Yo pienso que la luna viene a mi y las estrellas también

What do you think about as you drift off to sleep? We used Li Po’s contemplative “Quiet Night Thoughts,” to consider our thoughts between waking life and dreams. Because he is so skilled in brevity, we also used the poem to think about line breaks, sometimes tricky for any poet! We tried smushing the poem into a paragraph, and then breaking it back out, and the students discussed how Li Po makes a sleepy night rhythm, full of popping images with the line breaks as intended. Enjoy their work below!


Mr. Rence
2nd Grade


The Dream
Julissa G.

I see stars and
the moon and I
hug my stuffed bears

I dream about
family and


I See At Night

I like to see the stars
then I go to sleep

I read my book to go
to sleep

I eat milk and cookies then
I go to sleep

I say good night to my family
and go to sleep



Before my bed stars
are bright in the

I think about
Christmas and there’s
no school


Mr. Postlethwait
2nd Grade



At mi cama I see stars y luna
abres como moveros


At my bed I see stars and moon
open and move away


Antes De Dormir

En la noche veo la luna brillando
y muy bonita y las

Yo pienso que la luna
viene a mi y las estrellas


Before My Bed

Before I go to bed
there is a peluche
on my bed and stars
under the window on the cielo:

Yo pienso en la noche
que va a pasar a mañana
en la escuela y que
va hacer la tarea



“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.