Quiet Poems: “For one minute, just hush…”

For our first session back after Spring Break, we had a few new faces join our 7th and 8th graders. We read The Quiet Machine, a prose poem, by Ada Limón and talked about the places and activities that bring us a sense of peace and calm. Students then wrote their own poems and played with using the prose poem structure to talk about an emotion or state of being. Enjoy this week’s poets! 


Loudness of the Opera

Kurtis E.

8th Grade


When the voices and noise hit my ears

it’s like my life turned into an enclosed

opera. People talk so loud. Why are their 

voices reaching towards me. It’s as if they’re 

trying to belt that high F. Soles of the shoes, 

type of the key, and ringing of the class bell. 

Remind me of the cello, violin, and the flutes. 

It’s their time to shine, operas in 4-D.


Why is this so overwhelming, take your

bow, leave the room. Don’t wait 

on the stage crew, cue Phantom of

the opera and Carmen, perform at once. 

Their loudness makes me anxious. 

For one minute just hush, stop the 

opera, like your loud voice and noise. 


This Is The Place

Kai -Ying B. 

8th Grade


This is the place I go to be alone

To think about all of my choices and 

to be quiet. I love this place, this place

is my bedroom. No one can know, no one

can be here, it’s like my little secret. My 

little woman cave, it’s that because it’s 

my peace. It’s where all my dreams and 

hopes come true and this is why I love

my quiet space. 




“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.