‘Everyone makes mistakes’: Potion Poems

Students read Truth Serum by Naomi Shihab Nye before penning their own special recipes and serums via poetry!

Lesson Note: “When you put something out there onto a piece of paper, what you’ve actually done is taken something out of your head and enabled you to look at yourself. And that takes you beyond feeling satisfied; it takes you into a kind of serenity. And it may not last, but as you do that moment of looking, there is a kind of peace that comes to you.”– Michael Rosen, ‘Creativity is…’ Podcast



Ms. Wright, 7th Grade

By Jiahui C.

Everyone makes mistakes,
take that, put it in the pot.
A page of homework you didn’t do,
take that, put it in the pot.
A toy you found from your childhood,
take that, put it in the pot.
A hint of regret from the past,
take that, put it in the pot.
Stir until you see the sunset, seems
Impossible doesn’t it? Too bad.
You’ve gone too far.
When the sun sets, pour the potion
in a cup. Drink it, nothing happened.
Take the potion, put it in the trash.
It’s impossible to change the past.

by Jaden C.

I had made a potion from the bottom all the way up from scratch; for my base, I use oil and hot water, then turn on the heat

Ms. Wright, 8th Grade

by Serena L.

Wind, air, and atoms are such a need to make these kinds of potions
Some optional ones are grass, sun, water, and mint leaves
I like to think that those are just the touches to what makes the potion
As long as there is wind, air, and atoms everything should be fine with the potion.
With the final touches being added to the bowl it starts to change color
It starts to boil even harder than normally till it becomes a thick mixture
That is when you know it’s done.
After being served in the glass container its left to sit on the table for a while
But once you turn back the dog has already consumed the potion.

Magic Potion
by Corinthus N.

I made it from scratch this potion was the best
Potion I’ve ever made it gives people the power to live forever
To make this potion I used leaves, acid, cars, and dust.



“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.