Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT May 24th 2021

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Our text for this session was the poem “Nothing Wants to Suffer” by Danusha Laméris, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was: “Write what the stars see while looking down.”

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“Nothing Wants to Suffer” by Danusha Laméris

Nothing wants to suffer. Not the wind
as it scrapes itself against the cliff. Not the cliff

being eaten, slowly, by the sea. The earth does not want
to suffer the rough tread of those who do not notice it.

The trees do not want to suffer the axe, nor see
their sisters felled by root rot, mildew, rust. 

The coyote in its den. The puma stalking its prey.
These, too, want ease and a tender animal in the mouth

to take their hunger. An offering, one hopes, 
made quickly, and without much suffering.

The chair mourns an angry sitter. The lamp, a scalded moth.
A table, the weight of years of argument.

We know this, though we forget.

Not the shark nor the tiger, fanged as they are.
Nor the worm, content in its windowless world

of soil and stone. Not the stone, resting in its riverbed.
The riverbed, gazing up at the stars.

Least of all, the stars, ensconced in their canopy,
looking down at all of us— their offspring—

scattered so far beyond reach.



Copyright © 2021 by Danusha Laméris. 
Originally published in Poem-a-Day on April 9, 2021, 
by the Academy of American Poets.

4 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6pm EDT May 24th 2021

  1. What the stars see while looking down~~~

    The gaze of the heavenly stars is vast, spanning the curvature of the earth.
    How small must we look to them as they are perched up above?
    If the stars could talk to us, would there be words of praise or admonition?

    I fear their summary of humankind upon the blue planet has not been one of protection, but rather one of misuse and disregard.
    Scorched earth, polluted waters, the homeless living in gutters of cities, red glare from war and death.

    Have we disappointed them?
    In sadness, their tears fall upon us.
    May we realize the preciousness of all life, from the lowly worm, to the giant redwoods, to the billions whose feet tread across the face of Mother Earth.
    Looking beyond our differences, may we realize our interdependence and our common struggle for survival.

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  2. Patricia D.

    The light of the stars shines on
    the greenery of a rain forest
    the bluery of a mountain lake
    the greyery of crowded cities
    the mixed hues of human beings
    and the hiding places of children and puppies.
    The stars’ light wraps its endless arms around
    us all – without judgment or preference
    only presence beyond our consciousness.

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  3. Elizabeth

    What the stars see while looking down
    Are people on earth looking up
    Each wondering what is going on in the other place
    Only imagining, not knowing
    Considering trading places to escape , but ultimately not wanting to
    Because each wants to stick with what they already know

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