I Feel Like…

Nixon 4th and 5th grade after-school students wrote poems inspired by Francisco X. Alarcón’s “On Monday I Feel Like a Dragon/El lunes me siento como un dragón.” As a group we continued learning about and practicing similes and comparisons, and imagined transforming into different animals or creatures as a way of embodying our feelings. Here are some of the magical results, inspired by how our young Nixon Elementary poets felt this week:


On a Monday

Armani T.


Early on a Monday

I feel like a

crocodile, because

it carries its

babies around. An

other animal I

would be is a

bat because it

sleeps during the day

and wakes up in the

night like me.

Mondays for me is

me waking up my

brother. We get

ready brush our teeth

and have a great

day. They for me are

chill happy tired.


Yo Sentiendome Cama Un Tiburon Los Domingos

Esteban C.

Cuando despierte tendria ambre

y buscaria comida como su estuviero

en un desierto y no encontraria nada

estaria triste y estaria cansado y luego

botes como comida y llegaria mi

madre para darme comidad para dormir



The Puppy

Janila A.


Don’t tell the

kids about the

puppy for Christmas

: )

My grandma went

to Indiana to get

it. I am going to

name it Milo or Rocko.

I can’t decide which

name to pick.



Janila A.


Broccoli is like a tree but tastier.



“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.