“I Am Black”

After getting off to a rocky start for our 3rd and 4th sessions, 4th graders in Mr. Adenuga’s class began to open-up to poetry. This week I shared Kwame Alexander’s book, How to Write a Poem. We also looked at my poem, “Life is For Us and It Shines.” Later, we talked about comparisons. For inspiration we watched two videos: first of poet Nate Marshall at age 18 performing his poem, “Look;” and then Theresa the Songbird performing her poem “You So Black.” Students worked to contribute individual lines to create a group poem. Take note of their comparisons.

I Am Black

I am black and soft like a piece of velvet
I am black and beautiful
     like a violet or a lily or
     a poetry teacher

I am black like a dark night
or a piece of dark chocolate
     and just as sweet
     but sometimes sour, sometimes salty

Black Lives Matter
I am black and breathtaking like an Egyptian Queen



“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.