Show Don’t Tell

In week seven of the residency, we built on our previous week’s exploration of using our five senses to evoke memories, and used that to understand the concept of “Show Don’t Tell.” In other words, we tried to write poems where we used our five senses to describe an experience, place, moment, or idea in a way that transported the reader into the things we felt, so they could experience things from our perspective, and not just hear us tell what happened in abstract, broad strokes.

The Ocean’s Touch
By Eva S.

The ocean’s touch feels like relaxation
itself just by how calming it is. Aquariums remind
me of the ocean’s touch by the sea
animals and just the wonders of how fast
the life goes. I love the ocean.

By Daniela D.

I like the smell of a bakery because
You smell fresh baked bread, cakes and cupcakes.

April Fool’s Day
Celeste O.

It’s April Fool’s Day
and I don’t know what prank
to do. Maybe I can get a fake
rat and put it in my friend’s locker.
I would put fake blood on the floor
and a fake hand and I would
pretend my hand came off.
That’s what I would do if I had
a limited budget.

by Jesus S.

The first time I ever tasted
a coffee it was like a
dark dark chocolate or
a dark flavor that
can dissolve into a dark

Snowy Day in Chicago
by Crystal T.

I went ice skating
I saw snow coming down from
the sky. I start feeling calmed and
refreshed also relaxed.

by Anhi M.

We fight a lot.
We get along.
We fight over being first served.

He babysits me when at work.
I call him Portilloman he gets mad but I still do.

I got the name from him working at Portillos.

How My Senses Feel About Dogs
by Kevin M.

If I had a dog it would be so fluffy and
he would barely bark so I could sleep at

I would like him to smell nice
and I would clean him every day.
I would go to the park
with him to eat some tacos together.



“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.