Poetry Month Poems

Every year in my classroom, I celebrate poetry month with a month long poetry unit. This year, we are also planning a poetry slam.  Here are some poems inspired by the slam, my students and the beautiful Spring weather.

 

Welcome to our first annual

And hopefully not our final

P@rt*ge P%#k Poetry Slam!

What is a slam? Is there a manual?

It is a showcase; a kind of revival.

Us Panthers are wordsmiths here at a jam.

 

We’ve come together to celebrate.

To share and perform, the poems we create.

Let’s think of it as a new Panther exam.

 

Our newly achieved art status took many hours.

Our school has many talents here to shower.

But we also are Panthers with powers;

Patient and

Honest,

Respectful and

Helpful.

But today especially Brave and Kind overpowers.

 

Some of us our roses who grew from concrete.

Others are patient scavengers waiting their turn.

In our classrooms weeks we’ve worked to compete.

Here and now accolades you’ve earned.

 

As they like to say, “Put your hands together.”

Make them cram and slam.

For your fellow Panthers and all of their jams.

For our first annual Poetry Slam!

 

Depressed and stressed…  you say

Wearing a mask to hide your true self…   you say

Ugly, fat, dumb, lazy…  you say

Overwhelmed, worthless, alone….  You say

 

Can I offer some advice?

 

You are not a lone satellite in space… I know

 

Your revolutions are on the same path as others….  I know

 

Your peers wear the same mask as you…  I know

 

Your feelings are normal, not one of a kind…  I know

 

Those overpowering emotions can’t be helped…  I know

 

It’s all a rite of passage, from little kid to adult…  I know

 

It’s biological and the end isn’t too far…  I know

 

There is a light at the end of the tunnel

Things will get better, all the bad will funnel

Your sun will rise and darkness will be muttled

All the pieces will fit into your puzzle

 

We’ve listened, lived, we learned.

…. We all know.

 

The misty fog blankets the early Spring morning

The dawn sun paints the clouds pink hues

The robins delight in their squirmy breakfast

The day awakens so bright, clear and crisp

The aroma comforts that Spring is here!

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