Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT May 7th 2021

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Our text for this session was the poem In Search of an Umbrella in NYC” by Juan Felipe Herrera, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was to begin your writing with the phrase “In search of…”

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In Search of an Umbrella in NYC” by Juan Felipe Herrera

You were having a stroke - i
did not grasp what was going on you
standing almost half ways up half
ways down the colors what were they
i was frozen both us us staring
woman with parasol behind me
are you drunk she said facing
you and the deli behind you      you
leaned shivered dropped your coat
reddish flowers
brain    sweat eyes your eyes moving
seeing me behind me what
black man brown man no man   no
colors you
pushed something away  i was
in a rush  en route to big time
poetry Biz  duded up ironed shirt
the rain was in my way i was not
breathing    you were losing   yourself i
was gaining something   you
stumbled out of your coat  unrolled
a stranger’s language from your lips
pushed your      feet down to
the depths  of the tiny sidewalk even
though it was infinite  burning
ahead of me  to
the food truck at the corner yellow chips
corn violet green sugar drops
fiery torn packs flaring down   and
across the street under the cement i
was moving silent alone a crooked line
going nowhere a woman
touched your hand you were lying
on the dirty shoe ground swimming
up to her i      wanted you
            i was a man
running for cover from the waters
i could not                    lift your suffering
it was too late              the current pulled
i was floating away  (i noticed it)
were rising

One thought on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12pm EDT May 7th 2021

  1. I searched for an answer to why this was happening. I saw your life slipping away, day by day. Your usual smile was now hidden under the cloak of illness. Your body becoming gaunt as the illness worked its evil upon your body. Seemingly, nothing could be done except to make your remaining time peaceful. But the question I asked is why did this happen to you, someone who always sought to do good for their fellow man. It is a question for which I have never received an answer. And so I have to be content in the vagueness. Your memory lingers in my heart.


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