Can Poetry Take Care of Us?

In Ms. Robinson-Sanchez’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. Most of us thought it could! We wrote our own poems of welcome and care.

My Best Friend


Hello! and welcome to my home

What would you like?

Food? Drinks? Oh you want soup?

What kind? Dinosaur soup? Ok I will

go make that right away! Here’s

some iced tea to keep you

waiting and here’s some Legos.

Goodbye! Come again sometime!


Unexpected Visit!


Hi, nice to see you! I wasn’t

expecting anyone but come in. Here’s a

blanket in case you’re cold. No, its

fine! Take it, I don’t mind. My house

is your house! Why don’t we watch

a movie? I don’t have anything to do

anyways, here’s the remote, wow! You have good

taste! I have a good idea! I can braid your

hair! Oh well, it was nice seeing you. Bye bye!


Brother’s Keeper

Luis S

I’ll cheer you up when you’re sad

We can play games and I’ll help

you pass a level

I’ll cheer you up when you’re sad. we can play

whenever you need me I’m here

I’m your big brother

You’re my little brother. We’re brothers

for life even after death.



“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.