Personages With Long Ears @ Darwin Elementary

To continue prepping for our collaboration with and field trip to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the students and made one more poem from the music of Carnival of the Animals, specifically, the movement called “Personages With Long Ears” (and various other translations). You may want to listen to the movement while you read on, enjoy!


Ms. Vargas-Mendez
3rd Grade


The Circus Dance
Anahi L.

The donkey is dancing
with a ball
It is a big one and silly
He is a big dancer

He is scared of a monster,
an elephant dressed up.
The donkey dresses as
a puppy, the elephant
is surprised.


The Running Kicking Donkey
Moses C.

The donkey is eating hay
a foe walks up and the donkey
hears him and starts to run.

He stops and laughs,
runs and says hee haw,
He is running fast as a road runner
Hopping away, he’s lost him


The Jump Kick Donkey
Miryam G.

Donkey jump, jump, and jump
Then Donkey kicks
Donkey starts jumping again
Again, and again, until
Donkey gets home
From working in town
Carrying all the stuff

At home Donkey went to bed
and fell asleep with his wife
Donkey and his children Donkeys

Ms. Arango
2nd Grade

Donkey Rocking

The donkey is locking
the door to his house
to go play hide and seek

He wins three times
in a row


Ashley S.

The Donkey ran too fast
So the person could not get him
The Donkey ran faster and faster
and so fast the person could not run


Persons With Long Ears
Karen F.

The fast donkey,
her name is K.C.
she is a spy
and one day
her friend said
let’s go hiding
and she said
lets go then

Ms. Robbins
2nd & 3rd Grade


Baby Donkey
Alan T.

The baby donkeys play
They bray and kick
Donkeys run in the woods
They bray and kick
Fox chases Donkey,
Donkey brays and runs


Farida H.

Donkey running in the woods
Braying and kicking

Wolf chases Donkey
Donkey brays and runs to cover

A donkey races with
his friends

Donkey is creeping
up to something

Donkey is probably running
up to something

Donkey runs home


Yazmin Q.

Baby donkey plays with
his friends they bray and kick
calling for their mothers

Donkey finds his mom
and brays and kicks

Donkey races with his friends



“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.