Peer Groups: Students' Work - Poems
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Howard the Coward
There was a boy
His name was Howard
Some mean classmates called him Coward
They always called him names at school
And always said "You're such a fool."
- Which wasn't cool
This bullying turned really bad
"You're ugly, you're fat"
That's what they said
Certainly, it made him mad
But Howard was strong and brave and he
Always knew what he wanted to be
He just wanted to feel happy and free
He was a boy like you and me
But the bullies felt nothing but glee
Howard luckily never gave in
He didn't mind the length of his chin
He didn't mind the color of his skin
And he didn't mind that he wasn't thin
'Cause to be yourself is not a sin
And one day he just started to grin
There was a boy, his name was Howard
And he has never been a coward
(author: S., girl, Germany)
A Poem about Friends
I am so glad that I have them
They always help me with my problems
The same for them I will do too
Yes, they are my best friends
And I do want no other friends.
Because I feel so proud with them
With them I always forget my problems
They make me laugh every day
Even though I’m angry or sad
I can trust them all my secrets
And I’m sure that they won’t tell it
I won’t tell their secrets, too
We have always helped each other
That’s what friends are really for
(author: N., girl, Germany)
I Often Have Bad Dreams at Night
I often have bad dreams at night
Because although we’re friends we fight.
I lie in bed and cannot sleep,
And sometimes loudly start to weep.
I think about what’s happened here,
My eye is clouded by a tear.
This feeling’s strange, that is right,
You were so callous on that night!
You think I’m stubborn and forlorn,
But that I’m really already torn,
You cannot see it, you are blind,
You think I’m cruel and you are kind.
I hope that soon I’ll be alright,
A few more days can end our fight.
It is so bad that we don’t speak,
Ignore each other for a week,
But here and now we have to say,
That we will never go away
Without the other, that’s for sure,
So our friendship’s always pure.
(authors: M. and A., girls, Germany
I Will Be Your Girlfriend
I will be your girlfriend,
But will you also be my boyfriend?
Yes you will,
My world stands still.
You were the best that happened to me
I thought, there is a we
Much goes wrong
But I stay strong
I believe that it will be better
That’s why I’m writing you this letter
I’m writing all my feelings down
But when you read it you’ll act the clown.
I felt so sad as you told me that you don’t love me anymore …
(author: L., girl, Germany)
Once There Was This Lovely Girl
Once there was this lovely girl
who was lonely more and more.
She always thought,
No one liked her
and what she did.
So she became numb.
He always knew her,
Wanted to know more about her.
She was sad and thought
It was a nice thought,
she wouldn't have this problem
So she planned her suicide
on a winter evening:
She was going to jump down the bridge
and never have to be alone.
She wouldn't feel so bad and maybe
he would recognize the gap
and wouldn't know her feelings about him.
He would find his princess and she
wouldn't have to see them.
She would just lie there under the bridge,
her body would be frozen and she
would be numb.
Maybe someone would find her,
the news would tell the story
and the lovely boy would see her corpse in a coffin.
Maybe he would remember her as the outsider.
but maybe he wouldn't know her,
maybe he wouldn't realize the gap in the class
so that no one would have any problems with her death.
School was out. Only some hours now
until she died.
She just went back to see him the last time.
He came to her with a smile on his face.
She just stared at him.
He came closer, she was fascinated
by his beauty so that
she had to smile back.
He asked her for her name and told her
that he had watched her for a long time before
he'd had the courage to ask her for her name.
She was really lovely, smelling like a rose.
They went to the park together and
decided to learn more about each other.
He told her about his thoughts, and her suicide plan
(authors: M., girl, and D, boy, Germany)
We have been best friends,
will never forget each other,
you have given me a change
to show that I’m your friend.
I like that you are honest,
and when you were upset,
I helped you every time,
And you did the same for me.
We are like two strong magnets,
Together we have done a lot,
But we have never quarreled,
It's friendship all the time.
'Trust': the word means much,
it’s never been abused,
it’s very important for you,
like me, so our secrets we tell.
You have been very honest,
And really my best friend,
And even if we've changed,
Our friendship never does.
So nothing can split us in two.
If someone says, 'You are cruel',
You know the person is a fool,
And that is why I like you.
