Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT March 21st 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

For this session we watched the music video King by Florence and the Machine, posted below. 

Our prompt was: “I am no…”

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King by Florence and the Machine 
 
We argue in the kitchen about whether to have children
About the world ending and the scale of my ambition
And how much is art really worth
The very thing you’re best at
Is the thing that hurts the most
 
But you need your rotten heart
Your dazzling pain like diamond rings
You need to go to war to find material to sing
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
 
I need my golden crown of sorrow
My bloody sword to swing
My empty halls to echo with grand self-mythology
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
 
But a woman is a changeling
Always shifting shape
Just when you think you have it figured out
Something new begins to take
What strange claws are these
Scratching at my skin
I never knew my killer would be coming from within
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
 
I need my golden crown of sorrow
My bloody sword to swing
I need my empty halls to echo with grand self-mythology
Cos I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
I am no mother, I am no bride, I am King
 
And I was never as good
as I always thought I was
But I knew how to dress it up
I was never satisfied, it never let me go
Just dragged me by my hair
and back on with the show

10 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 6PM EDT March 21st 2022

  1. I am no YES person. I have a mind.
    What is life truly about if your wrists and heels are chained?
    To live is to run free, to explore boundaries.
    Do not be suffocated by those who wish domination over you… to fence you in.

    You are unique, you are powerful, you are capable of great things.
    Walk proudly on your own two feet.
    Believe in yourself, do not be intimidated by those who seem powerful but in fact are weak.

    Stand tall… value yourself and others will acknowledge your courage.

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    • al3793

      Your speaker speaks with such confidence and wisdom that would help so many in need of self esteem, of the courage to stand up to those who might try to hold them down. “To live is to run free, to explore boundaries.” Your speaker knows you well, “I am no YES person…” Thanks, Andre

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  2. Elizabeth

    I am no optimist.
    I am no pessimist.
    I am a little of both,
    But I don’t like labels.

    I am a realist.
    I am a dreamer.
    I am a blend of both,
    But will not be pigeonholed.

    I am a human being
    With all its complications.
    I try my vey best,
    Sometimes needing some help.

    I have learned to reach out
    To other people.
    We show up for each other,
    To help ease life’s burden.

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    • michele348

      Elizabeth,you are very much correct. As human beings, most of us have the option of our mode of reaction to a given situation. The unfortunate thing, however, is that there some people of the world who have their life decisions, their reactions to events, predestined by absolute governments. What a crime against humanity.

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    • al3793

      Elizabeth,
      Middle ground is often a good space that keeps us thinking about each individual’s humanity with all its complications that defy labels. “Do your best” are magic words. We are works of art in progress and we need the other. I like the structure of your poem, 4 quartets, the last two speaking to the first two. Andre

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  3. al3793

    I am no mythic character
    caped in some multicolored cloak
    that lets me levitate
    myself and others
    but rather just a man
    who lives life day to day
    with an attention for tomorrow
    that may be of help in some way
    to an other who’s in need
    of an unction of some sort
    a balm to the roughed up
    that lifts them from their dungeon
    where life has unfairly dealt them
    something more than they can handle.

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  4. Elizabeth

    Andre,… thanks for your comments on my work and also your submission. In essence we are saying the same thing in terms of people helping each other. What a strong theme that is these days! Also, you say “just a man “…. Well a man can have superhero or mythic creature powers in his own human way. As humans, we have amazing strength despite many challenges. Thanks for bringing kind and caring thoughts to our sessions.
    Elizabeth
    Ps-“Do your best””really are magical words these days. We are all trying so hard!

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