Anyone Can Be a Poet!

Anyone Can Be a Poet!

September 20, 2019 Reflections from Changemakers 67

What does Bonner mean to you? What is it like to serve at your site? How does it feel to do this work and be part of this community?

Put on your creative hat and answer these questions with a poem. Not sure what type of poem you want to write (Sonnet, limerick, haiku, acrostic, etc.)? Check out this link for some help!



67 Responses

  1. Bonner is my Family
    But even family runs deep.

    I’ve learned Mountain Mammas are stronger than any punch thrown in Lo’s Gym
    I’ve seen the LAW family go to war for people they love.
    I’ve learned that Blood is Red and Water is deep but it is
    COMPASSION that gets us ALL
    Finish Line

    #breakup with your #bonner – they need Dr. Nate and a whole lot of sKATE-ing


  2. Kathryn Casey says:

    We are here to learn
    We are here to serve

    With all the experience we earn
    We only build our nerve

    To take on the day
    And pave the way

    To a better tomorrow

  3. Harriet Koblenzer says:

    What does Bonner mean to you? What is it like to serve at your site? How does it feel to do this work and be part of this community?
    Opening the glass doors
    of Castle Island Bilingual Montessori
    I walk in, with my supervisor
    right there to great us with
    a great big smile.

    Running through my head,
    a new day to continue
    studying our school for getting
    accredited, imagining the day
    when we receive the stamp
    of approval.

  4. Ivory Moore says:

    Down at the Collaboratory, we are collaborative,
    Other Bonners and vistas are supportive,
    Music and residents fill up the streets
    The community stays alive through cultural beats.

  5. Meredith Payson says:

    ode to Green Tech

    Dear school of green-blooded boys,

    you strengthen this world and uphold the best standard
    you brighten Albany’s day with your wit and your banter
    you make classrooms like homes full of love and compassion
    Mrs. Aviza’s sons are the best, no capping
    I’m just learning the ropes about how all is done
    but with this team I’m sure, it will be fun
    From subbing to common app I’m sure you’ll succeed
    because your Green Tech Men and your blood bleeds Green

  6. Kevin Z says:

    New faces
    In the Region

  7. Kiara says:

    Service is fun
    Building community is never done

    Put on your service shoes
    And make a difference

  8. Pierre Dalce says:

    Wake up,
    Take a shower,
    Brush your teeth,
    Put on deodorant,
    Put on lotion,
    Put on clothes,
    walk out,
    go to service shuttle,
    (Repeat Tuesdays, Wednesday’s, Friday’s)

  9. Skylar Nijhawan says:

    Bonner Service leaders smile and work hard
    West Virginia, study abroad, academic support
    From blogs to trainings to even a grace card
    Bwbrs is where our hours go to report

    The morehouse is quiet and fun at the same time
    People in and out, printing and meetings
    Projects and programs, I’m just making this rhyme
    Everyone’s sweet and real nice with greetings

  10. Stephanie Da Fonseca says:

    I love service
    it’s the best part of my day
    i get in the car with frank
    we could talk all day

    When I get to United Tenants
    the time flies by
    so much to do
    its hard to say bye

  11. Brendan says:

    Benefiting the Community
    Organizational Skills
    Nice People!

  12. Tori Mangelli says:

    Dropped off at my site
    By my main man Larry
    Boy that traffic
    Was really hairy

    I love service
    And the children at my site
    They are super great
    And really polite

    B love is the motto
    I think I won the lotto
    With amazing program
    The better person I am

  13. Aedan says:

    (To be read with a sick beat box in the background)

    Am I in NExT?
    Am I in Bonner?

    It doesn’t matter,
    it is not worth it to ponder.

    I serve my community,
    and that alone is an honor.

  14. Nicole Pazarecki says:

    Bonner is…
    Worth it

  15. Nia Colon says:

    Boys and Girls Club is all fun and games
    Uno, Knockout and homework time
    Serve to make a difference

  16. Justin Kenyon says:

    I am a bonner therefore I must serve
    All day

  17. Maura Lynch says:

    Don’t yuck my yum
    We walk to our own drum

    Bonner is my jam
    It’s the best program

    I B-LOVE my friends
    We serve until the ends

    Heck ya

  18. Erin Spence says:

    Planting seeds to help others grow
    Finding passion through the highs and lows
    Creating change in the community
    Bonner will always be a family to me

  19. Kate says:

    GOOD morning SUN
    What a good day to have FUN

    WOOD is nice for buildings
    FOOD is nice for eating
    SOOD, Dr. Vinay is a gastroenterologist

    Sadly, this poem doesn’t rhyme but I know its okay because Bonners are helping with out community’s buildings at TRIP, food is being served at Catholic Charities pantries and homeless shelters, and future Marlie M.D. is helping ALH girls with health at the Whitney center!

