Poems By Children

Little Poet at Poets House, children's poetry activities

The New York Listening Station

In the city I hear,
Laughing in the park,
The chu-chu of the train,
The alarm in my house,
Going on and on again.

Near the water I hear,
Ducks making that quack-quack,
Two boats making little splashes,
The waves making flashes.

In the sky I hear,
Aeroplanes cushing,
Birds chip chipping,
Eagles eeeeking.

In my house I hear,
My mama snoring,
My cereal cracking in the bowl,
The drums of rock and roll.

-Humza, age 3

From Saturday September 10, 2011’s Chrissie Gittins children's program

A thought comes from anywhere in the
water. You push a thought and sometimes
it goes by itself.
-Mohamed

Thoughts come from our imagination
and can be in the brain and our breath.
-Serafina

My thought move swirling and leaping.
-Miles

Thoughts come from anywhere;
the universe; the whole planet.
-Cormac

The bird thought about a thought
of a stone.
-Alex

I am having a thought that has a thought.
-Annie

My thoughts move diagonally to get to
other thoughts.
-Ngawang

A thought is something you want to happen.
-Ramon

My thought is looking at me
and it’s floating.
-Sarai

When we make up a thought they come
from our mind- then we create them again
and again. They move on the river of our
thoughts after it stops to pick up another
and another.
-Spence

My thought makes me feel like me
in the ocean.
-Annie P.

From Richard Lewis's We Are Rivers,
illustrated by Kathy Creutzburg, Touchstone Center Publications, 2012.