Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT April 28th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session!

Our text for this session was the poem If I Should Come Upon Your House Lonely in the West Texas Desert” by Natalie Diaz, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was to begin your writing with the phrase “you will remind me…”

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Please join us for our next session Friday April 30th at 12pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions page.

If I Should Come Upon Your House Lonely in the West Texas Desert
By Natalie Diaz

I will swing my lasso of headlights
across your front porch,

let it drop like a rope of knotted light
at your feet.

While I put the car in park,
you will tie and tighten the loop

of light around your waist —
and I will be there with the other end

wrapped three times
around my hips horned with loneliness.

Reel me in across the glow-throbbing sea
of greenthread, bluestem prickly poppy,

the white inflorescence of yucca bells,
up the dust-lit stairs into your arms.

If you say to me, This is not your new house
but I am your new home,

I will enter the door of your throat,
hang my last lariat in the hallway,

build my altar of best books on your bedside table,
turn the lamp on and off, on and off, on and off.

I will lie down in you.
Eat my meals at the red table of your heart.

Each steaming bowl will be, Just right.
I will eat it all up,

break all your chairs to pieces.
If I try running off into the deep-purpling scrub brush,

you will remind me,
There is nowhere to go if you are already here,

and pat your hand on your lap lighted
by the topazion lux of the moon through the window,

say, Here, Love, sit here — when I do,
I will say, And here I still am.

Until then, Where are you? What is your address?
I am hurting. I am riding the night

on a full tank of gas and my headlights
are reaching out for something.

2 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT April 28th 2021

  1. You will remind me~~~

    that my time on this earth is finite.
    Time to be treasured and savored, not squandered.
    I will take the moments of the day and store them in a safe place within my heart.
    To be retrieved when the struggles of life wish to diminish their importance.
    To have known you is a gift.
    Your determination to seize the day and absorb all that is about you, at times,
    took my breath away.
    I will forever be indebted to you for the life truths you have given me.


  2. You will remind me
    why we are having this conversation.
    Or should I say this ongoing, continuous conversation about what I need to be reminded of.

    Excuse me, but this is nerve wracking.
    So therefore you will have to remind me of everything.


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