Sample Animal Poem

From SiteIPLTeenPoetryWiki

Siamese Fighting Fish by Jason Benn1


The fish glides gracefully across the tank

His unblinking eyes stare bold and blank

His fantail flaps like a flag

Proud in his rainbow-plated armor

he hovers majestically over a sea of gem-like gravel

Then, instinctively, it arches into a warrior's stance

With one swift movement it lunges at its prey

After viciously tearing it apart

it feasts on its remains like a barbarian


  1. Tsujimoto, J. (1988). Teaching poetry writing to adolescents. ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, National Council of Teachers of English: Urbana, IL.