A purple army inside a grape: Poetic Deconstruction @ ALS

This week the 4th Graders took a look at Someone Puts a Pineapple Together, by Wallace Stevens. We inspected an actual pineapple to try and figure out how Stevens got such wild images out of a fruit. Have you ever looked at cloud and seen something else in it? It’s just like that! And then I asked the students to get ready to write their own images, to tell us what they envisioned within a mystery object. I pulled it out of my bag and it was… a purple cabbage! Cut in half for optimal viewing, of course.

Ms. Lozada
4th Grade


A purple army inside a grape
The most deadliest tree
I see snakes


Leila S.

A rock is on the warm sand
A little tree grows from the ground

A crab is in the water
A half ball is flat on the floor

A half of the Earth
A big cupcake bun


Jonathan G.

Its thunder inside the purple cabbage
Its a maze inside the cabbage
Its a root inside its own cabbage

It’s a ghost stuck on a cabbage

Ms. Pease
4th Grade

Geovanny T.

A brain in your mind
thinking thoughts

A tree in a galaxy

A turtle moving slowly


The Amazing Cabbage
John D.

The cabbage looks like a rotten brain
The cabbage looks like a tree in fall

The cabbage helped Payton Manning
The cabbage stopped world hunger

The cabbage inspired kindness
The cabbage is awesome


The Purple Mohawk
Jacob C.

Purple brains floating in the air
out of the soul with people

I see purple crayons in the purple
brain looking like purple hair

I see a purple mow hawk
filled with purple leaves


Sergio P.

Brains, bones, spines
and it looks like a
pet hamster and a tree
it looks like fire


Purple Cabbage
Jose R.

A brain that is really purple from a zombie
A purple shell that is yucky

A purple turtle that is dead
An alien that has come to earth to eat us

A purple spider that is dead
A purple head that is dead

Ms. Afzal
4th Grade

Brian P.

Looks like a scorpion
I see like a human
It looks like a turtle
I see a brain


Jocelyn H.

I see a tree inside
I see


Jimmy R.

Its a house full of
windows, and a shelf, even
a leaf

Its a crab, a turtle.



“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.