Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT April 20th 2022

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For this session we read a poem What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use by Ada Limon, posted below. 

Our prompt was: “Write about a word you have refused to use.” 

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What It Looks Like To Us and the Words We Use by Ada Limon

All these great barns out here in the outskirts,
black creosote boards knee-deep in the 
They look so beautifully abandoned, even in 
You say they look like arks after the sea’s
dried up, I say they look like pirate ships,
and I think of that walk in the valley where
J said, You don’t believe in God? And I said,
No. I believe in this connection we all have
to nature, to each other, to the universe.
And she said, Yeah, God. And how we stood 
low beasts among the white oaks, Spanish 
and spider webs, obsidian shards stuck in our 
woodpecker flurry, and I refused to call it so.
So instead, we looked up at the unruly sky,
its clouds in simple animal shapes we could 
though we knew they were really just clouds—
disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.

Poem copyright ©2012 by Ada Limón