Category Archives: poetry


To my friend who chooses to shoulder the world,
For fear others will fall without his strength-

The world is not yours to shoulder.
You are merely one among multitudes.
Your strength lies in your care,
So too will your unnecessary demise,
If care is not taken for yourself.

The world continues on regardless
Of your constant tending ways.
Motives kept hidden, yet sadly transparent,
As dawn begins breaking again
In spite of desires to hide beneath light.

The world belongs majestically
To one and all, but you feel burdened,
By the cares of those surrounding
You, who fail or simply refuse
To shoulder their own burden.

The world belongs to you again
With no burden or shame.
Stand up, the strength exists.
Push through, the weariness will fade.
Begin to take back you again.

The world’s burdens will always exist.
Your choice lies in choosing those worth
The struggle,
And care.

-Angela Quiram, 2012

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First Love – Poetry

A challenge poem written for : ClownPonders’ Poetry Challenge First Love

First Love

Her eyes light up as the phone beeps,
Signaling a new text
From someone she calls–

Just a friend.

Carefully arranged hair slides down
Covering her eyes
To hide behind.

Her giggles build up
Quickly closed off
So as not to give away
Her newfound affection
For someone she calls–

Just a friend.

Cautiously optimistic she begins
Building a persona
One to fit in with him
And his friends.

A warning is given
Warning her not to lose herself
In the struggle to be
With someone she calls–

Just a friend.

Slowly, it seems, at first
Her mood and her character
Begin to meld and change
Molding herself into
Someone he can’t live without.

It isn’t very long
Before her time is taken up
And her focus is now on
Him, she now calls–

Her First Love.

– Angela Quiram, 2012

National Poetry Month (30) – Wrap Up

Yes, this is a few days late, but I wanted to wait until all the projects were completed and had some student feedback on what they thought of this year’s National Poetry Month happenings.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • I posted almost every single day, without failing! And most of the posts were well planned and relevant. LOL
  • Every student (except 3) earned huge points for their poetry projects! And the 3 who didn’t are no surprise.
  • One student wrote me a note saying how she hated poetry and wasn’t looking forward to National Poetry Month and the project, BUT after we had worked with poetry for a few weeks discovered she now has a new outlet for her feelings and her words!
  • Several students chose the project option to write a special poem to someone special and present it to them. These poems were thoughtful, powerful, and well received.
  • Many of my students, including those who are so shy they barely speak in class, went out into the public and passed out poems for National Poem in Your Pocket day.
  • Several students wrote meaningful poems to them and had them included on the morning announcements/school newspaper.

Some needed improvements:

  • Begin planning NOW for next year’s National Poetry Month. I cannot wait until the week before April to plan all the great stuff I have in my mind.
  • Work out a schedule of poems to be read/presented during lunches and announcements before April.
  • Work on a possible Poetry Slam contest–work with Forensics teacher on this.
  • Involve the whole school.
  • Get the National Poem in Your Pocket Day out in the community more.
  • Bring in a local poet.

I will be uploading poems written by my students soon!

Thanks for celebrating National Poetry Month 2012 with me!

National Poetry Month (29) – Create to Understand

Creation is the goal-

Each line, each word, syllable, and phrase

Becoming one piece

To solving the puzzle.

Work is the key-

Each page, each reading, try, and attempt

Showing the pieces

Becoming a whole.

Understanding is the outcome-

Each thought, each question, idea, and musing

Completing a picture

Made up of pieces.

-Angela Quiram 2012

National Poetry Month (28) – Taylor Mali

The the Impotence of Proofreading
by Taylor Mali

Has this ever happened to you?
You work very horde on a paper for English clash
And then get a very glow raid (like a D or even a D=)
and all because you are the word1s liverwurst spoiler.
Proofreading your peppers is a matter of the the utmost impotence.

. . .

to finish reading this great poem…click the title!

Mali. Taylor. “The the Impotence of Proofreading.” What Learning Leaves. Newtown, CT: Hanover Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN: 1-­‐887012-­‐17-­‐6)

Copyright © 2009 – 2012 – Taylor Mali – All Rights Reserved

National Poetry Month (27) – Book Spine Poetry

I stumbled across Book Spine poetry in my continued search for National Poetry Month activities.

I live in the future & here’s how it works
waste and want
In Pursuit of the Unknown

by Maria Popova from the Brain pickings

Silver dreams
Turn loose the angels
Among the hidden

from a student in Kreb’s Class

Augustus and his smile
A crooked kind of perfect
A risk worth taking
For love

by Suzanne Neumann from YALSA Hub Blogs

and…one from me:

The forgotten heroes
Blood memory
The king of torts
Public enemies
The forgotten garden
Civil war ghosts
The call of the wild
Case histories
The art of thinking
Pride and prejudice

by Angela Quiram

National Poetry Month (26) – Poem In Your Pocket Day!

Today is National Poem In Your Pocket Day!

My students and I have been playing with poetry all month long and today is a day we have been prepping for all month long. Students have been putting together displays, putting their own and other’s poetry into pocket size poems. Here are some images of the prep work and I will be adding more after my students have taken some pictures!

National Poetry Month (25) – Yours was the Face

Yours was the face I had etched onto my heart.
Not a skin deep visible tattoo
But, an indelible stain upon my soul.
One meant to stand the test of time.
An enduring legacy of what we built
Shared in lasting memories.

Yours was the face I had etched onto my heart.
An image of strength and protection
Filling my soul with peace.
The safety from which I could
Begin to experience the world outside
With no fear or regret.

Yours was the face I had etched onto my heart.
Little did I know the stain
Would become a painful memory.
Seared into my heart.
Lost in my soul.

Yous was the face.

-Angela Quiram 2012

National Poetry Month (24) – PIYP Preparations Continue

After calling for help from fellow bloggers yesterday to come up with ideas for poems to put into pockets on Thursday, April 26th-National Poem In Your Pocket Day, I had the following suggestions:

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Try, Try, Try by T.H. Palmer

I would I might Forget I am I by George Santayana

My students have found poems on the following themes:

  • Happiness
  • Spring
  • Kansas
  • Depression
  • Jealousy
  • Anger
  • Karma

Please continue sending your ideas my way! 🙂 We want to plaster our school and community with poems from all over.

National Poetry Month (23) – Heading Towards National PIYP

In preparation for this week’s National Poem in Your Pocket (PIYP), my students and I are busily preparing poems, bulletin boards, and selves to pass out poems to our school friends and those in the community.

I am calling on you all to help…if you have a poem you would like us to share (written by you OR one of you favorites from someone else) please leave a link or the poem in the comments. Thanks!