Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 23, 2021

Today we had 28 participants from a variety of locations, many of whom had been with us for 4 or more sessions and 5 newcomers. We started out by watching the music video “Hunger” by Florence + The Machine. We then looked at the written lyrics together near the end of the close reading discussion.

The writing prompt was, “Write about a moment you forgot to worry.”

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Please join us for our next session Thursday August 26th at 6pm EDT, with more times listed on our Live Virtual Group Sessions page.






Lyrics to “Hunger” by Florence + The Machine

Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

At seventeen, I started to starve myself
I thought that love was a kind of emptiness
And at least I understood then, the hunger I felt
And I didn’t have to call it loneliness

We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger

Tell me what you need, oh, you look so free
The way you use your body, baby, come on and work it for me
Don’t let it get you down, you’re the best thing I’ve seen
We never found the answer but we knew one thing

We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)

And it’s Friday night and it’s kicking in
In that pink dress, they’re gonna crucify me
Oh, and you in all your vibrant youth
How could anything bad ever happen to you?
You make a fool of death with your beauty, and for a moment

I thought that love was in the drugs
But the more I took, the more it took away
And I could never get enough
I thought that love was on the stage
You give yourself to strangers
You don’t have to be afraid
And then it tries to find a home with people, or when I’m alone
Picking it apart and staring at your phone

We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger
We all have a hunger

Tell me what you need, oh, you look so free
The way you use your body, baby, come on and work it for me
Don’t let ’em get you down, you’re the best thing I’ve seen
We never found the answer but we knew one thing

We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)
We all have a hunger (we all have a hunger)

And it’s Friday night and it’s kicking in
In that pink dress, they’re gonna crucify me
Oh, and you in all your vibrant youth
How could anything bad ever happen to you?
You make a fool of death with your beauty, and for a moment
I forget to worry

11 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT August 23, 2021

  1. Shannon Ivey

    Worry and I are
    old friends. Generational
    gift, of a sort.
    But, when I fall deep
    in love or lust or
    some other creative flurry, I
    do indeed forget
    to worry.

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    • al3793

      Old friends are not easily forgot and won’t be offended if one forgets. They know you will be back. Old friends allow you your space. They know what you need.

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  2. Patricia D.

    Plunged under the line between the grey sky and cool lake
    my open eyes see the mucky bottom littered with rocks.
    I have joined the loon family and quartet of ducks at dawn.
    A slight drizzle does not deter us from flapping wings,
    or arms in my case, to move with delight, worry-free.

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    • michele348

      Although the scene is set under a grey sky, it is nonetheless, beautiful. I can almost hear the honking of the birds and the rustle of wings(arms).

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  3. About a moment I forgot to worry~~~

    I run into the field of verdant, lush grass,
    spinning around in circles until I fall to the ground.
    Looking up at the puffy, white clouds floating above,
    floating so carelessly, so non-descript, so free.

    Here so close to Nature, I find my truth.
    Not the truth forged by others but within my soul.
    Resting here, my heart is calmed by being caressed by Mother Earth and her warm hug.
    I forget, if only temporarily, the troubles of the world,
    the troubles that keep me awake in the middle of the night.
    Solitude, peacefulness… my drugs of choice.

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    • al3793

      A binge of Nature intoxicates the senses, a blackout from worry. It is easy to forget if even for just a moment under the influence of solitude and peacefulness.

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  4. al3793

    My first reaction was to say to myself
    Oh…my…God…
    There’s 40,000 people in those buildings doing a work day and,
    Jet fuel burns at 1890 degrees.

    Yet one person after another was
    so disposed toward an Other that
    they forgot to worry and
    ran right back into those buildings to
    see if there was some Other to help.

    And in their amnesia for themselves
    many lost their lives

    or perhaps gained a life,
    new life.

    The last we saw of them was their backs
    as they disappeared through those building’s doors…

    and the last will be first.

    Andre

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    • Patricia D.

      and the last will be first…

      reminds me that less is more.

      I am you, therefore there is no Other –
      perhaps those who ran into the burning building understood this.

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