Week 4: Five Minutes of Fame

Ms. Widmen

High School Creative Writing


Week 4: Five Minutes of Fame


This week we talked gossip and celebrity via persona poetry. We read Morgan Paker’s “Beyonce on the Line for Gaga.” The students brainstormed who they want to celebrate but also whose voice is easier to recreate in text. We had a great breakdown on how voice is achievable but getting the tone was tough. The students wrote from the perspective of current celebrities, fantasy characters, pro athletes, historical figures, each other. The students I’m excited to publish are below. 


Black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) addresses crowds during the March On Washington at the Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, where he gave his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech.

The Ways of the Trees

by Miracle C.


Flowing in the breeze

the wind whispers, songs from my sisters

kneeling down, praying for God.

The sweat dripped down, the horse got loud.

The worry and fear gripped onto my years.

Dogs barking, oh, police holding their guns.

Marching down the road not knowing where it goes.

The hurt and the pain heard miles away.

People watching People smiling People laughing.

I have a dream so far and wide

for equity and power and love every hour.

My happiness rains as I hath the gains

or listening to the trees

flowing in the breeze.



Jake the Dog from Adventure Time

Hey Homie

by Isadora R.


I’m trying to focus on what’s real

cause I haven’t really been able to take anything


like I love food

more than I love people

and I wanna marry my bed, dude!

I’ve accepted something you said once:

that to live life, you need problems. If

you get everything you want the minute

you want it, then what’s the point of livin’?


I miss you.


So far I suck at being an adult,

but I guess sucking at something

is the first step to becoming sorta 

good at something.


I think the problem is I think

too much about everything and it all

gets too intense

but it’s normal to have weird

thoughts right?


Even if I’m not by fire–





“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.