Around the Table

This week, poets at Poe Middle School in Ms. Agboola’s class reflected on the many activities that happen at their kitchen/dining room tables. They also experimented with figurative language. Here’s what they created.


Ayden S.

6th grade


while the world crumbles

the rectangle is here

like an air balloon carrying me

carrying us

The anxieties of life and tomorrow drift away

like a leaf

drifting away in the breezy wind taking it from the tree

A rectangle

that’s it

yet so meaningful

day after day being here the city, no, the world is


all mine


At my Kitchen Table


6th g.

At my kitchen table

What can I say

We eat and

Watch TV every day


Never in the kitchen

the sprite is jumping

But if it did

My – that would be something


The food is good

and the shows are nice

I really like to eat

shrimp fried rice


The Stains of Life

Brayden B.

6th g.

At the kitchen table is a world of joy and sorrow

stains of love, joy and tears. The stains of life at the

kitchen table.

It is here where you can be free, free from your troubles, free

at last.

Life is your kitchen table, love life.

At This Table

Gabrielle B.

7th g.

Many unusual events happen at the kitchen table

only my mom sits at that table

It’s a nice rectangular shape

There are baking products, medicine an air

fryer and vitamins.

Many good things happen at the table

The world ends at the dinner table

Everyone is reunited at this table.

A Kitchen Table

Anthony P.

8th g.

A kitchen table has been at my house  since it’s been built

It’s gone through many revisions

small, big, circle, rectangle

I eat, I drink. I do everything, at the kitchen table

We’ve had fun conversations

We’ve had deep conversations

Others have thought the best ideas,

the worst ideas.

People have made the best inventions

and the worse inventions.

Most of it, all of it, is at a kitchen table.




“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.