Haikus in Motion

The poets from Waters Elementary learned and wrote an ancient form of Japanese poetry called Haikus which follow a specific structure of three lines, with the first and last lines consisting of 5 syllables each and the second line of 7 syllables. But! There was a second part to this lesson. The poets then had to choregraph movements to each of the lines. The purpose was to understand how poetry can be visual as well as written. Some of the poets worked in groups. Unfortunately, we could not show you the choregraphed movements, but we do have the poems. Please enjoy!


Charlie M.

The sand shifts in peace

I calmly touch my feet down

The still wind was cold


Gianna L.

The rain clouds are gray

When it rains outside it turns

the blue sky gloomy


Gabriela T.

Seven hours a day

Constant learning and working

Five long days a week


Thomas, Lexie, Abbie 

Cool breeze passes by

Moon lights up the midnight sky

Waves slide up the shore


Callie and Andrea

It seemed far away

A new beginning is here

Starting a new life


Ethan G.

Summertime is here

The beach is packed with people

Sunny all day long


Caden S.

Fire brings destruction

Fire embers, destroy, destruct

But brings warmth and light.


Dina and Julia

Crash boom went the rain

Leonardo winced in pain

Then took his last breath

James R.

Green leaves have emerged

Flowers bud from the soft earth

Birds chirp once again


Kaya and Bodhi

Motionless, unseen

Hidden under the water

Drowned in the river


Ameer E.

My name is Jonas

I am the president of

The United States


Sofia A.

The God of mischief

Holder of the stone of time

Adopted Brother


Adrian C.

It’s everyday bro

With that Disney channel flow

Five mil on youtube



Once upon a time

A little girl was murdered

No one ever cried


Aedan D.

I love sandwiches

Peanut butter and jelly

They are very good



“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.