Running into a New Year (5th)

In 5th grade, we read “Running into a New Year” by Lucille Clifton. We discussed how her lack of punctuation and short lines and single stanza gives us a sense of movement and speed. We brainstormed ways that we could use the page to create other feelings.



Read and Read


trying not to stop


eyes glued on the paper


No pausing

Information filling my mind.

I get drifted into the new year


and I don’t know how it happened.


Lightness Year


I’m dreaming into the new year

seeing all the light

than rather the shadow

Eating my nerves fight


Seeing all the hopes and

Running with them

and the light door

in front of me

then enter the new year

excited and

remembering all the moments

all the lightness in my heart.


Gaming Grind



I am gaming into a new year

Playing as time passes

by all the old game fades

as the new year comes

I play

and play until

My fingers droop

losing track

of time I play

play play

finger non-stop

moving place to place

charging non-stop

until I explode

turning into a fire

work bursting in the






“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.