“and I don’t know when I’ll be”: Meditation Poems and Free Writes

Students participated in a short meditation and breathing exercise. I read them I Close My Eyes by David Ignatow.  After the meditation, they were asked to write whatever came to mind. Classwork was conducted in silence.  Daydreaming and even boredom were encouraged!

Lesson Note: “Boredom heightens daydreaming because moments of boredom resemble sleep.  Each inhale and exhale become part of the experience. When the mind finds itself in an interlude of rest, synapses connect in different ways, and new thoughts are formed. The listener creates his or her own harmony in the space, just as our minds [might] fill boredom with a story or observation, or memories to escape the boredom.  Mysteries abound in the time we’re not ‘entertained.’ “–Pep Talks for Writers (2017)  by Grant Faulkner: Executive Director of National Novel Writing Month.

Ms. McClain, Group 309

by Tayveon F.

When I was little, I always wanted to be my
best in any sport. I played. I love being active
and playing sports. When I was little, I used to
play volleyball, basketball, football, baseball, etc. Ever since I was little, my ego was
always high no matter what. If I never played the sport,
my ego would still be high. no matter what I’m playing my ego will and
would stay high. Growing up I had an
older brother. I and played baseball and
football together on the same team and in different leagues. I always
wanted to be better at everything than my brother ’cause I’ve always
looked up to him. Yeah, me and my brother fight a lot
but at the end of the day he’s my brother
and I’m always glad when he’s around. Soon, I’m gonna
be in the same high school as him, but in different buildings, but
we’ll always be close no matter
what happens he’s always and forever going to
be my brother.

by Walter D.

I thought of trees and lakes. I saw
a valley and lots of sunlight. I felt like
I was a bear just waking up from its natural habitat
I felt like I belonged in nature
and lived in the mountains
I felt like I had a really strong
connection between the trees and myself. That’s all I really saw.
But the AC felt like a fresh breeze.

Ms. Cavey, Group 303

by Zoe M.

The whole meditation
about my future self
I was supposed to picture her in my head
but no one came out

For I don’t know my future
from my next day to my last
and I don’t know what I’ll do
when the future comes out of rest4
It has not been decided. It has not been known.

My future self will only come when my future’s figured out.

Nobody knows the future, so why think so far ahead?
The only time that matter is now is what will come next
The next choice, and the next second is my only worries now
and I don’t know when I’ll be my future self.

by Ayla R.

This is my free-write. I’m going to talk about fears. one
of my biggest fears is space. Space is huge. Just knowing
that a literal asteroid can hit at any moment
is terrifying. And don’t even get me started on black holes,
what if they just sucked in the earth. And the scarier
thing is that no one knows what will happen. In fact,
no one knows anything about space, but anyways,
enough about space. Let’s talk about the ocean.
Seaweed is one of my biggest fears.



“Writing poetry makes me feel like I can see myself, like I can see my reflection, but not in a mirror, in the world. I write and I know I can be reflected.”
-Oscar S.

“Writing poetry makes me feel free.”
-Buenda D.

“Writing poetry is like your best friend.”
-Jessica M.