We Will A Joyful World: Odes @ ALS

This week the 4th graders at Avondale Logandale and I read Ode to Enchanted Light by Pablo Neruda. This poem leaves with the sense that the poet is in love with the world, and he’s watching it shimmer. He condenses his love of the world down to a love poem to light.

I asked the students to write an ode to something in nature that is as striking to them as light is to Neruda. This was also our first attempt to think critically about stanzas and how to use them best. Enjoy!

Ms. Lozada
4th Grade

Erick H.

Fire, that heat,
that gives
us power,

The heat gives
me energy, too,
go run

The fire, something
like a rumble or power,
that power, something good


Julian L.

The thing that needs water
grows to be big

The giver for our oxygen
to breathe

The giver of homes to
small little animals
to stay

So awesome, the thing
has given life


Angie A.

On the grass, flowers,
The light hitting the blue,
pretty as could be

A bee buzzing all around it,
little daisy blooming,
butterfly drinking nectar

Oh the sweet nectar,
A sweet smell coming out
It gives us sweet oxygen

We will a joyful world with flowers

Ms. Afzal
4th Grade

Juliarys T.

I’m under a tree
taking in the pretty
and hot sun

The trees leaves
move under

The air on me
the trees
so green

The natural things
are beautiful.



When I go outside the sun
makes me happy

When I go to the beach
the sun is on the beach

The birthdays of my dad and I
are in the summer

El Sol
Lucero C.

El sol está brillando
El sol es lindo

El sol es parte de la

El sol da energía
lindo sol del cielo

The Sun
Lucero C.

The sun is shining
The sun is cute

The sun is part of the

The sun gives energy
cute sun from the sky

Ms. Pease
4th Grade

Kassandra R. C.

It feels nice ad warm it
gives you a warm tingle feeling

It makes me feel
like a star


Jaqueline L.

I go outside I see snowflakes
I look up at the sky to see it
It feels so cold so I put on gloves

I go to make a snow angel
the snow was white
snowflakes, too

The it stops then its
starting to melt
I go back inside


Jesse G.

Minerals are shiny like the sun
They make you happy

They give you a happy day,
it makes the world shiny

It makes the world
beautiful, minerals can
be in gems and gems
make the world happy



“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.