Slow Down, Heaven Can Wait

Ms. Widman

High School Creative Writing


This week the students at Amundsen looked at James Dickey’s “Heaven of Animals” and we discussed how pace is conveyed in poetry/storytelling. They were tasked with the impossible brainstorm: what animal would they be and what would life be like. I’m so excited for the two poets I’m publishing below.




by Gianna O. 


I’m like an airplane

flying high in the sky.

I see the world’s pain,

but I go just passing by,

only seen as a bird brain

not even getting a “Hi!”


I wish to be noticed

for my beautiful golden feathers.

Humans are atrocious

like very, very bad weather.



“The Shark Life”

by Emma S.


I’m a shark

watch out for me.

I glide through the ocean

with my homie, Bruce.


We go to the bar

drink up some cosmos;

now we can’t even swim home.


We’re drowning in cosmos.

Oh wait, we can’t, we’re fish.


Our tongues are now bright red.

We need to find some bread,

gotta head to Red Lobster. 



“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.