Haiku Love Letters

Inspired by Cincinnati Poet Laureate Yalie Saweda Kamara’s “Haiku Love Letters for Gabby Douglas,” we thought about the density of haiku and how, in a series, they offer different angles on the same topic and are more powerful than they look. Enjoy the poems that we wrote about people (or animals!) we look up to!


Miss Davis
Eighth Grade
Yellow Group


My Little Fire
By Leah C. and Dahlila V.

A brave activist
forest green trees he adores
green like his eyes
Wishing it was me
little actor I adore
strumming his guitar
That millionaire
wildly known for his shows
get ready, action!


Miss Davis
Eighth Grade
Red Group


By Danny D. and Joaquin H.

Rito is so cool
he stole the moon with Shrink Ray
Rito is better
Dominates the court
the main character for real
the Rizzard of Oz


D’Angelo Russell
By Juan P. and Logan L. 

You have ice in veins
Never had a chance to prove
Always in my heart
After Nets D’lo
Everyone gave up on you
But now you are back
From team to team you
Always come close but not close
Enough, we need you
Come back home to us
Where you belong, fulfill your
Destiny, your home
Trae might be cold but
You in your prime cold as ice
Nets D’lo, come back


Miss Davis
Eighth Grade
Green Group


By Noemi S., Anneliss N., Elisa G., and Natalia M.

pt. 1
He smells like Fritos
chase his balls all day long
what the dog doin?

pt. 2
Always in his whip
you know he got that w/ rizz
he stays in the streets

pt. 3 – ft. Goldie
They said it’s on sight
Machete and Goldie fight
we record the fight

pt. 4
In the studio
Machete makes a big hit
Machete stays lit



“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.