Oh, This Ode Thing?

Last week was a journey with my favorite poetic form: odes. Students began the day with check-ins before we watched and read some poetry together. First we read “Ode To People Who Hate Me” and talked about the directness of the poem’s tone. Then we watched “Ode to Cardi B” and students enjoyed the poet’s performance style. Our session ended with some writing time where we wrote odes to people or things that misunderstand us. Check out a student poem below:


Ode To My Brain 

by Chyla


Oh brain, why couldn’t you let the feeling out

the feeling of being lonely while I lay sleepless

The things you let me do to fill my cold body with warmth

so artificial my teeth hurt


Oh brain, why did you let younger me do

the things I did to fill the void of a heart?

Handmade to fit the key all the wrong people have.

Giving things to make me feel

the warmth that was so artificial.




“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.