Allusions: “Whenever I see a heart, crown, and a trident…”

This week we talked about allusion! We read a poem by Nikki Giovanni, brainstormed our own allusions, and then students used their own brainstorms to write a poem about allusion in whatever way they wanted! Many students followed Nikki Giovanni’s lead and wrote about music, but others wrote about TV shows, books, and other things. Have fun reading their incredible poems!

Mr. Hollich’s Classroom

Me and Myself

by Jacqueline

I love me myself and I

Sometimes I always can’t love myself

Cause other people don’t love me

So I change and change myself

My music changes my style changes

but my brain says

Don’t care what people say

Me is Me I can’t change myself

because if I change other people don’t

love me.

so always love me or don’t

I don’t care

Just know I never change me for you.

Purple, blue, and red

Malery D.

Are my favorite colors

not just cause they are pretty

They also represent three of my favorite characters

Whenever I see a heart, crown, and a trident

I think of them

When I see a H, M, and S

I think of them

Most people don’t know who they are

or where they come from.

But these three come from an album

that I love and adore.

Many people ask “Who’s the artist?”

His name is Chonny Jash

So when people ask me

“What’s your favorite color?”

I say …


by Emily S.

I love Music

Just how my cat Eleanor loves Ham.

Depeche Mode is a band I was raised with

I also love the things about me, the deaths

of my pets have affected me but I keep going.

Lilian is my favorite song.

Precious jewels weren’t found in schools.

Explains how good songs are hard to find in the ordinary.

Scream and Good Burger are some of my favorite movies.

Wisconsin is one of my favorite places and most nostalgic.

Knowing you can’t lose what you don’t have.

The Things I Could Do

by Gabriel D.

I could travel in time

Albert Einstein would help build the machine

But he sold my rank

So I binge-watched Lord of the Rings

and listened to the

entirety of Lord of the Rings

I could do all this.

Mr. Smith’s Classroom

Cartoon Mash Up

by Daqwan


Ed Ed and Eddy

Super Mario Bro’s

Phineas and Ferb

Ren and Stimpy

Hey Arnold


by Ariana

La musica me inspira

La series queue me gusto

me diviote jugar con

amigos es divertido las

cosas que me guston

son las que me ispiren



Music inspires me

The series I liked

I had fun playing with friends

The ones I like inspire me

The Rainbow

by Nayana

Sitting by the sea with the salty

breeze Lan Del Ray singing to me

Brings me to an orange place

with space. Sunset takes me

to a green place. Jungle breeze

has great mysteries.



“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.