‘In the lilac field it started’: Experimental Forms of Poetry

Students made the old-school paper in-class pass time called a ‘Cootie Catcher,’ which is a form of origami used in children’s games. Parts of the catcher are labeled with words that serve as options for a player to choose from, and on the inside are eight flaps, each concealing a message. To create these poems, the students opened each flap and considered and then chose options to write on their page to make this poem.

Lesson Note: Games are fantastic for learning at any age but are particularly important for young learners. Research has shown that games are essential for healthy development in early childhood and beyond. -Cambridge University English Language Assessment, Article: ‘Why Games Are Important’. Psychology Today, 2023.

Ms. Wright, 7th Grade

Two Poems

by Eric C.


  1. Storm
  2. A seam of light briefly
  3. A moon knowing what it knows
  4. Vanishes the trees


  1. Hour
  2. Vanishes the trees
  3. Joy
  4. Your hip in first light 

Blue-black Night

By Jiahui C.

In the Blue-black night,

I had a dream, a dream 

where I emerged from 

change. I didn’t want it

to end. The sadness in 

my face slowly creeped 

as the dream ended.

I wanted it to last for

days and days and days,

but in the end, I’ll always

see it as a dream where

I’ll never reach.

In the lilac field it started

to storm, after the Blue-black

storm, I see a seam of light,

maybe it was a sign, a sign

where I would reach my dream, 

but the sadness consumes me.

Maybe in another life I’ll 

get what I want, maybe in 

another life, I’ll get what 

I deserve.


by Grant R.

Golden, wave, Hour, storm, a seam of life briefly, Of the moon knowing what it knows, Your hip in first light

Ms. Wright, 8th Grade


A Poem with Origami

By: Brooklyn G.



Dream you emerge from, changed




And Days



Rena L.

Vanishes the trees,

You emerge from, changed

Days and days and days,

Through the window, spring,

A seam of light, briefly,

Shatters into diamonds,

Of the moon knowing,

What it knows



“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.