“Making Comparisons Makes Us See in New Ways”

After our first classes together in which we wrote “Wish Poems” and “Sound Poems,” I asked my Poetry Friends at Swift Elementary School what kinds of poems they thought would be next? Their voices sounded like colorful music in the air: “poems about smells!” someone suggested. “how about wish poems with sounds in them?” was another idea.  These ideas were good ones and I felt a teeny bit sad to tell them no, instead, we were going to try something really challenging!  A few worried looks crossed some faces.  “Today we’re going to write “Comparison Poems.” I said.  “Does anyone know what it means to compare things?” It impressed me when they said that they compare numbers in math. I shared that to compare is to notice how two different things are the same, and then we worked together to make our brains warm up to this idea.  Even though it was challenging, I assured the students that making comparisons is one of those things that they can get better at doing over time! As you read these comparisons, notice that each LINE has “is like” in the middle.

Ms. Popovic
2nd Grade

Khaliani M.
My mom is like a gift


Samantha F.
The sky is like a blue lunchbox
A book is like a storyteller


Sardor P.
The air is like an invisible wall


Mia O.
My feet are like the roots of a tree


Yaretzi G. summed-up answers that some students gave when I asked the question “How are you like a tree?” by writing:

Trees are like me standing up
The branches are my arms
The leaves are like my hair


Ms. Amato
2nd Grade

Agnes L.
Oliver’s hair is like a hot summer day


Jackie P.
A leg is like a pencil


Michelle A.
A small tree is like a small kid


Apnasa C.
A cloud is like a dolphin


Prasanna B.
Homework is like a job


Jade B.
Talking is like birds chirping
A letter is like a number


Arina B.
The sun is like Ms. Amato’s hair


Oliver B.
A window is like a mirror
A book is like a computer
A school is like a jail
A lamp is like the sun


Lacey V.
A violin is like the soft crashing waves
The sun is like a yellow firework that stays in the air
A pink eraser is like your brain
A chicken is like a fluffy yellow ball
Popcorn is like a cloud
A horse is like a unicorn
A flower is like buns in your hair
A blue scarf is like the shore of blue waves
A leaf is like the palm of your hand
A green nail is like the sharp grass
A blue bin is like a pond full of water
A sail on a boat is like a triangle










“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.