Peter Pan comes to life.
A place where my uncle again come to life.

A place where my dreams come to life.
A place if gravity didn’t come to life.
I don’t have any time to be myself.


Cotton Candy Land
By Marilyn W. 

Animals can talk to you.
Purple, pink, and green trees.
Colorful Waterfalls.

Houses can talk to you and fly.
The ground is made of soft clouds.

The rain can be blue sunkiss and snow
can be cotton candy.

You can jump on mushrooms to get any
type of drink.

guns and sword of ultimate powers.


By Javier Y. 

A place that is floating.
A place with angels.
A place of infinite wishes.
A place made of clouds.
A place filled with happiness.
A place with tons of intelligence.
A place with goodness.
A place for the chosen.




“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.