What I Am and What I Am Not

The poets from West Park Academy wrote on how they saw themselves. They were asked to use metaphors to describe themselves. Enjoy!


Andrea V.

I am a Sun

Not fire

I am sky

Not rain

I am a rainbow


Fernanda P.

I am diamonds, not broken

I am history

Not bitter

I am a dream

Not a glass

I am a dragon

Not a puppet to be played

I am the sky

Not the dark

I am the wind that runs through your hair.


Guadalupe M.

I am the son that brings Joy

I am not the monster in your closet

I am the angel that is with you till the end

I am not the lion that hunts its prey

But I am the lion that protects her family

I am the happiness you feel inside

I am not the fear you run away from

I am to comfort you seek on those days of Sorrow

I am not a hurricane meant to tear your life apart

I am the forest you come to when there is trouble

I am not the Twisted lies

But the heartful truth

I’m not the glass that shatters easily

I am the kind mother

I am not a knife to cut you down

I am a Band-Aid to heal your wounds

I am not those terrible thoughts that feel your head

But that dream you had last night

I am not something you throw out

I am not the problems that destroy you


Jimena H. 

I am a bush

I am not spiny

I’m a tree

I am not french fries

I am a color

I’m not a storm

I am a ferret

I’m not a puddle


Nely A. 

I am successful, I am not famous

I’m a cloud, I’m not smoky

I am the eraser, not the pencil

I am time, I am not a clock

I am gold, I’m not a brick

I am the rain, not stillwater


Allison R. 

I am a rainbow

I’m not a parrot

I’m an alligator

I am not a butterfly

I am mind reader

I am not a piece of paper

I am a brain

I am not a heart






“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.