Can Poetry Take Care of Us?

In Ms. Carteno’s class, we read “Red Brocade” by Naomi Shihab-Nye and discussed whether or not we thought a poem could take care of a person.  We wrote our own poems of welcome and care.


Class 2:

My Mom


I would take her out and just have me and her time.

We will sing Spanish songs together.

We will eat ice cream and just watch a movie together.

We will make cake together.

I will make sure I tell her I love her.

I will just be there for her.

I will make sure she is healthy and she is happy.


Babysitting Crazy Twins


I have to take good care

of these very,

annoying twins.

They jump like monkeys,

very smart monkeys,

They’re tall 9 year olds who hate vegetables,

giving them carrot soup or yellow tomatoes is hard,

and when I gave them the gifts they apologized

and said “we’re sorry and very much appreciate what you did for us.”

That’s when I felt I was taking good care and went to sleep.



“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.