  20. Mara Golden says:

    Be willing to put others before yourself

    Open-minded and always willing to learn from others

    Never gives up when pushed outside of their comfort zone

    Nice to everyone

    Everlasting love

    Reaches out to the community around them

  21. Chandler Edbauer says:

    Harvest and Mowing
    Simplicity and good food
    All are welcome here

  22. Samantha Lunt says:

    At my site there might be lice
    But I still go everyday
    Because I love what I do
    And that’s the Bonner way

  23. gingy spice says:

    youth and refugees
    the people i serve
    the ones i work every week to please
    its rarely easy
    but that’s not why we’re here
    to love and serve
    those who we hold near and dear

  24. Grace Harris says:

    my name is grace
    im not going to get in your face
    Bonner is what I do
    it makes me say WOO HOO
    I love the Girl Scouts
    even when they made me pout
    and I didn’t get any clout
    but I loved what I did
    and I miss those kids

  25. Kylie Gilbride says:

    Roses are red
    Violets are blue
    We love to serve
    Hopefully you do too 🙂

  26. Abeer Jafri says:

    Friends and family all in one
    Serving is just so much fun
    Giving back is what we do
    Holding hands with all of you
    I love the community I help
    With lots of joy we like to yelp
    All of our differences set aside
    Our actions make us swell with pride

  27. Sydney Maughan says:

    Bonner’s an organization, a community, a family.
    Working with others in the community to improve the lives of others.
    Giving back to society and yourself by going the extra distance.
    Gaining a sense of pride and passion for what you do.

  28. Hayley Pij says:

    But the sacrifice

    Is very worth it you see-

    You gain a family

    Not just some new friends

    But now a community

  29. Taylor says:

    Have you ever stepped foot in another person’s shoe?
    Or impacted someone’s life with something you do?
    If not you should go out and try it.
    Because the joy you feel, you just can’t deny it.
    What does Bonner mean to me?
    Walk into TRIP and you will see.

  30. Nancy Rasmussen says:

    Always together
    Reaching out and helping hands
    Spreading happiness

  31. Michael Averill says:

    I am a Bonner
    serving my community
    shoutout to Larry

  32. Service is reaching one step further

    Service is bigger than yourself
    Service is selfless

    Service is you
    Service is Me

    Together we serve
    Together we love

    We are Bonners

  33. Lulama Nyembe says:

    We have a charismatic leader who successfully and effortlessly manages much of the group’s activity.

    We arrive early on campus for our annual 8-day indoctrination ceremony for new members.

    We are often misunderstood because of our ‘with, not for’ mentality.

    We share a love that is exclusively for members.

    We spend most of our days surrounded by one another.

    We reflect almost excessively.

    And when it’s almost over, we struggle to picture a life outside of each other.

    We are…

    Bonner Service Leaders!


    Bonner to me is like a family
    That has taken me in no matter my nationality
    We are all different in personalities
    But at the end of the day we share the same qualities

    Some of us are loud
    Some of us don’t shout
    But the bonner bond is strong
    Each others differences is what we love the most


  35. Jack McKenna says:

    Soul Food.

    Release the ego and free the soul.
    We ALL deserve a bowl.

    People over profit.
    It’s not like building a rocket.

    “Work harder”, they say
    But without food there’s no way.

    “Pay more attention in school.”
    But we need food for fuel, that’s the golden rule.

    No man above the rest.
    We all deserve the best, I do protest.

    When we see there is nothing to be gained from greed.
    We can plant the seed, and learn to feed.

    Release the ego and free the soul.

  36. Jamie del Rosario says:

    Buddies, anchors, mentors
    Timecards, paychecks, BWBRS

    West Virginia, Summer Gear Up, international
    Casual, business casual, business professional

    River stories, talking circles, skyzone
    Capstone, capstone, capstone

    If you know, you know

  37. Dana Wakeman says:

    B- Bonners serving throughout the Capital Region

    L- Learning about social justice issues at home and abroad

    O- Observing our sites to make a sustainable change

    V- Vowing to make waves, spot their passion, and be agents of change

    E- Envisioning a more just world for all

  38. Marykate Del Gais says:

    Everyday we grow
    Our service has no limits
    Experience of a lifetime

  39. Tristan Hunzinger says:

    Real life
    Exceeds expectations!

  40. Andraya Perez says:

    Service is love,
    Making human connections,
    Growth for self and other

  41. Amelia Butler says:

    Beliving that your actions truly make a difference
    Loving your Bonner family and supporting them each and every day
    Optimistically taking on whatever challenges come your way
    Valuing the experiences unique to each site
    Encouraging each other when things get tough

  42. Isabella Barone says:

    Bold Bonners bring boisterous B-Love to brand new sites
    Old Bonners have sworn their oaths to be open and ooze honesty
    New Bonners make nice friends and noteworthy pals
    Noble Bonners near dozens in numbers
    Every Bonner earns their 1800 hours easily
    Real Bonners are radiant, rational, and remarkable.

  43. Cody Romani says:

    Be comfortable with the uncomfortable
    Only love
    New challenges and experiences
    Never forget that you are not alone
    Excitement during service
    Readily giving back to the community

    Love you all 🙂 <3

  44. Marlie Frisco says:

    Making an impact each day
    Spreads Bonner love in new fabulous ways.

    Volunteering awakens my heart
    I will never be apart
    From service
    It’s a great start.

    Sustainability is my passion
    Dress it up or down its my fashion.


  45. Alexis D'Aloia says:

    Bonners, bonners everywhere!
    Thinking about skipping service?
    Don’t you dare!

    We are a family, some say B-LOVE,
    Always there for each other
    When push comes to shove.

    In Albany, Troy, all the way to Cohoes,
    Our sites are not near
    But we’ll always remain close.

    Wednesday night meetings are always so great,
    Friends everywhere at friday session,
    Academic support… don’t be late!

    From Unity House on to RISSE,
    It’s been tough to say my goodbyes.
    New experiences happening everyday,
    I’m glad Katie is there for me every step of the way!

    (Don’t ask me what kind of poem this is… I just made it rhyme)

  46. Abby Hoekman says:

    Service with a smile
    Winds of change always present
    United we stand

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