What Matters to Me is Metaphors

Greetings West Park poetry friends and followers! This week’s lesson revolved around metaphors and important things. We discussed the difference between metaphors (which compare two unlike things as if they are the same) and similes (a type of metaphor using the words “like” or “as”). Metaphors are sometimes puzzles… they can be tricky to put together or take apart to understand…

In order to come up with some “things” to creatively compare in our writing, we listed things that are important to us, including personal belongings, things found in nature, and things from our neighborhoods. Sandra Cisneros’s poem, “Sky Wearing a Hat,” gave students some food for thought to inspire poems that begin from a metaphor.


Ms. Staudohar/Ms. Knight
6th Grade

weird smell of flowers
Journee E.

my hair is like flowers soft but easily
   breakable my hair is like flowers
      as it blows in the wind
         my hair is like flowers
a very weird smell
         my hair is like flowers
with a very delicate touch.


my family is the ocean
Fernando D.

my family is the ocean

they are blue
my family is large
they get cold very easily
the ocean is calm


Ms. Lazaar
5th Grade

Things I have
Juan Pablo L.

I have a family it’s like
a pack of lions

I have a soccer ball it’s like
a planet

I have a car it’s like
a plane

I have a phone it’s like
a TV


Ms. Chambers
7th Grade, Group 1

My friends are like family
Amir G.

     My friends are like family
The grass is like clouds dogs are always
making sounds my friends always
come around


Rene R.

soccer is life

my phone is like a key of happiness


light bright
Lillian K.

Streetlights are like the sun
of the night.
My friends are like the sun
of my life.
Trees are the light of life.
The moon is the light of the
night life.


Ms. Chambers
7th Grade, Group 2

Mi Ma
Yoselin A.

My mom is as beautiful as
a rose
When you see her, all you see
is beauty
Her voice is just as soothing as
a lullaby ♡


important stuff

my PS5 is as great
as a car

music is my fuel

and basketball is like
my doctor


my dog
Yenily B.

my dog is super cute
my dog is my emotional support
my dog is like a friend
my dog is as cute as baby penguins
my dog is as playful as baby kittens
   I love my dog








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