Magic Potions

Last week was our first week at George Washington Elementary School! Miss Davis’s wonderful 8th graders discussed Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Truth Serum,” the impact of description/detail in poems, and dreamed up magic potions of our own. Here are a handful of poems from our writing time!

Miss Davis
8th Grade
Red Group


Weather Control
Logan L. 

One leaf from the ancient tree

The fumes of a deadly flower

A rock from the start of earth

The lightning from a storm

Fresh water from the bottom of the ocean

The breath of a dragon

That’s all you need to make

The clouds storm

The ocean rage with anger


Karla S.

We made it from a room full of light to a dark room without exit

Pinched glitter for sparkle

A drop of the star that shines above our heads

Are we good enough?

A pinch of insecurity so we don’t believe we are the king of the world

But not too much because we might drown in it


D.I.Y: Potion to Time Travel, Step by Step
Atticus V.

The first step in the procedure is to grind up a sundial real fine

Toss some dirt into the pot, nothing special

Stare into the night sky till a star fragment falls down

Don’t forget to grab it with tongs!

For this next step you’ll need to travel to parts of the solar system

A rock from each planet will allow us to move to the next step


The World Revolves
Billy G.

I make the world revolve.
So the world evolves.

Running all around.
With my feet on the ground.

Two strong legs.
Two sturdy legs.

With an owl’s sight.
I have the might.

Strawberry crush
gives me a rush.

I make the world revolve.
So it evolves.


Miss Davis
8th Grade
Green Group


IQ Potion
Abigail F. 

My first ingredient was the last 10 pages from a Go Math book.

They slowly dissolved into the water.

Then, I stirred in Mr. Burger’s voice,  he helps understand Go Math.

The next ingredient I added was Einstein’s brain.

It made the water fizz a little.


Potion of Speed
Ayanna Z.

We made it from a branch of a growing tree. A splash of sounds from trains around the world. Grasshopper legs my cat with bright orange eyes had caught. The scent of gas and oil fill the air. Once it is done there was a miscalculation, the potion ran away.


To Be Invisible
Kristen S.

To be invisible you need a few ingredients.

To be invisible you need drops of rain.

To be invisible you need the scent of lavender.

To be invisible you need petals from flowers near the river.

After putting your ingredients, slowly mix, and hope it works.

You see the potion disappear very quickly.

You panic, trying to save the drink.

Smelling the rain, and feeling relief.

You remember you don’t need a potion to be invisible.




“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.