Odes from the Heart

For our 8th sessions, 4th and 5th grade students at Kozminski discussed the difference between biography and autobiography; and learned about odes, a poetry form that celebrates and shows respect for the worth of a person or thing. We read and discussed Peter A.’s “Ode to My Size” from Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets, and then students wrote their own odes.

Ms. Manning
4th Grade

being a Brother
by Abobakar N.

I am in the middle
of my brothers and sisters 
I like being in the middle
Because I can go with my younger brother to the park
So I can have fun with my brother 
And not be scared when we go to the park
in the evening.


Ode my height 
by Cymir W.

I’m in 4th grade
and I’m taller
than half of the 
people in 6th
and 7th.  You
might think: wow
that’s amazing, but
some people
say rude jokes
like: did you 
fail a grade?
I wish I was 
But I don’t
care because I don’t
care about the negative. 
I’m proud to be tall.
You can reach stuff that’s
really high and in some
sports being tall
is a real advantage
And I am proud to 
Be myself and
I stay true to that
For the rest of my life.

5th Grade

by Jada L. 

Dogs are so cute
sweet and kind they make
me happy as if I can fly.
I wish I could play with dogs
they make me so

what a shame
it so sad
I don’t have a dog. 
But if I ever have a dog 
my dog
she/he would be called
like tiny-looking cookies
sweet and funny.
I’d take care
Of it like I would with a baby.



About Me
by Dara O.

I am strong, I am smart
I am athletic
I play video games
And sports like basketball, football,
and soccer 
I have good grades 
I also watch anime like
Dragon Ball Z, and Naruto.

Ode to art
by Goodness A.

I love art, I love it from the bottom of 
my heart. 
It makes me smile when
I’m mad or when I’m sad

I love art, I never look stressed 
when I’m dressed.
I dress myself 
colorful so I can express
my feelings.

I am calm when I paint and when 
the paint brush is in my palm
I can paint with anyone or anything 
family, friends, siblings, cousins, 
classmates, teachers, and guests. 

I walk in art
I talk in art and 
I love it from the bottom 
of my heart.

Ode to My Shoes 
by Major B.

I am a lover about shoes
they are cool
I also have a cool collection of shoes

They protect me from dirt, wind, and other things
They also have a cool color theme like yellow, and white

My shoes are determined by numbers like 4’s 5’s or Jordan 1’s
It feels good to know that I wear nice clothes and shoes
I like the designs on the clothes. 

Some of my favorite designers are Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, and many more.
My clothes protect me from the coldness or the wind
so I don’t freeze to death

Some shoes and clothes make me feel confident
some make me feel excited 
and some make me happy
as long as I am happy  
what I wear wouldn’t matter.







“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.