He is tiptoeing, he is sneaking… Carnival of the Animals!

This week I had to distinct pleasure of writing poems to music with the Darwin Elementary 2nd and 3rd Graders. As part of the Poetry Center’s Collaboration with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, our students are listening to movements from Carnival of the Animals and creating poems for the animals in the music. In these classes we worked on songs for Donkeys, Kangaroos, and… Pianists! Enjoy!

Ms. Robbins
2nd and 3rd Grade


He is tiptoeing
he is sneaking


Lashawn W.

This kangaroo is playing a piano
and it is wearing a blue suit.
It’s an old fashioned piano,
black and white and it is
a rectangular prism.


Jayden V.

If a donkey could
swim it would
say I want to
swim I’m going
to stay in the pool
all day.
You can’t
stay in the pool
all day.

Ms. Arango
2nd Grade

Kimberly H.

Dancing fish
fish playing
and wiggling


Jazlee S.

The fish are in
the school following
the teacher

The fish are dancing

The fish were playing
in the water

The fish were sleepy
in the water


Genevieve D.

In the water
they are dancing
the music stops
and the fish stop dancing
they put on the music
and it stops again
and all the fish fly
to the music


Ms. Vargas-Mendez
3rd Grade

Erickson R.

The kangaroo is jumping
slow and it was jumping
faster in my imagination.
He jumps high in the sky,
He jumps slow motion
in the jungle.

Maria S.

The kangaroo
was having
a contest
and he
was playing
the piano
he was
wearing a
suit and
the kangaroo
won the
contest and
he was
all around
the people
were like
what is
he doing

Piano Players
Ana E.

I imagine that I
am playing the piano
in an opera
I play the piano fast
and I play the piano slow
and all the animals
are playing instruments



“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.