‘lilac color skies cover my glass roof’: Experimental Poems

Students made the old school paper game, called a ‘Cootie Catcher’ which is a form of origami used in children’s games. As you may recall, 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. ‘Cootie Catcher’ by Leila Chatti.

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’.

Ms. Romano, 7th Grade


by Antonio

When I wake up

I feel the joy in my


I feel golden


by Koi

Lilac. I love the color lilac

Joy. Being alone brings me joy.

Dream. I dream of you at night.

Golden Hour. A song on Youtube

The days and days and day

I go without you.

Mrs. Turner, 6th Grade

Milk White

by Barack

Milk white

storm joy

your hip in first light

a seam of light briefly

White Shadow

by Nalia

am I real. I don’t have a shadow

Ms. Romano, 7th Grade


by JB

Golden: Lilac

Shadow: Joy

Your hip in first light



through the window spring

Lilac Shadows

by Journey



of the moon knowing what it knows

Ms. Turner, 6th Grade


by Nehemiah



Your hip in first light

When the shadows come

I can’t see your

hip move but

when the light comes

I can see your hip moving in

the light

The Thoughts of Night

by Melinie

Lilac color skies cover my glass roof

I dream of how I changed over time as

shadows cover my floor it is a ghost of the future telling

me: You emerged from changed!

The ghost fades

I wake up

I am frantic

but it was all a dream



“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.