Self-Portrait Poems

Greetings West Park poetry friends and followers! We are embarking on an eight-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 8 weeks.*)


Ms. Staudohar/Ms. Knight
6th Grade

You are you, I am ME
Guadalupe T.

you are you, I am creative
you are you, I am confusing
you are you, I am funny
you are you, I am bossy
you are you, I am hardworking
you are you, I am nice
you are you, I am ME


I’m shy
Jenaylee M.

I’m shy
don’t know why
I’m mature but indecisive
loveable and kind
always at peace
proud boricua
long brown hair
dark brown eyes
giraffes at heart


I am, I love
Jayden H.

I am a brother
I am a student
I am a gamer
I love singing
I love gaming
I love my family.


Ms. Lazaar
5th Grade

About me

I am a kind person
to other people

I am a funny person
to make people happy

I am a loving person
to make people feel loved


me myself and i
Justin C.

i like to ride bikes
sometimes i go on hikes
i like trampolines
and i like beans
i like to swim
and i have two limbs
those are most things about me


Ms. Chambers
7th Grade, Group 1

Who am I?
Caroline L.

I’m an English speaker
also Spanish speaker
I am who I am
I am the one that
is there when they
need me I am
proud of who I am


Just me
James S.

I could feel sleepy or ready for anything or not
It depends on what mood I feel when I’m up
friends also see me as ready or lazy
I look like a man but I’m still young


Ms. Chambers
7th Grade, Group 2

Me, Myself, and I
John L.

I am Puerto Rican and I am good
at soccer, any debacle on the field
I’ll solve with a tackle.

I am good at chess, I can check-
mate you in a fair game, if you
check me, I’ll protect myself with
a bishop.


In my point of view
Ana E.

Yes I am mean but I’m
also nice. Yes I’m pretty
but I’m loyal. Yes I’m crazy
but I’m fun. I’m a quiet-
overthinker. Long-lashes,
nice eyebrows, and long
dark brown hair. She
doesn’t know who or
what she is but she
is something. She falls in
love easy but she falls
hard. That’s me and
if you don’t like me
then leave.


Mi yo
Wendy G.

Yo soy amable
Yo soy divertida
Yo me veo enojona
Yo soy confiable
Mis amigos me
ven como bonita y
Divertida. Me enorgullese
mejorar mi inglés y aprender
un poco más todos los dias.
Mi personalidad es bonita.
Me siento bonita algunas






“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.