Ending with an Ars Poetica

As we prepare to wrap up the schoolyear at Waters, it felt fitting to end on the Ars Poetica. Ars Poeticas are poems about the craft of poetry – how it feels to write a poem, what poetry is, what poetry means to me, etc. We reflected on how students attitudes towards poetry have changed since the beginning of the year, then students wrote their own poignant poems. 

Ms. Smallwood’s 6th Grade Class

Speaking on the Page
by Yusuf S.

For me, writing a poem is like speaking on the page.
The silence of the blank paper is filled by the sound
of your words. The vast barren piece of white 
paper like an endless dry desert.
Your thoughts add life, all the letters like a 
tree making a forest
A poem to me is like an escape, someone to
listen to you as you tell them your endless thoughts
A poem is there to listen

by Aria M.

When i make a poem
I feel free.
capable of doing anything
expressing my inner thoughts
in a way I never could’ve imagined
I feel on top of the world
like I’m in a dream
and all my feelings
are being shown in such a
beautiful way.
like marbles spilling out
of a jar
I love the feeling of when you
finish a poem
and you feel so determined and accomplished
that’s why I love poems

Poem about Poems
by Ava J.

Writing a poem is like climbing
a volcano.
There’s always hard parts.
Writing a poem is creating words
that flow together like a stresm
It’s satisfying to hear and read.
Poems are confusing, hard and frustrating
They acquire a lot of thought.
Poems are warm, comforting and soft.
They make you feel connected to people.
Pouring your thoughts and feelings into a 
Makes it a poem

Ms. Hooper’s 6th Grade Class

by Adalee H.

Writing a poem is hard
Writing a poem is easy
Writing a poem is smooth
Writing a poem is bumpy
Writing a poem us fun
Writing a poem is boring
Writing a poem is sad
Writing a poem is happy
Writing a poem is Me 

by Luke V.

It’s like a room with
one door
it could be
it could be

sometimes it’s easy
Sometimes it’s hard
like getting up in the morning

You won’t like all of them
What matters is
you enjoy it

Mi Poema

by Enyer P.

Por ti appredi a omar la lluvia
las dias grises el frio en la
piel la tieza del sol
en la tarde y el sabor del
amor verdadero

Mr. D’s 6th Grade Class

How to write a poem
by Ronan H.C.

Lead spreads across the paper
the pencil tip breaks under the pressure
of thinking
similes and metaphors fall together like
if you’re playing tetris.
Your memories fall on to the paper in word form.
like the clicking of puzzle pieces the writing is complete.
You drop your pencil and let the poem settle.

Poems are…
by Izzy G.

Poems are joy
poems are tears
poems are feelings
poems are me.
poems are like Hamilton songs
fast, quick, and amazing.
yay poetry

by Alex L.

this is a poem
full of emotions
with stories of life
with many words in
inspiring speeches 
connects to feeling
and healing and more
the pleasure of thinking
making a part if 
you just you
no one else is
bothering you
you are you



“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.