Feeling Like an Animal

For week twelve, our Burbank poets studied Francisco X. Alarcon’s “On Monday I Feel Like a Dragon / El lunes me siento como un dragón” in both English and Spanish. We analyzed how the poet compared how he feels on each day of the week to different animals: “Monday afternoon / I’m a wild porcupine / in real bad humor” was a favorite of the students. Then students composed poems where they chose a day of the week to write about in this same way. The results were marvelous! Thanks to Chasity Gunn for creating the lesson this week’s prompt is built off of.

by Liam R.

I love Friday
I feel so free
I also know its
the last day of
school I also can
watch tv shows late.
I feel like a wolf
because I feel free.
I would run freely and
do whatever I want to.
Be cool with my friends
and play with them.

On Every Friday
by Jesiah A.

I feel like a dog, monkey
and at last like a
seal because the dog
is active they are happy
and the monkey because
they are helpful and a
seal because I feel
sleepy and a bit lazy.

by Kathia C.

Todos los lunes
me levanto
con el sol en
la ventana

by Diego C.

I feel like a sloth on Friday
because I feel really
tired and sleepy.



“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.