Poetry Workshop for Kids

On July 18, 2011, poet and children’s book author Janice Harrington presented a poetry workshop for children at the Douglass Branch Library. Here are some of the poems written by attendees that day.

I Am Poem

I am yummy brownies
I am practice makes perfect
I am Lil’ J, Meja
I am Macheila

By Macheila, age 10

Summer Fun

Kids are playing everywhere
People swim in the pools
There is fun here and there
For you and for me
Summer fun is everywhere

By Macheila, age 10

Honey, I Love

Inspired by Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield

I love the way the soccer ball flies
I love the way we pass the ball back and forth
I love the way my team kicks a goal
Honey, I love making goals

By Macheila, age 10

Honey, I Love

Inspired by Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield

I love hot dogs, school, playing, reading,
thinking, sports, houses, lights, darkness
God, and most of all, my life

By Kevin, age 7

Summer

Summer is hot, smelling burnt hot dog,
and having rainy days, getting really sweaty,
thirsty to death, and please have an end to
the big sunny days, eating popsicles,
ice cream too, playing outside, getting hot hot hot
then popsicles cold cold cold, brain freeze,
having the best day ever

By Kevin, age 7

Summer

Temperatures rising.
Kids running around with friends.
Some decide to stay in the air conditioned house.
Poor flowers, nowhere to go but stay in the sun.
Humid air, especially after a short shower.
Many gone on vacations before school starts.
Children taking advantage to play while they have time.
Summer comes and goes quick like a popsicle melting in the sun.

By Joy, age 12

Mariya is happy
A pig
Run
Ice
Yo-Yo
A Girl

By Mariya, age 8

Janice N. Harrington

Janice Harrington; photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths