Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT June 14th 2021

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Our text for this session was the poem the death of fred clifton” by Lucille Clifton, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was: “Write about a moment of clarity.”

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the death of fred Clifton

age 49

i seemed to be drawn
to the center of myself
leaving the edges of me
in the hands of my wife
and i saw with the most amazing
so that i had not eyes but
and, rising and turning,
through my skin,
there was all around not the
shapes of things
but oh, at last, the things

Lucille Clifton
Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems, 1988-2000

6 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT June 14th 2021

  1. About a moment of clarity~~~

    I lie on my bed in the darkness, searching for clarity.
    Feeling confused, feeling limited by the restraints placed upon me.
    Are these restraints placed upon me by others or through my own decisions?
    Life is to be lived – full of experiences to the last moment of breath.
    I don’t want to miss anything.
    Those that I love, I must hold close.
    Those things I love doing, I must find the time to fully experience them.

    I go on this ride only once.
    Hang on tight, I’m ready to take it on.

    Liked by 1 person

    • al3793

      Michele, despite the speakers admission of confusion there is clarity that life is to be lived. The singularity of the ride and the importance of taking it is very clear.
      Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. al3793

    we trekked a breathless mile and a half
    a short hike but with a grade of twenty percent rising into
    the high red desert sun of Glenwood Canyon
    the summit could not arrive soon enough

    we were occasionally tempered
    by the cool breath of Dead Horse Creek
    coursing under the bedrock
    wafting from shaded cracks
    trying to find its way to its mouth at the

    the clarity of Hanging Lake was a surreal blend
    of Travertine blue water covering the
    bright lime green leaves of the vegetation below
    gin clear every vein of each leaf clearly seen

    we sat down at the pond’s edge with the same awe as the Ute
    one hundred fifty years earlier
    and allowed the breathlessness to clear
    at peace


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