See It, Write It

For our 7th week, Bronzeville students learned about ekphrastic poetry, or poems inspired by an image. We examined Van Gogh’s Starry Night before reading the Anne Sexton poem of the same name. Then students scrolled through an image gallery before choosing an image they felt compelled to explore.

Many students were still working on their poems, but here are a few from last week’s students.

Ms Shuch’s 9:45 class, 3rd grade

Watching and Dreaming by Tahj S.
after Tetsuhiro Wakabayashi’s “The Tiger which Takes Notice ”

Standing tall and proud, I watch the room while dreaming.
In this room I see a sword that has been used in battle all rusty and old.
I see a pot that is white and cold.
I see a statue that’s ancient and special.
I shall watch over this room until I am moved.

Ms Siudock’s 1:45 class, 4th grade

Lunch by Morgan W.
after Henri Matisse’s “Goldfish with Cat”

There she is, waiting for a snack
She crouches, ready for attack
Then splash, she lands in the bowl
And reaches her hungry soul

Goldfish and Cat by Caroline B.
after Henri Matisse’s “Goldfish with Cat”

Leafy, beautiful, sneaky
That cat, goldfish and plants

The green
The leafy plants



“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.