I Am Poems

This week we got started with a second session of afterschool workshops at Clissold and our group has grown to include a few kindergarteners and 1st graders. I was really excited to introduce our participants to Leslie Reese’s I Am Poem, which is always an enjoyable writing exercise. This week’s featured poet is 1st grader Bennet. Enjoy his poem!

I Am Cool

I am cool

I wonder if I am great

I hear my dog bark 

I see trees

I want toys. 

I am cool 

I pretend that I am big

I feel happy

I touch trees

I worry about trees dying

I cry when I am sad. 

I am cool 

I understand that people are sad

I am I am good

I dream I can fly

I hope that I can fly

I am cool 



“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.