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So Much Depends Upon...

sixteen-word imagery poems
to inspire stories and poems

The writing of author Sharon Creech and poet William Carlos Williams is inspiring student writers to try new techniques with the traits of voice and word choice. Join us in teaching (and adapting) this on-line lesson and sharing your students' work.

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Student Samples: Early Elementary

You Will Never Know
by Kamryn, second grade writer

So much depends upon
chocolate fudge hunks of
cake with ice cream
with thick yummy frosting

also with a bunch of
M & Ms on top with
yellow and green gumballs too
with cherry red and orangey orange

Sugar Daddies and Sugar Babies
with candy balloons too
I'm sorry it's so deliciously yummy
You will never know.

That I am Alive

by Stephen, second grade poet

So much depends upon
a kiss upon my
cheek to take a
safe breath each day
to wake up in the morning
and remember to be thankful
that I am alive
and may God hold us in his hand.


Life on this Planet
by Blake, third grade poet

So much depends upon
The steaming hot sun
The earth's crust breaking
Life on this planet
Without these three gleaming stars
In the sky
We would be nothing
Nothing at all
Just ash floating upon space
Waiting for a new planet
I know this because it is coming
From this day forward consider this
Watch your back

(Click here to view and print these three early elementary So Much Depends Upon poems)

Student Samples: Upper Elementary

by Cassy, fifth grade poet

So much depends upon
Love, life and feelings,
Feelings that affect others
Open eyes, open heart,
Open mind...keep kind
Who said life didn't
New life...new death
All have their rewards
Occasions change
Life is gone


The Little Blue Boat
by Taylor, fifth grade poet

So much depends
A little blue
Taking me to
And many new
New sights, smells, and waves of
Solvable mysteries
Every day so unpredictable and with
A future ahead
Twists and turns, new friendships, and creations
Fear nothing and always look ahead
Keep trying, don't look back and
Keep an eye out for the little blue boat.

Student Samples: Middle School

So Much Depends Upon
by Romeo, sixth grade poet

So much depends
Upon inspiration
Eyes so curious
So watchful and alert
Curious eyes always moving
Entering, retaining images
Ears listening always alert
Willing to listen and learn
Our nose picks up smells and judges aromas
Smells as sweet as sugar cubes
Sour just like lemonade
All of these senses help
Your mind burst
With imagination and
That my friend is the
Everyday duty of


by Amy, seventh grade poet

So much depends upon
The silver moon wolf
Running swiftly through the trees
Never forgetting his destiny
With a pelt full of luminous colors
And his eyes deep with wisdom
He carries with him a heavy burden
One that will affect his pack and forest
One that will affect the earth itself
Around his neck lies a necklace
Strung with onyx beads of holiness
With a statue of a moon goddess
Holding a parcel within her hands
Running through fields of sorrow
He keeps going
For he knows
He knows that his destiny
Will hold mysterious effects
For him
His pack
And the world itself.

(Click here to view and print Amy and two of her classmates' So Much Depends Upon inspirations)


Leaving Me
by Auston, eighth grade poet

So much depends on
A sweet, gentle kiss,
A hand to hold,
And someone to miss.
The departure
Of a loved one
Tears you apart
And makes you want to run,
Away, from home,
Family and friends.
My love for her
Never ends.
I give her my love.
In this poem
I show her my love.

Student Samples: High School

by Brittany, eleventh grade poet

So Much Depends Upon
The small gold speck
Ripped from the ground
Beside the broken stone
Where it all lays and everyone
wants it, arguing over material
possessions, the golden key, which
is only hers, in the ground where
no one treads, only one of us
knows what it is for, and they aren’t
talking until I stopped the arguing. I
got the key where it had been
missing and the answer was unity.
I read the will about all her
possessions found in her gray box.


by Mike, twelfth grade poet

So much depends

A sleep swept

Polluted with midnight

Entrancing its inspired

Supporting one’s whole

With bright breathing

Spurting springs of

Take it all

Just breathe, just

(Click here to view and print Mike and six of his classmates' poems)

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