(author: S., girl, Germany)
What Is a Friendship?
Once someone asked me do I know what a friendship is.
I wanted to answer, but suddenly I was lost in thoughts..
In head I had void, I don’t know what to answer
but one person told me:
If you want to know what a friendship is
you must see where the magic is stuck
and if you have such a person
who gives you a sign when you’re doing something wrong
and keeps your secrets
then you can be sure that it is a sign of friendship.
(author: M., girl, Poland)
It was a place.
Exceptional place in which was no shadow.
Sunshine uncovered nothingness around us.
No people, no images, no sounds.
Only sun … which didn't allow us
to look at the sky.
There, minutes seemed like hours.
The best were seconds ...
In those seconds the entire world and my small problems
were somewhere far, far away.
We were children.
I looked at your smile.
It was beautiful.
The most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
It is a place.
Although it doesn't exist now,
I come back there every time.
Why? - You know.
It reminds me of you
Because I love you, my friend.
(author: E., girl, Poland)
Do You Remember Me?
Do you remember how together we made a tent from blankets?
How we were out , always too late home?
Do you remember our memorable New Year’s Eve?
Our board games playing sessions?
Our cookies and other pastries baking?
Our walking on the hills, climbing trees, nightly rollerblading?
A peekaboo, a hop-scotch or badminton playing?
Our recorded song or making paper airplanes and their throwing them from the balcony?
Do you remember?
And do you remember how the music joined us?
How Kurt Cobain and Axl Rose joined us?
Do you remember, now? Still nothing?
Do you remember how we get to know each other by Guns N' Roses song
'Welcome to the Jungle'?
Do you remember me?
(author: S., girl, Poland)
You'll Never Be Mine
I don't know anything about you,
I only think about you around ten hours a day
even though you don't know who I am.
I don't know if I'll ever be yours,
but you appear in my life day by day,
and I don't know why
if you are very different from who I am.
I know a beautiful girl who likes you,
she talked to me today
and she is very nice,
not like I am,
because I'm very shy
and I won't be able to greet you,
although I've never met someone like you.
I know you don't like me,
so it doesn't matter the way I am
you'll never be mine.
(author: M., girl, Spain)
Who Is a True Friend?
Who is a true friend ???
This is a person who always helps me when I feel bad,
This is a person who supports me when I am in trouble,
This is a person who is always with me when I need her,
This is a person whom you can trust and tell everything,
This is a person who is always honest even if it hurts.
You know who a true friend is?
A friend is like a diary which you can tell everything,
A friend is like a mother who always helps you,
A friend is like a priest who always listens to you,
A friend is like an angel who always advises you,
A friend is like light which always enlightens you.
(author: M., boy, Poland)
No More Silly Love Poems
true or false?
When someone gets in your mind
you can't have thoughts of any kind.
You feel like love is what you got,
and your mind just does not work.
Only when your heart was broken
and when you thought all was over,
when your heart feels like it's just one slice,
is that time when you realise
that it wasn't love at all,
because love is nothing more
than a stupid invention for people,
who believe in romance, that's all.
I want no more silly love poems,
so more hearts won't be broken
like mine was once.
People can still have another chance.
Think about that.
If love was real,
we'll just find our other half,
discovering that love isn't real
would also be part of that deal.
If anything goes bad
and your mate decides to break up,
you’ll think nothing else matters
if your so called "love" goes with another.
If that happens to you,
you have just one thing to do:
get stronger everyday
and don't think about what people say.
You're better on your own
and just feel proud to say it out loud.
Forget all those silly love poems,
because nothing is real in them,
and you'll just get hurt again.
(author: L., girl, Spain)
Together no one can stop us,
you’re the one I do trust.
Together we can talk about everything,
with you it’s never boring.
Together we go shopping in the mall,
And you’ll catch me if I fall.
Together we are so much stronger,
so our friendship gets longer and longer.
Together we help each other,
I am like your mother.
I like you and I hope you know,
because you are my little bro’.
Together we are so much better,
and I know our friendship lasts forever. ♥
(author: A., girl, Germany)
Poems from Turkey
(author: D., girl, Turkey)
(author: Ö., girl, Turkey)
(author: T., Turkey)
(author: E., girl, Turkey)
(author: B., Turkey)