What is Black?

For our most recent session, Shoesmith considered ideas related to color. We read poems from The Heart of My Palm: Poems by African American Children  [by David Adejouma and illustrated by Gregory Christie] and then collaborated as a group to compose 1st drafts of poems about BLACK. Enjoy!

Ms. Lehner
4th Grade

Why do people still have bad feelings about black?
Group 1

Black is beautiful
beautiful like butterflies

Black is awesome
awesome like the northern lights
awesome like chicken nuggets that are
absolutely delicious

Black represents the dirt that grows everything

Black is a song


Group 2 – 4th Grade

Black is music
the music of jazz, rap, hip hop, and snapping fingers
Black is water
in a deep sea
Black is life
Black is life

God is life

Black is amazing
amazing as flowers in bloom
Black is fantasy
a black fantasy book that sings
Black is culture
Black is people
Black is royalty
castles of gold, a royal palace for kings and queens
maybe you and I

Black is the universe
Black is generation
Black is infinity
Black is your imagination
listening to you

Black is people
Black is Us



“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.