Free To Write

Last week’s lesson was based on a workshop created fellow Poet-In-Residence Timothy Rey. This lesson was pretty different from many others we’ve done, but Carver students were kind and open to the process. After checking in, we began our session with a meditation. I played a short guided meditation track for students as we all settled into the space for a few minutes. Next, students shared their experiences. Some students enjoyed it, and were also open about the fact their minds wandered. After the meditation, students did a free write. One student shared that the poem they wrote was inspired by something their mind wandered off to during meditation, and we chatted about how sometimes, stillness can lead to inspiration. Check out one of the poems below:


September 10th

by Olivia P.

To your early 2000s haircut

To your nonchalant attitude,

To you being quiet but loud,

To your pretty brown eyes,

To your barely there dimples,

To your knee-weakening smirk,

To you,

Annoyingly composed attitude,

To the eye contact you hold with me,

To your rolled-up sleeves,

To the smile you give me when you

know I’m talking about you,

To you.



“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.