Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 30th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session!

Our text for this session was the poem Obligations 2 by Layli Long Soldier, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was: “As we embrace” or “As we resist

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 Obligations 2 by Layli Long Soldier

6 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 30th 2021

  1. Janine Mariscotti

    As we resist this moment
    we might miss an opportunity
    to rise or fall

    As we embrace this moment
    we might welcome an opportunity
    to rise or fall

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  2. As we resist,
    we build walls, moats, fortresses,
    pushing the outside.
    Grief can’t get in
    except grief can be born within.
    Then what good is resisting?
    The walls keep out the good too.
    And their grief…. the others’.
    What if grief could embrace grief?
    Find the crack, crumble the walls, bring down the resistance.
    As we embrace, our grief unites and can help. Heal each others’ grief.
    Together. Out of the ashes and into the light.
    But how do we find the crack?
    How can we learn to embrace when all we ever did was resist?
    How can we?
    Can we?


  3. As we embrace~~~

    As I embrace freedom, my joy flows without bounds.
    My spirit soars just as the red-tail hawk that flies above the row of oak trees out across the field.
    I have learned that freedom is a precious quantity that can be inexplicably taken away.
    Its absence brings a sense of darkness to the journey of life.
    During the darkness, one doesn’t think of possibilities but is consumed with placing one foot in front of the other,
    a forced march of sorts.

    But, oh, with the return of freedom, my imagination soars.
    Light pervades life,
    steps are strident and bold.
    With each breath, I anticipate what life holds in store for me.
    Embracing freedom once again, I am alive.


  4. Elizabeth

    I had typed the above writing to follow a shape, much like the writing we read today. It did not print that format. I’m curious if people will read it differently when they see the original format (i’m going to try to type it in now and see if it goes through):

    as we resist
    the future. the past
    are we
    pessimistic. optimistic
    are we
    our dreams our nightmares
    as we embrace


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