Poetry as Play!

In Ms Sanchez’s 5th 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.



The eraseboard is like

a lonely apartment

with no one in it.

The eraseboard is like a car.


The eraseboard is like someone floating

in space.


The eraseboard is like half a city.



-Jimena P

The chair is

like someone

in prison that’s

going to be there

for days.


The chair

is like

a deadly animal

going to eat

another animal

in the forest.

It also looks like it is ready

to eat.



Book Box

-Luis S

A simple book box

could be a bridge that goes up and down

could be a ramp you ride a bike off and you back down.

Could be stairs upside that you lead you up.

All of these lead you up.

Another way you could go up is if you do good in life.

You will ascend and be happy

At least I think.



“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.