“I saw happiness /not emptiness I felt loved/ not only.”: Meditation and Blackout Poems

Younger students made Blackout Poems, and older 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. Swinehart, 3rd Grade. Blackout Poems by: Shane L, jazzari b., Antonio G.



Ms. Williams, 5th Grade

Meditation Free Write
by Marcus W.

As I meditate, I see light
towards the sun, then I skip
all the way to the light
and I saw a figure, then
I woke as it fades away I wake
and it was a dream, and he said light is
always the answer

Meditation Free Wright
by Aalayah D.

I want to go home
and take a nap and
watch tik toc
and go outside and to the
park and get a snowcone and
play outside with my friends
and godsister and godbrother and
have fun and go to the store.

Mr. Peachey, 7th Grade

Meditation Free Write
by Darius R.

Here I am sitting, the grass
looking at the clouds in
the sky. Sitting there for
hours, looking at the clouds which
look like hearts and flowers
looking for a purpose my purpose
why am I here? Sat there
wondering hours flew and flew
as kept staring and looking
for my purpose.

Meditation Free Write
by Jada M.

1. i think music makes me very
calm. music brings me anger
ou. Being in the dark makes
me calm to like in the dark
By myself with music in my
eyes playing not hearing
anything with my eyes
closed and & lying down.

Ms. Turner, 6th Grade

Meditation Free Write
by Antonio F.

One day a boy maned
Antonio wanted to go
to the NBA. He worked
harder and pushed himself
kept his grades up and kept
on working. Antonio never listened
to nobody only his Mom
as he kept working, he got
better and better. His first
the game he won, and he kept working
and working next week he was
preparing for his next game.
In his second game he and his
team won they kept winning which
lead them to the playoffs.

by Serenity R.

I was not feeling well
so I wanted to meditate
I played some meditation music
I laid my head down and
went to sleep I woke up to
feel better, and I did I started
to chill and after that I found
myself feeling better.

Ms. Williams, 5th Grade

This Is What Is On My Mind
by Keenan D.

Nothing is on my mind I’m
calm, and I was mad but now
I am calm I feel good and
HAPPY. I did not want to

do anything, but I am OK.

Meditation Poem
by Chyna P.

I close my eyes
to see nothing
but darkness
try to sleep
but woke up.
Open my eyes
I see color
I see light
I didn’t see
I saw happiness
not emptiness
I felt loved
not only.



“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.