The Rat Stole My PBJ: funny poems at Darwin

This week at Darwin we explored how poetry makes us feel. It makes us feel happy, sad, confused, and angry. But what about funny? According to many poetry studies, humor is the one place underrepresented in contemporary poetry. But our poets consistently make me and each other laugh with their words and how they play with them, so this week we focused on writing funny poems!


Ms. Garcia, 2nd grade, Spanish

The Nasty Banana!!!

I don’t like bananas because
when I was 4 i saw a banana. I ate it.
I didn’t see it, but there was
something red
And I ate it.
When I spit it out in the trash,
it tasted gross.
That’s why I don’t like it anymore.
Next time, I will look
before I eat. The
Maybe next time I will like it.

a mí no me gusta los dulces porque son muy dulce
a mi no me gusta nieve ni lo dulces me ase triste!
me ase incomodo

I do not like sweets because they are very sweet
I do not like snow or sweet things, it makes me sad!
it makes me uncomfortable


Potato es funny – potato!
I’m never going to stop saying – potato!
potato es como maestra
potato es como Ms. Stuti

(potato is like teacher,
potato is like Ms. Stuti* was meant kindly 🙂 )

Ms. Garcia, 2nd grade, English

Our prompt was “food we don’t like or things that make us laugh!” I brought in a poem book that had the word “rat” in it and that cast the whole class under a spell, and everyone just wanted to write about rats!

Here’s the poem we wrote together about rats:


Rats are descusting
just like carrots
one time, rats tried to kill me!
my sister said “Aw, it’s cute”
I said “No it is NOT. you are wrong.”
Rats keep me occupied
I just hope rats don’t get my
sister next

All About Rats

Rats are fun
When I was 4 years old, I had a pet rat
a rat is funny
My rat’s name is tim
my rat is a friend
My rat is friendly


I saw a Rat in my bathroom
I saw a rat in my room
My mom throw a shoe
My mom got scared of a rat
I saw a rat eating an orange



“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.