The Ocean is My Mom

Apr 26, 2009 by Lisa Newton

El océano es mi mamá

Le digo –asústame!- y cuando estoy caminando

Me avienta unas olas que me lastiman y unos

Tiburoncitos chiquitos.

Le digo hazme guapo y me viste con conchas,

alga marinas, estrellas de mar, y perlas brillantes.

Mi mamá es el océanoSeashell and Sand

Con la arena me abraza,

Con el agua me acaricia,

Y con el aire me da un beso.



The ocean is my mom.

I say to her, “Give me catfish to eat!”

I say, “Scare me”

And when I’m walking

She throws big waves and tiny sharks at

Me that hurt me.

I tell her, “Make me look handsome”

And she dresses me with sea shells,

Seaweeds, star fish, and shiny pearls.

My mom is the ocean,

With the sand she hugs me,

With the water she caresses me,

And with the air she kisses me.

By Fernando, 1st grade

This poem is featured as part of the 2009 A Poem A Day campaign, a National Poetry Month celebration by WITS that features a different poem by a WITS student every day during April.

Don’t forget today is the second and final day of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books being held at the UCLA campus. It’s an extraordinary literary event for book lovers of all ages and is featuring:

  • 50+ book and poetry readings
  • 300 booksellers
  • Hundreds of book signings
  • Dozens of live presentation and performances
  • If you’re Travelin’ Local today, the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books is family friendly. With events including storytelling, crafts, and costumed characters, it promises to be a fun filled day of celebration and surprise.

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    8 Responses to “The Ocean is My Mom”

    1. Lance says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Wow, that’s an impressive poem for a 1st grader! The ocean is profound in many ways – so much we can learn from her…

      Lance’s last blog post..Sunday Thought For The Day


    2. Denise says:

      I agree, that poem is amazing coming from one so young. I enjoyed your photo also. Great post!


    3. Lara says:

      Holy smokes- that is amazing. I couldn’t get my 1s graders to write their names on the top of their page much less a poem so moving!

      Lara’s last blog post..I love national cooking holidays.


    4. David says:

      That’s an amazing poem that would be hard pressed for even an adult to create.

      This kid is definitely destined for great things.

      Lisa, wonderful site redesign and display. I’m impressed.


    5. LisaNewton says:

      @ Lance I was also impressed, especially with the translation. There is a very large Hispanic population here, so it’s great to be able to share a little of their language.

      @ Denise Thanks………….:)

      @ Lara It just takes time. I’m sure they’ll come into their own very soon. We each have our own talents.

      @ David Thanks. I like this design, too. It took a while, but definitely well worth the time.


    6. Lisa's Chaos says:

      Holy cow everything looks different over here! Love the poem – just trying to get my bearings with your new look. :)

      Sorry I’m so far behind. :(

      Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Macro Monday – Playing with my food


    7. Henie says:

      It is amazing how the children are the most succint when it comes to matters of true and raw perceptions of life!

      Love it and the inspiration it ripples down! :~)

      Henie’s last blog post..When The Silken Cloth Unravels (#1)


    8. LisaNewton says:

      @ Lisa’s Chaos I hope you like the new look. I know I do. You’re not behind at all. I just did the changes two days ago…………:)

      @ Henie Yupp, I love the way kids say it like it is…………:)


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