Poetry as Play!

In Ms Thomas’s 6th grade classes, we read a short poem by Valerie Worth called “Safety Pin” that imagined a safety pin as some very different things (a shrimp! a fish!). We talked about how poetry lets us play with language and make even the most boring objects strange and unfamiliar. We wrote short poems imagining regular, everyday classroom items as new and surprising things.


-Jocelyn N

The keys are like a jingle bell

on Christmas Eve.


Pencil Sharpener


The pencil sharpener is like

an astronaut

a pac-man game

a mixer

a microscope

a stapler.



“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.