Run Donkey, Run! @Avondale Elementary

To continue prepping for our collaboration with and field trip to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the students and made one more poem from the music of Carnival of the Animals, specifically, the movement called “Personages With Long Ears” (and various other translations). You may want to listen to the movement while you read on, enjoy!

Ms. Pease
4th Grade Literary Arts

Room 216 Literary Arts

Runaway Donkey
Makenna W.

Hee haw snort!
Run away!
Run away, run away…
running and kicking
dust everywhere
from the donkey’s
hard black hooves
pounding on the ground
like a hammer


Sneaky Donkey
Brian A.

Donkey Donkey
where are you hiding
or sneaking

Donkey Donkey
where are you up high
or down there

Donkey Donkey
where are you behind
or in front of something


Running Donkey
Adamari Z.

My donkey is kicking
My donkey is running
My donkey is scared
because a monster
My donkey is saved
by a farmer but
he kicks him

Room 214 Literary Arts

Donkey Drives a Car
Caleb C.

The donkey is driving
a car. He is stuck in
traffic and he is
beeping the horn


Brooklyn M.

My donkey is running away,
from something, or someone,
it’s running, its running faster,
closer and closer, oh no–


Brianna G.

Kick, kick, kick,
and run, run, run,
braying like your
relative the “horse”

Does your back ever hurt
carrying all those people’s stuff?


Room 215 Literary Arts

Kicking Donkey
Desiree V.

The donkey is dancing
all over the opera and
all the other animals are
trying to ruin it by
making a funny sound
to distract the donkey
and the donkey suddenly
threw food at all
the animals


Donkey Party
Daniel L.

Donkeys jumping up
and down

Donkeys dancing here
and there

Donkeys kicking up
and down

People with long ears
at a party

Eating what they like,
very noisy donkeys

Donkeys going
to sleep

Very tired of jumping
and dancing and kicking


The Donkey
Alondra G.

Once upon a time a
donkey stopped to jump
and it couldn’t
maybe the donkey
had hiccups
he said hee haw
he is dancing
and jumping



“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.