What is inside of us?

For our most recent sessions at Kozminski, we met on Monday because parent/teacher conferences were scheduled for Wednesday. Students practiced projecting their voices and paying attention to how a poem makes them feel energetically, by taking turns reading the poem “It’s Inside of Me!” by Adam Delevan.  In the poem, the poet shows kinship with other living beings and things in nature with lines such as: “The movement of rivers is in me. / In my blood. / The smartness of Einstein is in me. / In my head. / The stillness of rocks is in me. / In my body. / The color of trees is in me. / In my skin. / The looseness of dirt is in me. / In my bones. / The fastness of rabbits is in me. / In my legs…..” 

From there, we talked about a short poetry form: the five-line cinquain. We read and discussed three cinquains; and talked about not being afraid to set something down on paper, even when it doesn’t seem to match the feelings and ideas inside of us.  Some students composed cinquains, and others used the exercise to get down words and phrases that can be turned into poems at a later date.

Ms. Manning
4th Grade

Micaela A.

water, rainbow
Playing, pouring, puddling
Sky blue baby blue


Cymir W.

Competitive, Magic
Dribbling, Shooting, Running
Fun learning and believing 


Emmanuel O.

smooth, hard  
throwing, kicking, breaking
Cool, heavy, and strong


5th Grade

Cambria H.

Fast, Dangerous
Running, Hunting, Sneaking
One of the fastest animals on Earth


Yamarion G.

Discord, Tiktok
Rapping, calling, Facetiming   
Helps me relax fully 


Kai A.

Playing Horse
Dunking on someone short
Having a good time with friends
Friends dying laughing at someone you dunked on
Super-duper fun



“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.