Spontaneous Classroom Poetry

14 Jun
9 syllables per line? Who cares.

9 syllables per line? Who cares. Also, the entire poem is true except for the last line.

I just had one of my favorite classes ever: instead of writing boring business English-y things for our last day, we got a little creative. We started off with a group story-writing activity, where everyone started writing a story beginning with “It was a dark and stormy night.” Then, after four minutes, we passed our masterpieces down the row, and the next student continued it.

My story began with a nuclear apocalypse and ended with cannibalism. Of course.

In another story, a man had the power to make people’s clothes fly away in a gust of wind. He made one woman’s clothes vanish, and then… DUH DUH DUHHHH… her husband showed up! In a phenomenal twist, the man made his clothes disappear as well, and they all disappeared into the sunset holding hands.

Next, we did our very best writing limericks. Surprisingly, none of my students could really count syllables very well, but they had some solid poems. My favorite was one that praised how wonderful of a teacher I am and ended with “So please let us go to lunch now.” How could I say no to that?

I also created some works of poetic art, describing my last days in China.


My last days are all complication,

Which overwhelm me with vexation.

Too much shit to do,

I don’t have a clue

How to handle this trepidation.


Noodles, barbecue, fish smelly meats,

Donkey, pig noses, and chicken feets.

I love this city

Oh, what a pity

That I will leave behind all these treats!


Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Tianjin, University


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2 responses to “Spontaneous Classroom Poetry

  1. swarna shanmugalingam

    August 20, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I can remember still how I started to write one in classroom
    ‘It was a wet gloomy night.” my teacher praising me for it. Still to be remembered.

  2. swarna shanmugalingam

    August 20, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Reblogged this on sueshan123.


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