“You sizzle and burn out but you never fold from the pressure.” Star Search

Students read a student poem that used personification to talk to a star before trying their hands at their own poems addressing something… bigger than themselves while using words from legendary poet/teacher Kim Addonizio’s word bank below!










Lesson Note: “We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”-Astrophysicist, Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Ms. McClain, 8th Grade

Nights With You
by Molly S.

You hear your sizzle,
burning through the endless night.
Jumping into the canvas sky,
an angel appears in sight.
You and your family sparkle the dark sky.
As still as ever
you sit and watch from above.
The presence comforts me,
as you tuck me in bed with a hug.
We both fall asleep dreaming
and you are there in my hed.
My star, you fire so bright.
You get me happy knowing you are there
in my life.

by Kaya B.

Your bright light shining high in the sky,
like a burning angel.
Is it ever lonely up there?
Your light pushes away me everlasting
darkness that’s creeping into the night
like inky tendrils of black that take
over the sky.
Do you ever feel alone?
Your light is mirrored everywhere. Boucning
off planets, asteroids, moors, clearing
the smoke of darkness that opens up to
reveal a special ray of your light.
It must feel very lonely.
One single star and its single sizzling
light making a whole solar system
brighter with its existence. All alone,
but never lonely.

by Nick F.

Oh star,
What kind of sensation is it to burn endlessly?
We wish upon stars but what if you could?
You and your friends blanket the sky
but what if you weren’t a star?
I loy on soft grass staring at you
If only you could feel this
Do you ever wish you could burn out?
Just stop.
But you keep going.
You can’t stop
I saw you soar by and I made a wish
when does it come true?

by Diego O.

Do mirrors feel a person’s star?
Does smoke feel the breeze?
Space can see nothing.
Space can feel nothing.
Spae is simply nothing.

Your A Star
by Aedan D.

Your light is only to cast away the darkness
You burn and you smoke though your angelic glow brings us peace.
You pull us out form the dark blanket of the sky
You mirror the sun and bring us light through the endless night.
You sizzle and burn out but you never fold from the pressure.
You are a star.

by Aiden C.

Remind me of an angel
the way your aura is bright.
The sky is dark
but you bring light with your eyes.
You’re like the sun
the way you sizzle and burn with your touch.



“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.