‘Beautiful like a sea orchid’

On the second day of our 6th Grade poetry residency at Sayre Elementary, we compared stories about what we did over the weekend and what we noticed–in particular: the sounds, sights, smells, tastes, and touches. Then we read poems that focused on imagery and sensory details, and we talked about how we can do that with our own poems. After that, students wrote about what it was like for them when they did an activity they loved and tried to bring in as many sensory details as possible.

Mr. Smith’s Classroom


By Jazmin C.

I love playing soccer with my cousin.

We always play soccer in the backyard

Or alley, I always hear my brother

Make this particular sound when he hits

The ball… puh puh boom!

And I am a good goalie 

But sometimes I get scared

I’m going to get hit!!!

But I love to play

And I always hear

My brother and cousin talk

About soccer players

Like Cristiano Ronaldo.

Gravity Falls

By Azariah

Watching TV is like watching a magical

Scene. The light brightens in the sea

Of the place with gravity. Gravity falls

Is a place in Oregon that shines and is 

Beautiful like a sea orchid. In Gravity Falls,

You see, you can be in my heart as long

As you want to be. The sour, sweet taste 

You give me will never be changed and 

That’s a fact that will never age. 


By Malery D.

Something I love to do is paint things. 

A thing  enjoy about it is how it turns out,

The bright or dark colors you see 

on the thing you’ve painted.

The sound when the brush

moves along your painting. 

Sometimes, we accidentally touch the paint

With our hands, and you can feel the cold 

And wet paint. Painting makes me feel relaxed,

It’s a fun thing to do with others, or when you’re

Alone. And remember, DON’T DRINK THE WATER
WITH PAINT! It tastes horrible. 

Mr. Hollich’s Classroom

Fortnight Guy

By Alex

I can’t touch grass, I only 

play Fortnight, Fortnight

Is my life. I love it so much

I play it all day to win the 

Most games. I crank gas 

Until it gets too easy and

I play with my friends 

So we all have fun. All

I see is Fortnight. I feel 

My keyboard and I’m in

my zone and I taste the air

And smell the food. I love 

Fortnight and Fortnight 

Loves me too! 

On the Court

By Tamia D.

On the court is where I like to be

The feeling of happiness and focus

Flowing through the air

The smell of sweat shows out determination

And mouths dry from our hard work.

The balls bouncing up and down

On the court and our shoes squeaking

In low-key annoying, the wind rushing

In our faces as we’re running on the court.

Walking in a Beautiful Place

By Rahma

I like feeling like I’m in a beautiful place

And the air is cold when I smell it 

I feel like I’m eating ice cream, and 

The sun makes me feel like

I’m in a comfortable place, and the 

Smell is like flowers.



“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.