Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT October 4th 2021

Thank you to everyone who joined for this session!

For this session we close read “Public Transportation” by Elaine Sexton, posted below.

Our prompt for this session was in two parts. First we wrote to “Write about the person others think you are. Then we wrote to “Write about what others don’t see or know.”

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“Public Transportation” by Elaine Sexton

She is perfectly ordinary, a cashmere scarf
snugly wrapped around her neck. She is
a middle age that is crisp, appealing in New York.
She is a brain surgeon or a designer of blowdryers.
I know this because I am in her skin this morning
riding the bus, happy to be not young, happy to be
thrilled that it is cold and I have a warm hat on.
Everyone is someone other than you think
under her skin. The driver does not have
a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in his metal 
lunchbox. He has caviar left over from New Year's
and a love note from his mistress, whom he just left
on the corner of Sixth Avenue and 14th Street.
When she steps off his bus to take over the wheel
of the crosstown No. 8, she knows she is anything
but ordinary. She climbs under the safety bar
and straps the belt on over her seat. She lets
the old lady who is rich but looks poor take her time
getting on. She lets the mugger who looks like
a parish priest help her. She waits as we sit, quiet 
in our private, gorgeous lives.

From Sleuth by Elaine Sexton. 
Copyright © 2003 by Elaine Sexton. 

7 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT October 4th 2021

  1. Patricia D.

    What others think you are:

    Academics may see me as a scholar, writer, investigator, editor, teacher…
    Friends may see me as a reliable person that can be counted on in a pinch…
    While my spouse may see me as loyal, loving and generous; albeit prone to fall down rabbit holes.

    What others do not know:

    Most people do not know that I would like to sleep for 18 hour, not endure spinal pain, and have the energy to live fully each day.


    • al3793

      Patricia, your speaker takes us from the least personal (academics) in sequence to the most personal (the speaker herself). What is known sounds like a pretty rich soul is living life as fully as possible given the context of what others do not know. Andre


  2. Write about the person others think I am~~~

    She authoritarian. She’s outspoken. She’s quiet. She’s shy. She’s a protector. She’s got a kind heart. She’s a tree-hugger. She picks her battles and doesn’t back away from a good fight.
    I guess, at times, I’m all of the above rolled up into a tightly wound ball rolling down the hill… footloose, not caring what rocks I bound off of. Isn’t that what living life is all about?

    Write about what others don’t see or know about me~~~

    I sometimes feel that my mind is a crowded space, bursting in all directions, bombarded by all the trash this world doles out.
    That I have a deep faith and I quietly go about putting it into action.
    That I don’t seek the limelight but will voice my opinion if called upon.
    That I get tired of waiting for change and wish we could get rid of all our politicians and start with a clean slate.
    Government for the people, of the people… not just for the rich and famous.

    Liked by 1 person

    • al3793

      I like the many truths of your speaker’s “she”…so true. I also love this line, “…rolling down the hill… footloose, not caring what rocks I bound off of. Isn’t that what living life is all about?” And, “…my mind is a crowded space, bursting in all directions…” a sort of sensory overload of thoughts whizzing by calmed by faith and courage. This narrative underscores the complexity of living what life is all about.


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  3. al3793

    Write about the person people think you are…

    He’s been with me for so many years,
    for everything! I won’t know what to do.
    “You have so many internal strengths,” he tells me,
    “look inside yourself and write down the qualities you want others
    to know about you, to define you,” is his assignment.
    “It will make your life better, not perfect, but better,” he insists.
    It doesn’t matter who I am – all he sees is humanity and
    all I feel is kindness and caring.

    Write about what others don’t see or know…

    It is so hard to face the start of the day knowing the burden that awaits.
    Many would think I have a love – hate relationship with what I do, but,
    it’s mostly love. Thirty seconds of immersion with a patient, resident, or student
    and I forget my angst until the day is nearly over when I must face
    incarceration in Epic Jail – the sentence “one more night of clicks.”
    I sleep it off and break out at daybreak and immerse myself in
    another day’s labor of love.


    • michele348

      “Not all of us can do great things.But we can do small things with great love.”
      Those who are the recepients of the compassion, empathy and love are aware of the immensity of the gift bestowed upon them. Their journeys are made smoother because of this giving.
      Always remember to replenish your spirit, the source from which all flows.

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