‘I’m a handkerchief holding us through life’s storms’: Metaphor Poems

Students read the poem, ‘Metaphors’ by Sylvia Plath, and then wrote their own metaphor-based poems.

“Metaphors” by Sylvia Plath

I’m a riddle in nine syllables,
An elephant, a ponderous house,
A melon strolling on two tendrils.
O red fruit, ivory, fine timbers!
This loaf’s big with its yeasty rising.
Money’s new-minted in this fat purse.
I’m a means, a stage, a cow in calf.
I’ve eaten a bag of green apples,
Boarded the train there’s no getting off.

Lesson Note:

  • When you communicate an idea with a metaphor, you light up people’s sensory and motor neurons.
  • You also activate emotions, prompt aha moments, and reward your audience with a sense of social interaction.
  • When you’re trying to persuade, you might first seek a good story, but you may do better to seek a metaphor.-Psychology Today, ‘Want to be Persuasive? Find a Metaphor’ by Bill Birchard, 2023

Ms. Wright, 7th Grade

My Values

Jiexe L.

Love is a rollercoaster, it has its ups and downs.

Leadership is a position, that I must keep up with.

Freedom is a gift, hoping to have and keep.

Family is a diamond in my vault, never letting it get stolen.

Honesty is a prize, for all that have it, gets to move on.

Life is a maze, you never knew when your going to finish but 

You always will get out one day or another. 

Ms. Wright, 8th Grade


By Taliyah L.

I’m  a blood bond

I’m  a group with a strong bond

I’m a handkerchief holding us through life’s storms

I’m a group of wonderful flowers 

I’m a nest where fledging land to sour.


by Isaac P.

Gliding on a surface, defying the laws of physics.

Friction is no more, A ball rolling on the ground .

Shoes with blades, a push of hope.

Control is key, balance and lean.

A sudden turn too fast to see.

A sudden stop, a rush of snow.



“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.