Thanks for the Memories

In juxtaposition to last week’s very stream-of-consciousness poem, we read a more narrative effort, Edna St. Vincent Millay‘s “Recuerdo.” Students recognized its regular rhyme scheme, and our discussions revolved around who the main characters might be in the poem; at one point they refer to someone called “mother,” but we decided it wasn’t necessarily their mom. We also talked about the actions described in the poem, such as going “back and forth all night on the ferry,” eating apples and pears, and the characters giving away all their money but not their subway fares (which they need to get home). In each classroom, someone asked (or knew) that the title was Spanish for memory or I remember, so the students wrote their own memory poems…

Ms. Thiel, 2nd Grade

Austin C.

My memory is seeing Obama
but mostly I said goo goo gaga look I
was only 1 second old just
kidding I was probably 2 days
old and birthdays were crazy
fun and I don’t know why
a girl was there and that was
my memory.

Nasir L.

I went to Wisconsin for my
spring break last year. There
was a pool and horse riding.

My Trip to Memphis
Amari M.

I was finally at Memphis it took us
48 hours to get there so we all went
in our rooms and unpacked then
we went to my great great
grandma’s house who lives in
Memphis and we played
with her dog and then we went
to play basketball and then we
went swimming the next day
it was Easter we went to
my grandma’s house and hunted
for eggs and then we went home.
Just to let you know I was with
my family grandma uncles aunts
cousins brother dad and mom.

My Memory of Chicago
Aryan N.

When I came here frustrated in
the night I slept and I got really
hot in the night when I was sleeping.

Spencer R.

I remember when
my four year
old brother
when he was
just a wee little cutie
but so grown up.

Albert S.

fun times
soccer ball
this party is fun

Ms. Ward, 2nd Grade

Nico F.

When I was 3 I remember when
I was born at Illinois

All the Memories
Rishita J.

First time I came to Skinner West
I ate breakfast

I had breakfast today

I made popcorn in India

I sang “Let It Go” at home

I played with Jasmine and Reva

I played with Avni

I went to Rosemont with my family

The time I came to Chicago

Kaidan K.

Friends friends being fun letting
people play nothing stopping.

Friends at play playing around all day.

I Remember
Arjun S.

I remember that
I had
cutest sister!
I remember
that my sister
was only 5 months.
I remember
when I first saw
my baby cousin.

Anthony S.

The time when
I was 2 I was so sensitive that
if some like my brother he was trying
to sit on me and I ran away brother fell.

Ms. O’Connor, 2nd Grade

I Remember That Time
Ilani A.

I remember that time
I lost a tooth
It was shiny white
And I couldn’t play my flute.

I remember that time
I sang out loud
I sang till my throat hurt
In front of a crowd.

I remember that time
On my first day of school
That I went to school
Lookin’ real cool.

I remember that time
That I wrote this poem

Alex E.

Memories, memories, like when I said
My first words, my first steps
Memories, memories, take over my

Adrian F.

I have a memory of myself
as a baby.
When I was a baby I
used to swing on a water
fountain and wear a diaper.

The Best
Evan L.

I don’t know my best memory.

Triniti W.

Simba I miss him so much

Simba hungry as could be

he’d always clean up after me

Simba he was the perfect dog

Simba he made me happy as could be

Memories for You
Londyn W.

I have memories just
for you. You have memories
just for me. You mean
you nice Blah Blah Blah Blah.

I have memories just
for you. You have memories
just for me. Everybody
turn around everybody touch
the ground.

Everybody is the

Ms. Rupp, 2nd Grade

Roy L.

I remember myself doing Achieve

AW Chocolate
Gabrielle P.

When I had a
I had chocolate
on my whole
body aw aw
awwwww I don’t want
to say
bye chocolate
oops I just said that or it.

Alexander R.

One of my memories is when
my baby brother said
Hi when someone said noon and
another one of my memories is
singing in front of my grandma and my
last one is rehearsing my singing!

Levi T.

When I went to Scandinavia
it was fun I saw a friend
that I … well I did not remember
her but my dad did. She had
a cabin. She spoke a
different language I did
at all!
I got
a tick in
my armpit
I got some
sharp needles
in my armpit
I got a ribbon type of

The Time I Memorized It
Eason T.

Oops. I forgot.
Wait! I remembered!
No, I forgot. I really think I
remember now. Okay. I forgot. This is
gonna take forever. I need a new
brain. BLING! I gotta go to
the brain store. Darn it. They’re all
out of stock. Waitaminute. I remember!
Never mind.

Ms. Schwartz, 2nd Grade

Ketan N.

On Monday I played
in the sprinkler.

Memory Remember
Arjun N.

I had a Christmas party
I had cookies

Ella P.

A memory is special to me and
We all love memories!
Hooray for memories!

William Q.

I remember China.
I went to a game.
I went to a TV.
I went swimming.
I went football.
I went to school.
I went to go home.

Zia R.

I went to Chuck E. Cheese’s
on my birthday I played games
I had pizza.

Emily S.

One of my memories
is when I first met
my baby brother
so I am going to
tell you about that
let’s see I first met
him on April 29, 2015
at a hospital
he was sooo
cute I got
to hold him
the time was
6:30 p.m. The
next day
he came
to our house
he was so

Memory Remember
Raagvi S.

The boys are funny
they put on a mustache
and they say I am a men.

Gigi S.

my memory is the
only memory I have
of a baby it is one
morning when I was
waking up in the morning
and fighting to get out
of my crib and then
finally I fell out of my
crib on to the rug

Derrion S.

Last Sunday I
watched The Bernie
Mac Show with
my mom
it was funny I
could not stop

Jamen W.

I remember when I went
to Florida to see my
uncle it was fun

we saw the football game
and we went to a
concert and I drank
root beer and I met
a friend and I went
to the beach and
played ball in the water.



“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.