Successful Student Poems: Kindergarten through Second Grade

Poems featured here also appear in the 2017 volume of Cascadia, OPA’s student poetry journal.

Sky

Stars are like the sky
The sky is like the sun
The sun is like the moon
The moon is everything

Lucy Anderson
Beverly Cleary School, Portland: Second Grade
Tricia Barry, Teacher

Poetry

Poetry is beautiful
Like the thoughts you come up with
Your voice is like the wind
That blows around
But you don’t know where
It comes from

Eleanor Black
Beverly Cleary School, Portland: Second Grade
Tricia Barry, Teacher

Starfall

One star falls
More trickle down
From the sky
A star
Brighter than the moon
Streaking through the sky

Hold your hands out
And gaze at the stars
Shooting stars
Brighter than the moon
Beyond the earth

Not a sound
Just the breezing wind
Wish on a star
And make a dream

Wind bristling, cars in the distance
Nature around you
Not just life around you
God is too
He’s lighting your path

Antonio del Solar
Beverly Cleary School, Portland: Second Grade
Tricia Barry, Teacher

My House

My house creaks
Like a troubled man
Waiting for his supper
At night he slowly groans
Like he cannot sleep
In the day he watches the youngsters
As they ponder and play
In the evening he watches the sunset
When all the warm colors
Are dancing and diving
Through the sky

Bradan Lasse
Beverly Cleary School, Portland: Second Grade
Tricia Barry, Teacher

Fireworks

Fireworks
Scream
Like annoying sisters.
Their arms are round
like the packets.
Their face is grey
like the concrete.

Eliott Polzin
Beverly Cleary School, Portland: Second Grade
Tricia Barry, Teacher

Horses and Me

Horses’ soft manes
Horses’ white tails
As light as a snowflake
As light as a feather

They gallop in the wind
So gracefully
Horses and me

Quinn Louise Wilson
Woodland Charter School, Grants Pass: First Grade
Emma Bartelt, Teacher

They did look funny
River otters were playing
I like otter’s play

Roger Wood
Homeschooled, Salem: Kindergarten
Sophia Wood, Teacher