I hear my voice ringing out loud…

This week for poetry club at Clissold we focused on writing poems about ourselves. We read Leslie Reese’s poem I Am and talked about stanzas and lines and how to use them in our poems. We also talked about how important it is to speak kindly to ourselves and others, and how the words that we say to ourselves can become what we believe about ourselves. So I encouraged our students to embrace themselves and pick a couple of things to celebrate about themselves while writing their poems. Enjoy this week’s poet! 

Music of the Earth

Lumen K.

1st Grade

I am white and cheerful 

I wonder what to say

I hear my voice ringing out loud

I see the pretty sky

I want to be better

I am white and cheerful 

I pretend I am a bird. 

I feel like I am flying. 

I touch my dog. 

I worry I’m not good enough when things get tough

I cry after a bad dream 

I am white and cheerful

I understand that I am good

I say it to the crowd and know it in my heart

I dream of a better place

I try to feel better and hold my head high

I hope I am good enough

I am white and cheerful



“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.