If I were an animal (5th)

We read Ada Limon’s “How to Triumph like a Girl” in Ms. Shah’s class today. We watched her read it and discussed how the details helped us see that the speaker wanted to view herself and strong and powerful like the racehorses. The students had beautiful insights about the way the poem was a way of subverting stereotypes–how by imagining herself as a female racehorse she was challenging the way some people might think about girls.




I’m a parrot flying free

in the trees

in the wind

I feel juicy

fruits in my mouth

pleasing me

talking day and night

as I wish

warm and cozy

as a blanket

in my home

safe and sound like

a home. If I wish

I will fly free

to the world

discovering lands

places everywhere

I may or may not

come back home

but if I do

hello and if no, sorry

dear owner.




I like the cats best,

how they are so chill and

calm, yet quite active

I like their sharp claws, sharp like

knives, how they can threaten you with them.

It’s like when I scratch my

brother for being annoying.

But I love their soft, cuddly,

fur warm as a blanket.

I love all the cat colors.

But most people don’t, black

cats are considered unlucky

and a bad apple in the basket.

But anyways, I relate to how some

cats get startled and hide when

they hear loud noises

like thunder.



“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.