At Table: Poems Inspired by US Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo.

As we continue distance learning, students at Taft Freshman Academy continue to generate beautiful poems! This week’s poems are inspired by Joy Harjo’s poem, Perhaps The World Ends Here.

Lesson Note: ‘In a time of crisis, poetry can help focus our fears and transform ‘noise into music’ … In effect, poetry “aims in every possible way to reaffirm the world that we actually inhabit, in all its vital, messy, beautiful, tragic reality. Mar 10, 2020, The Washington Post.

Ms. Taylor, 8th Grade
Period One

it stay like this
By Benjamin M.

We slice bread at this table,

We eat at this table,

We live around this table,

We communicate at this table,

We will stay around this table.

By David R.

We spill tears
At this table
We move mountains
At this table
We stand up
At this table
We don’t feel
At this table
We feel too much
At this table
We live and die
At this table
We are trapped

At This Table
By Mari K.

At this table, we have friends and family
At this table, we create things
We are together,
We make memories at this table
We spend time at this table
You are welcome at this table
You can be whoever you want at this table

Ms. Taylor, 9th Grade
Period Two

By Daniel Way

everything started in a kitchen parents making delicious food for all the family, and the kids having fun.

Gifts on the tree for all the kids, people laughing and crying. Everyone is laughing and smiling.

Everyone starts praying and starts eating, we thank everyone who made this food with a hug and a smile.

If it gets a little cold everyone gets hot chocolate or coffee, then we watch a movie to kill some time

Perhaps the world will end at the kitchen table, while we are laughing and crying, eating the last sweet bite.


at this table
By Elisabeth Chambers

We eat food at this table,
We talk to our family at this table
We pray at this table,
We celebrate birthdays at this table,
We laugh at this table,
We eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner at this table,
We made dinner at this table,
There is a fork spoon knife and plate and delicious food at this table,

At This table
By Mia K.

At this table, we say grace, eat, and communicate.
At this table, we argue, listen, and care for one another.
At this table, we make dinner together, have a combo of good and bad talks.
At this table, we talk about each other’s day, school, and jobs.
At this table, we watch TV and understand each other.
At this table, big event topics include school, family, and career.
At this table, small event topics include school, day, and work.
At this table we are family.

Perhaps The World Ends Here
By Nathan Walker

Perhaps the world ends

Perhaps it ends when one day I’m going to be practicing on a baseball diamond

Or it may end when we are all eating dinner with our family

It could end while you are talking with your family at the dinner table

Ms. Taylor, 8th Grade
Period Four

Irrelevant screams
By Eliana N.

We all needed to take a breath, screams filled the room at the table

Irreverent topics only popped up their heads at the table

One ends up leaving and right then two come running in as if on cue to the table

Juggling them to hold the madness only made then multiply by the table

Slipping out of my hands all over the floor making a mess for me to clean up once again under the table

Mopping up with the reasons and facts making it a little less messy still trying to clean under the table

The yelling stops and the mess poofs away leaving only crumbs behind under the table

Coming up to them sitting at the table nice and calm

A steady silence at the table

Not fully cleaned up but it’s manageable

They start working it out and even the crumbs are surprised

They leave as they are not needed anymore

We are peaceful at the table at last

At this table
By Kevin A.

At this table, I have had parties
I have stayed up late
I have been with friends

At this table, I have done work
I have had Ideas
I have made art.

At this table, I have played games.
I have had fun
I have made memories

By Michael R.

We complete our homework at this table.

We have conversations with each other at this table.

We share some of our ideas at this table.

We open and read some letters at this table.

We spend time with each other and other family members at this table.

We celebrate holidays like Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day at this table

We help each other make decisions at this table

Table of Memories
By Olivia N.

We speak about our daily adventures at this table
Words of encouragement and motivation have been shared at this table
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner have been served at this table

Tears have been spilled at this table
Good news and bad news has been given at this table
We gossip about what we’ve heard at this table

We act like a family at this table

Ms. Taylor, 8th Grade
Period Six

By Aramis R.

I use it
at this table

I need it
at this table

I’ve had it
at this table

I have fun
at this table

I use it daily
at this table

At this table
By Owen S.

Our dinner table
Where we talk and enjoy each others company
Where we pray and mourn our losses
Where we play games
Where we host Christmas parties
Where we host birthday parties
Where everyone is together

By Sloan B.

I make art at this table and express my creativity
I compete in online gaming tournaments at this table and socialize
I eat my favorite foods and drink my favorite drinks at this table
At this table, I research and do my work
At this table, I create spells and rituals for myself

Ms. Taylor, 9th Grade
Period Seven

Dinner With the Family
By: Lindsey P.

As we get the table ready
We make sure all our seats are gathered
My parakeets chirping in the background
Lets me know that they finished eating
And that we can start eating as well

Plates are stacked in the middle of the table
Cups on the table by every seat
As we sit we discussed ideas for my mothers birthday
That is right around the corner
We all start to pass the plates down to everybody
all start to reach for the food that my mom place in the middle
Everyone grabs something different





“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.