Poems Written About Works of Art

Poems written about works of art, or another way to say this is ekphrastic poetry, and here’s something extra fun: the poets at Hale were also the artists! We all gathered around our semi-circle table and drew a picture of anything we wanted like a cat in a sweater, or an ambiguous not-frog that was really the Rolling Stones logo, or campfire! Everyone had to interpret the drawings and write at-minimum a 3-line poem responding to the works of art. Below are a few of the ekphrastic pieces:



drawing of sweater cat by Alexcia



by Lily

5th grade (spoilers: she does not like cats or clowns)


It is as cute as a puppy

It is as scary as a monster

as wild as a fly

and creepy like a doll

and it is not funny like a clown


Cute Cate

by Ana N.

4th grade

The cat is as cute as Alexcia

with whiskers as long as a crayon

The cat ears are pink like a pig


drawing of campfire by Anabella


Hot Pot

by Lily

5th grade

It is as gray as steam

and as hot as me

and as hot as a fire


drawing of girl by Lily


Spy Girl

by Anabella

4th grade

Her hair is as black as dark coffee

Her pants are as green as a pond

and her eyes are as brown as chocolate cake



drawing of the Rolling Stones logo by Ava N.


Greeny, Greeny Frog

by Ava F.

4th grade


Greeny, greeny, greeny frog

you are as green as lettuce

Greeny, greeny, greeny frog

you are as slimy as slime without the activator

Greeny, greeny, greeny frog

you eat flies like the time I went to the park

and a fly went inside of my mouth.




“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.