Cold Ponds See No Ducks: A Haiku For Every Season at Darwin Elementary

The students and I had an extra long break due to the first vortex of 2015! In honor of how frozen we were that week, when we finally got back together we read a haiku for each season by the great and very funny poet, Issa. The students then wrote their own poems for each season.

We embraced the winter cold but we also fantasized about hopeful spring, and lazy summer, and crisp fall. If you’ve got the winter blues, I think we’ve got the fix below. Enjoy!


Ms. Robbins
2nd & 3rd Grade


Winter Poem

Snow blows across the block
The icy porch: you see no birds
Cold ponds see no ducks


Fall Poem
Adam L.

Brown and red leaves fall
Rake them up and make piles
Jump, jump, it’s fun


Fall Poem
Alexander B.

I like fall because I can
jump in the leaves
so I can eat the leaves


Fall Poem
Dominic D.

I jumped in
the leaves
it was fun


Ms. Vargas-Mendez
3rd Grade

Summer Poem
Christian D.

Summer is very hot
The mosquitoes are out
The kids are happy


Spring Poem
Juanmanuel L., Joseph S., Oscar D., & Ethan C.

Doing big cartwheels
Smelling flowers and grass at the park
Backflips and skateboards


Spring Poem
Jeremy P.

Having fun with mom
Playing with friends
Drawing and coloring



“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.