New Word Poems

What is a word you love to say or that you identify with? If you could make up a word to describe a feeling you have what it be? This week our rockstar Clissold poets were so inspired by Jose Olivares’ poem “Hecky Naw”, that they created their own vibrant vocabulary of words they love, and some you only hear in Chicago.


Woo Wop Da Bam 

Brooke J. 

7th Grade


Put the boy in some slacks

The draws gone show

Look at the back 

diamonds gonna show

The big cross always gone show

In the alleyway 

the graffiti gone show

Oh yea, me and foe n’em 

finna woo wop da bam 

Loud and proud 

Not afraid of a crowd. 




Cheyenne O. 

8th Grade



You never heard

It’s new

It’s because there’s no word

The feeling is oddly familiar

“I’m so loved, I want to die”

“So loved, I could fly”

There must be a better word for love 

You’re phenoved by who you’re connected to 

You’ll find it in your bedroom, 

safe, comfortable, familiar, have a tone? 

You see, but you can’t, it’s the energy 

Physically, touch them, do it soon! 

It’s overly extraordinary,

it’s not forever

You can’t afford this many

phenove it worth more than a penny


I’m Onnat

Kai Ying B. 

8th Grade


I’m onnat,

you can catch me on the corner

cuz I’m always gone be onnat.

Girl catch me in my bonnet cuz on onnat.

I’m trifling, ratchet and ghetto 

cuz Im’ always onnat.

Call me,

Kiah, Rica, Nicah, and my cousin 

when you onnat.

I’m anywhere and everywhere you go 

cuz my name is onnat. 

If you won’t fight me you not onnat. 



Kurtis E. 

8th Grade


Plenty of places 

but I won’t stay long,

I just won’t stay still.

Too many places, too many tickets

my suitcase holds plenty

fast never slow,

I can give you 

the run around the world. 

Broken camera

never focus

Not the comfort of my home

I’m more free on the plane, expensive rollercoaster, 

From Costa Rica to 

the amazing U-S of A

horse back riding in Jamaica, 

But can never stay stable

Just oh so amazing. 



“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.