Self-Portrait Poems

Greetings Galileo poetry friends and followers! We are embarking on a ten-week poetry journey and it’s off to an incredible start! We began by reading two short poems by Francisco Alarcón, “A Blank White Page / Una hoja en blanco” and “To Write Poetry / Para escribir poesía.” The poems made us wonder, Can you touch, smell, and taste words?

To prepare to write their own first poems, students responded to the questions, How do you see yourself? How do you want others to see you? Students then collected words to describe themselves, their identities, and their interests… and got busy writing. We hope you enjoy this week’s selection of poems!

(*Be sure to check this blog regularly, as several students will have their writing published every week. All students will be published once during the next 10 weeks.*)


Mrs. Van
4th Grade, Group 1

cute butterflies change my world!
Lindsey C.

black hair, 2 beautiful brown eyes,
short, smart, singer, after school
like to go eat and go to sleep!
and then I wake up and do
my homework then I take
care of my baby brother he
gives me kisses and hugs
I love him so much then
he goes to sleep and we
play or draw or see a movie
with my 5 year old brother
then we go to sleep they
are like butterflies fluttering
in my life. we fight but
I love them 2 the END!


Precious Moi
Elise H.

vocabulary: moi – pronounced (mwaw); French word meaning me

I am kind, joyful and creative.

Pleasant, smart, creative, dreamer


Friends say I am funny, a great writer, and a compassionate person.


Brown hair, caramel skin, brown eyes, and curls.


A reader, quick learner, a good singer


I write, design, sew, and draw.

Taco lover,



Mrs. Van
4th Grade, Group 2

My personality
Josiah H.

I am a cool person
and everywhere i go
i seem to shine


gaming is!
Alexios B.

gaming is fun to me
 gaming is my life
  gaming is my purpose
   gaming is AMAZING!
    gaming is me
     gaming is for boys like me
      gaming is fun
       gaming is a part of the world
        gaming is my fav
         gaming is cool on youtube
          gaming is what me and my sis do
           gaming is
                          The best!
Tell me do you like gaming?




“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.