Poetry Adventure #2: Saying Without Saying. What am I?

Community, National Poetry Month 2021 / Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Adventure 2: Saying Without Saying. What am I?

Poems can also be like riddles.They can be used to talk about ideas and people in ways that are hidden.

They might be hidden because of safety, or because you want to make a connection between two things that seem different but really aren’t…sometimes, even for fun.

 Example Poem #1

“I come from under the hill, and under the hills and over the hills my paths led. And through the air, I am he that walks unseen.

I am the clue-finder, the web-cutter, the stinging fly. I was chosen for the lucky number.

I am he that buries his friends alive and drowns them and draws them alive again from the water. I came from the end of a bag, but no bag went over me.

I am the friend of bears and the guest of eagles. I am Ringwinner and Luckwearer; and I am Barrel-rider.”

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again


Example Poem #2

so much depends


a red wheel


glazed with rain


beside the white



“The Red Wheelbarrow “
William Carlos Williams


Example Poem #3


Yo wo komete


tori no sora-ne wa


hakaru tomo


yo ni Afusaka* no


seki wa yurusaji

Sei Shōnagon 清少納言 (b. 965? − ?)
a lady-in-waiting from the Kiyohara clan


Write a poem about someone or something hidden. Maybe someone you care about, or a feeling you have that you don’t often discuss.

Don’t mention the usual name of this subject. Instead write a poem that uses other objects, other images, other names, to let people know about it in a different, even secret, way.

Important Note: Your poetry is your own. So please don’t worry. Some students will choose share work, and others will not. If you prefer not to share you work with the class, that is always fine.