“I’m Strong Like My Family”

Upon our return from spring break, Kozminski student poets discussed diversity, and how it can be found in people, geography, the natural world, colors, and languages. We read “Face It” by Janet S. Wong, which got us thinking about physical features,  behaviors, and personality traits that we share with members of our families, while also considering what makes us unique. Read on to see how some students turned such elements into poems.

Ms. Manning
4th Grade

Kaliyah K.

I am different from my family.
I like to read baby sitters club books but my sisters
like to stay on their phones.

The color of my eyes are cool.
My eyes look brown but in a bright light my eyes are hazel
My eyes are like my mom’s.

My voice is like my mom’s and dad’s
but mostly my dad’s.
I’m beautiful like my family
I’m brave like my big sister 
I love air nikes like my big sister
Like my little sister, I don’t care what people think.  
I am the whole world to my family
I have fashion like my mom.
I’m strong like my family.


Elijah Y.

My face, neck poppin, and my hand movements
come from my mom.
My attitude belongs to Chicago, Illinois where my mom is from
My height comes from California, with my short dad
But my flexibility comes from me.


This is me 
Cymir W.

My legs belongs to Miami, Florida
My catching skills come from Mississippi
Me and my brother’s skills belong to a village in Africa and
My face belong to a factory in Asia.




“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.