Hyperbolic Annoyance

TEAM Englewood – Week 6

As a way to comment on Black History Month, we were responding to June Jordan’s “Notes on the Peanut” – a satirical persona poem about George Washington Carver. I like it because it doesn’t seem to disparage Carver’s accomplishments, but rather comments on the WAY in which we discuss them. We tried to harness her expert hyperbole to comment on the things that bothered us.


Ms. Dube – 9th grade

5th period


“I’m Tired of Waking Up Early”

Jerale C.


I’m tired of waking up early

I’m tired of CPS

I’m tired of my teachers

I’m tired of irritating a** people

I feel like a fish without water

I feel like I just ran a marathon.

I’m tired of being lectured by people

about how smart I am

I’m tired of people not letting us

have fun at school

I’m tired of this new CPS

schedule – what happened to coming

to school at 9

going home at 2:45

I’m just tired.

“Sneak Disser”

Karriem W.


Sneak Disser?

Dat ain’t right!

When I hear you sneak dissing

we gone fight

you fufu sneak dissing

all day and night

sneak dissers

that’s dat sh*t I don’t like!



Robert G.



I love the first three letters

in the alphabet on my report card.

I hate the 4th and the 5th letters

in the alphabet on my report card.

I don’t have much to say,

So I’m going to wrap it up right here.

Ms. Dube – 9th grade

7th Period


“Green Bay Packers”

Damien C.


I hate Green Bay Packers like

getting pecked by 1 million woodpeckers.

Green Bay Packers

is like green boogers

hanging from a person nose

not trying to clean it. I hate

the Green Bay Packers since

the 1st century.


Terrell B.


I hate headaches

it makes me go lazy

it feels like somebody hit me

with a big baby.

When I’m out in the world,

I start to twirl

like I’m a real twisted squirrel.

When I have a headache

it feels like I’m in danger

“I Hate When I Want Something”

Tangier M.


I hate when I want something so bad

it feel like I have to wait

1000 year for it.

No, matter fact it feel like

I have to give up my life for it,

or maybe it feel

like I’m in a spelling bee

and I have to do 10,000 word

in three minutes. It feel like I have

to wait until hell freeze over. I just hate

the feeling of wanting something

beyond so bad.

Ms. Dube – 9th grade

8th Period




You are like the booger in my nose

it’s like I can’t get it out.

Like a fly

doesn’t stop

you always want the last word.

Tension towards each other

screaming, yelling, howling

it hurts my ears.




I’m done

and the booger is gone

and the fly has left.

“Loud Mouth People”

Ciaira J.


Loud mouth people

just make you want to dance,

they get all up in your face

and just be

loud loud loud. They make you

want to go to church

and listen to the loud screams. It’s

like their voice is about to come

out their mouth

and jump right by your ear

I hate loud mouths.


Sabrina Y.


Flexing, fronting

you move up front

just to put giggle bugs

on your friend’s tongue.

What’s funny?

The fact that a thousand lies

just came out of his mouth,

or the humorousness of reality?

Get it together! You’re a

weak muscle trying its best to

be strong, oh, but sorry, hunny,

you’re doing it all wrong.

You must let the truth fly

and the lies say


but you suck trying to be popular,

give it up, it’s not you,

you the weakest link trying to

thinky thinky of 100

flex moves

or lies that will roll

of your tongue.



“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.