The school year is nearly over. This morning, we went to Noah’s class breakfast, which celebrated the end of 4th grade. While we groggily sipped our coffee and ate our baked goods, we also got to see a lot of Noah’s school work from the past couple of months.  His hand-drawn map of Colonial America was great and his science folder was well-organized, but his poetry journal is just fantastic…and absolutely MUST be shared.

So, unedited, the following are a sampling of poems by Noah…

An Alphabet Pyramid



Mellow Marker

Marker Marker Mocks

Mellow Marker Mocks Mythically

A Poem in the style of Langston Hughes

In Time of Frosty Snow

In time of frosty snow

I see a village

covered in frosting

The smell of maple

Syrup steels my nose

In time of frosty snow

I see a chanukia

In a window

And a Christmas

Tree as bright as

The stars in the night sky

A loud steam engine

Roars its way by

The horse drawn sleigh

Rings its way by

And the kids

Come out to


In the time of frosty snow

I feel

Like an angel

An angel

An angel



Red and Salty

Always rushing around

Coming out of a big red scrape


Poems in the style of William Carlos Williams


I went on your

computer and


erased your


I knew it was

tomorrow but

I did it anyway

Forgive me

it was fun.

and the

laptop was

so cool.



The produce section


Trader Joe’s is where


begs to get out

of their packages

which shine like

A brand new lightbulb

Old Pizza

Pizza with old trout

the smell of rotten sourkraut

my nose is really scrunching up

my face looks like a wrinkled lump

Tomato sauce is starting to ooze

I smell the smell of worn out shoes

it’s even worse than rotten dairy

and highly toxic, so DO NOT CARRY!