Blackout Poetry / Poem

In March last year I wrote this blog post about blackout poetry. I’ve explained what blackout poetry is in that post, so if you’re interested you can find out there. (You could also google black out poetry and you’d find a bunch of cool images.)

For today’s Creative Friday I thought I’d post some blackout poetry I’ve been writing this morning.

What I like about blackout poetry is, because of the confinement in a page of writing not your own, you find yourself discovering poems you might never have written otherwise. For instance, even in using a different tense or point of view to what you might usually write. I think sometimes challenges like this can bring out more creativity because you have to think outside the box and in ways you haven’t necessarily done before.

I also like that I can take a book and give it a longer life. I only tend to use books I would be getting rid of, so it’s nice for them to have another use.

Here is the poem I wrote this morning, one I wouldn’t have written without the novel.

The river, the river

Carries the rain,

But the rain will never stop falling.

Out of the window I see the puddles

And a duck in the mud,

I can’t take my eyes off it.

It’s looking to the side

Waiting to return to the water,

Struck by the drops that give life.

Something I love about this poem is that in the novel, the word ‘duck’ wasn’t being used as the animal, but as a verb. It’s actually incredibly satisfying to take one piece of creative writing and turn it into something else completely.

I did write a few poems, and will continue to write more, but for now I’ll just post this one. I’ll share the others in future Creative Fridays, I’m sure.

Sarah xx

P.S. The book I used for this blackout poetry is An Advertisement For Toothpaste by Ryszard Kapuscinski.

By Sarah

My name is Sarah and I’m a twenty three year old who loves Jesus first and foremost, finds joy in the simple things, and appreciates a good metaphor and oxford comma.

I blog three times a week at

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