Here’s What I’ve Got: Love Poems (8th)

For our belated Valentine’s Day class, we read Matthew Olzmann’s “Mountain Dew Commercial Disguised as a Love Poem.” We drew pictures of people we love and tried to think about as many specific and strange details about them, just like Olzmann does in his poem. We turned those pictures into list poems about someone we love.

Always There


You are always there for me no matter what

has happened, such as being there for me when

I was sad about losing my volleyball game. You were

there to make me smile. Your jokes are always

funny, messing around with me and always

try to make each moment the best. The food

that you cook smells and tastes always good.

The love and effort that you put into your

cooking shows all the love that you put it.

Making Chinese food shows that you care

and love me when you make it. You come to

all my events knowing how much it means

to me. I am sp proud to call you my mom.

You are always there for me

no matter what.

Zuha, My BFF


Your contagious laughter,

and your beautiful smile.

The things I will never forget about.

The football to my volleyball.

The blue to my purple.

The only one who truly cared

who was there whatever the cause.

The one whom I played shooting

games with and shared interests with.

The one I have known since 2nd grade.

After all of this time,

through the harsh obstacles we face

we continue to be friends.

After that moment in 3rd grade

when I asked you to be my BFF.



“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.