Carnival of the Animals Featured Poems: Moos

In collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, on March 20 and 21, students from the Hands on Stanzas program participated in a presentation of Carnival of the Animals. This special concert designed for schools and families featured poems written by students to accompany the musical suite, Carnival of the Animals. These poems were narrated by CPS students during the concert.

We will be featuring submissions from each participating school, including these poems from 4th and 5th graders from Moos Elementary School. Their poems highlight a number of animals, inspired by the representative movements in Saint-Saëns’ piece. The CSO will also be posting these poems on their “Sounds & Stories” blog.


“Oh, Elephant!” by Lauryn Shields, grade 5

Oh, elephant, why did I take
you to the fair with me?

Oh, elephant, why did you
follow me to the bathroom?

Oh, elephant, why are you
so very heavy?

Oh, elephant, why did you
delay the concert?

Oh, elephant, why did I
take you to the fair with me?

“Aquarium” by James G., grade 5

Oh my, oh my, fish you
are dancing a lullaby
going side to side
jumping up and down
a very silly one giggles
another runs over the bed
and the other one is
Oh my, oh my, fish you
are dancing a lullaby

“Elephants!” by Deshawn K., grade 5

Are you sad?
Are you mad?

Are you playing piano?
Are you at a concert?

Are you in a suit and tie?
Do you have a big piano?

With large keys for your hands?
Are dinosaurs clapping for you?

“Happy Dancing Fish” by Mariah E., grade 5

Down under the sea
The happy dancing fish
came out to dance

They danced to
hip hop and R&B

They danced all night
at the party

They wore their normal clothes
but with high heels

They dance until dawn
When they go to sleep
Until it is night again

“Aquarium” by Jocelyn G., grade 4

One little fish was blue
with small wings and
the other was gold
with yellow wings.

The two fishes went
to tour the sights
of the ocean.

First they saw a family
of seahorses that were
shopping for the holiday.

The also saw a goldfish
swimming really fast
because she was
late for school.

“Aquarium” by Tyler E., grade 4

The fish in the huge tank
are swimming.

The small fish are looking
at colorful rocks.

The medium fish are playing.

The tiny fish are in a
group swimming.

The three little fish
are making friends.

The slow fish are
making bubbles.

The group of fish are laughing
because they are having fun.

The tiny fish are with their
family playing games with them.

The baby fish are
hatching from their eggs.

The family fish are
happy that the babies
are hatching.

The baby fish
have hatched!



“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.