Ode Poems

This week Ms. Murray’s 4th graders explored the ode, a popular poetic form used to celebrate a person, place, thing, or even an idea. We started off by talking a bit about Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet who wrote 225 odes in his lifetime, mostly about mundane everyday objects. We also chatted about the small items in our lives that we overlook until we really need them: like the TV remote, a sharpened pencil, or the car keys. After coming up with a list of items, students picked one and then got to work on their own odes. Enjoy this week’s amazing poems!


Angelou W. 

Books Books Books!

I misplace books

I read books

and I lose them

I buy them collect them

and read them

I love books, they are amazing

books are beautiful and

they entertain me. 

I love reading books

Even though I lose them

I like to read books. 

Books, books, books. 

An Ode to My Canelo


Named after the fighter, isn’t too far apart. 

His reddish brown hair is like a peppermint candy, 

with all its twists and twirls and swirls. 

He plays and jumps and spins

his curls just dance. 

It’s best when he’s calm because when he is, 

it’s like he turns into a sloth. 

But when he starts playing 

he quickly turns into a tiger, pouncing 

and play-hunting and biting. 

Jumping then taking a break to drink water, 

then straight back. His curls are always at work, 

swirling, curling, and bouncing as normal. 

I love him and he loves me (except I love him more) 

I love him to his bouncy curls, to his biting teeth 

and I love to know that he loves me. 



Squishmallow I wish I got 

a new of you every day

When I go to sleep it’s 

like you walk to the 

other side of the bed. When 

I’m scared I see you

and it’s like nothing is happening

I wish I had you every




“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.