Poems should… (5th)

Last class, we discussed Dada art, and how the Dadaists thought all art was random. Today, we compared that with Jamila Woods “Blk Girl Art.” The students had terrific insight on Woods’ poem and talked about how she believes that art should be able to make big feelings in people and comfort people and change things. We then discussed what superpowers we would want our poems to have. The kids said incredible things, like “I would want to make art like eyeglasses that could help people see the world more clearly.” Please enjoy these superpower poems!

Wish Poem


I wish my poem could deep clean my yard

Deep clean it to the point my mother could start a tomato garden.

My poem should help my mom cook noodles and rice happily.

I wish my poem could fly up and explode beautifully!
I wish my poem would help my grades sky rocket like a space ship!
I wish my poem could go down the street and pick up those coke cans!

I wish my poem could make my cat not lonely!

Letting my cat play with it happily while I wish some more.

My Poem Should


My poem is meaningful

I mean it

should be.

I want it

to be



   or happy.

Whatever it makes

you feel.

My poem is like a boiling

pot full with bubbles.

Like puppies

like candy or


But my poems are

like unicorn and ice cream.

To make

happiness full percent after charging.

Like an annoying little tooth falling out.

Continuing to make tulips open


a sunny


And the waves are BIG

just like emotions…my poems should be good.

My Poem


I want my poem to sing. I want my

poem to bring happiness everywehree by

giving candy or telling a funny joke

that they like. I want my poem

to speak. I want my poem to write

for me so that I can relax.

I want my poem to bring back my

Grandpa and Grandma, I miss them.

I want my poem to create things,

like creating a car that can

fly and change color

by itself.



“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.