Ode to Me, New to You

Last week, Carver students tried their hands at a new type of poem: the ever-powerful ode. Students first heard a reading of “Ode to Cardi B” and my poem “Ode to Ursula.” After a lengthy discussion about who or what in our lives we feel most connected to, students wrote odes to those people they wanted to memorialize in writing. Check out a poem below:


Ode To My Mother 

by Lynn P.

To the mother that loved me dearly,

That left the nest before I could

fend for myself,

Think for myself,

So you left your son to fend for two

Too young to buy,

Too young to believe,

I will love you till the day I die,

But you loved me until it hit your system,

my greatest inspiration turned my greatest monster,




Who left two kids alone to live

with a stranger,

You couldn’t handle it,

So he did,

and he could,

So I cannot,


Hate you,

More than myself.



“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.