‘Throw Abraham Lincoln’s hat in…’: Potion and Recipe Poems

Students read ‘Truth Serum’ by Naomi Shihab Nye before penning their own potion and recipe poems. Students discussed TRUTH, LIES and how both can sometimes hurt and often STINK to high heaven!

Lesson Note: “I respect anyone who’s pulled an idea out of their brain and fully brought it to life. That is spiritual. To know that it started as a thought and you brought it to fruition is crazy. Shout out to the ones who see it all the way through. Keep creating.”– CeeLo Green, American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor.

Mrs. McClain, 7th Grade


by Brandon C.

I made it by adding my favorite

childhood toy.

4 butterflies

and my favorite food

with this, I would also need

Happy thoughts and good memories.

As I made this potion

I realized that I couldn’t think

of bad thoughts and how after

the portion was made everyone

was so kind and nice to


Happy Anyways

by Piper M.

I go to a grotto, small and pretty the day

was unpleasant

I listen as I hear waves crashing I add in

the sound

I look

I see the beautiful sunset, pink,, purple, and orange

contrasting against the crystal clear water

I mix it in

I walk and grab a pink pearl and seashells,

grind it to a powder and stir

I add in the sea salt mist and sprinkle in scales of

parrot fish and petals of pink flowers

I mix and stir

I realize how I’ve been making this to be happy

when I could been doing something that


me happy not


I leave the portion to go and dance in the sun

blanketed in its warmth.

Mrs. McClain, 8th Grade

Memory Potion

by Madison S. R.

We took a page from

a little girl’s diary. Then

the summer leaves

sprinkled in the pot.

The sound of beach waves

crashing stirred in

with a touch of the

sound of the creaking

of a swing

After it boils

you take a sip

as the steam from

a mother’s cooking

rolls off.

To Be Smart

by Eleanor K.

Throw in a dash of pencil shavings

graphite goes everywhere

We add the ripped-up pieces

of that test

We throw in music

from all the hours of studying

The words from a teacher’s lecture

hang in the air

The pot exudes the smell of dusk

the one that makes us want to sneeze

We need this for our next ELA


Mrs. McClain, 8th Grade

Money Potion

by Alice F. P.

This is a potion of wealth.

Stir a green-colored liquid into a pot.

drop pennies, nickles and dimes

Then spray 10 pumps of the scent of money.

Throw Abraham Lincoln’s hat in and a few

gold coins

Now take a sample of leprechaun’s skin


dro in 5 tablespoons of happiness

Once this is all done, pour a glass


You will not only become extremely rich.

but extra serotonin is added to your brain.


by Gabriel B.

We made it with 3 drops of a steak dinner smelling deliciously

We made it with a hint of a candle, smelling like a home

We made it with a soft blanket, warm like my soul.

We made it with money, enriching life itself

We made a potion. feeling great.


by Callianne J.

With the tears of

a heartbroken girl

and the brightness

of 1,000 sunsets

a petal from

an orchid flower

the smell is beautiful

it’s a beautiful fragrance


Mrs. McClain, 7th Grade

The Potion of Trust

by Julian M.


something that takes time

just as the potion did

I felt a sense of comfort while making it

like I could rely on it

and the smell of French vanilla

I used the radiant light that breaks darkness at


I used frosty lake water from those cozy, cold


And I used time-passing

like cars on a highway


but noticeable

and at last, I used glass

broken glass

I must drink this.

The Stinking Truth Potion

by Sebastian A.

Yellow pepperoni

a spider’s venom

crystal glass

a rolly polly

a pencil


a hamster

dog poop







“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.