A Purple Life: Deconstruction @ Moos Elementary

This week the 3rd 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. Freedman
3rd Grade

Purple Cabbage

A purple moon and a boy
in front of it

A purple sky with monsters
that are white
A giant purple eye
A burning tree
A purple light

A tree in October
A tree with leaves falling

Locked in a dark room
A person knocking on a door


All Different Things You Can Call A Purple Cabbage
Nathalie A.

A tree to the night
A purple brain of a zombie

A ghost in the night
A purple bone from the ground
A purple bush in the wind and its
blowing in the night

A purple fire place
A purple leaf all alone in the dark
A bouncy purple ball bouncing in the night


Purple Cabbage
Jackie G.S.

A purple case
A white tree with purple leaves

An eye in the middle
A purple squirt

A blue eye and a purple shirt
A pencil with purple hair

A purple tree fighting with a clock
A pencil clock


Ms. Sweeney
3rd Grade


A brain full of worms
A birch tree

A hill of bumps
Roots by the bottom

A pruple night
A purple life


The Mystery

A witch with fire
A tree with purple leaves

Big brain with a goose
A rolling Cheese

A hard rock with worms
A rolling tree with fire



A brain full of worms
A tree with purple flowers

A brain like a zombie
So ugly and so weird

Patrick’s house
Big purple brain

Like a rib cage


Ms. Brown
3rd Grade

Laroyae B.

A ghost
A tree
A pumpkin
A spider


Purple Cabbage
Kya E.

It is a purple tree with bones
It is a head with very curly hair

It is a turtle with a purple shell
It is a purple brain

It is a planet from outerspace
It is a cockroach a giant one

It is a purple cocoa puff with a bug in it
It is a ghost in a tree

It is a zebra with purple stripes



The purple cabbage is a brain
A tree in winter time



“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.