“To another holding room until she went upstairs to stay”: To the Stars

Students read a student poem that used personification to talk to a star before trying their hands at their own poems addressing something… bigger than themselves while using words from legendary poet/teacher Kim Addonizio’s word bank below!


Lesson Note: “We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”-Astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Ms. Wright, 7th Grade

O Star
Xiaomin Z.

O star, glistening in the night sky
Hanging like a blanket over the world
Full of mystery and full of memories
But who really are you

Do you sizzle or explode as a supernova
Do you watch us from above like angels in the sky
Or do you come out at dark when the atmosphere lacks smoke
Can you reach out your hands and show us the way home

You are my whole world
But you aren’t from this world
How can that be

My Friend Star
by Yangbing W.

Sitting in the dark alone
Smoke in the air
A bright star shining in the sky
The star turned into a beautiful angel

I asked her if she will be my friend
She agreed and now
We are the brightest stars at night
And the only light you see at night

By: Kennedy T.

As I look at the sky
I see your light as you speak to me

The blanket of darkness surrounds us
They hear a sizzle and a burn

As the night sky fold to day
I wake up again wondering what I was talking to

Ms. Sicora, 8th Grade

Sharon C.

Where are you

oh star, oh star
as the dark approaches
you shine so brightly

but when it’s day
where are you

are you talking to your friends
are you dancing across the sky
traveling to a different universe

oh star, oh star
where are you

Reveal With The Stars
by Vanessa J.

You sizzle like a snaily
Snails are slow
How big is the galaxy?

Your demure traits
Show in the way
You reflect
In mirroring me

Chivalrous throughout
Where did you come from?
You live in smoke and darkness

But ignore the smoke and mirrors
Of society’s lies

With your light
You blanket the lies
Where are you?

by Sara D.

Star, I wonder a lot about you
You are a celestial being, and I’m a human being,
who cannot tell if other organisms have thoughts or feelings

Can you?
I wonder so much about you
I can think of so many questions right now

Do you get sick?
Can you grant wishes?
Do you die?

Oh, so many questions
But, I will never get answers
You dance in the calm dark sky.

The light of the bright space
By Madison N.

You’re shining bright like a diamond
You sat there and shine bright
Giving out a glow.
We’re beautiful like diamonds in the sky
I feel better, I was warm at last
Then a little later they took her away
To another holding room until she went upstairs to stay
I knew she had been in there before
She was known I guess
When she walked through the door.



“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.