Portola Valley First Graders

Portola Valley First Graders in Ms. Ivana Hansen and Ms. Monica Gojcaj’s class wrote every line in their collaborative poem, “Woodland Poem,” which appeared in the anthology, I Have a Dream: Inaugural Poems for a New Generation (2021). Each student contributed a couplet.

Poem on Belonging

WOODLAND POEM

You can put anything 
on the magic paper

Shining sun
Pollen for bugs

Flying in the water
Eating fish

Cold yummy
Ice cream

I love watermelons
On a hot summer day

Sunny days
Play catch

Skraps like little 
Vagume cleeners

Peeps are yummy
Nature is awesome

The beautiful white petals
Are like unicorn mane

The keys on the piano
Are sparkling like bubbly water 

I see a sparkling sunset
With the colors green and purple

Rain falls
The deer look for shelter

She looks like a wild fox
She runs like no one’s there

This leaf is ripped
Like a broken wing

Can you love, love?
Yes, everyone can love, love.

Some are easy
Some are hard

Family is all healthy
Heart is full like a cheerful bird

When my mom is not around
I feel very lonely

My dog 
Needs lots of love

My dog
Likes to eat my food

I see myself
There’s a copy of me

It looks
Like white and pink cotton candy

It looks like
A sunset could be a tree

Copyright © 2021 by Ms. Ivana Hansen and Ms. Monica Gojcaj for their first grade students. Used with permission of the authors.