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


3 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT April 20th 2022

  1. Terry Hourigan

    God is a tough one for me: so many terrible things are done in that name.
    So many lies spoken, so much abuse. Onward Christian soldiers.
    Oh my God, time’s up!

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  2. michele348

    About a word I refuse to use~~~

    To give up, to concede, to deem futile, to call hopeless.
    I refuse to entertain these words in the living of my life.
    Sure there are obstacles, some seem formidable, and we all experience them.
    But what is unique about being human is our ability to think, to reason, to find alternative solutions, and to take the road less traveled.

    When my spirit needs refreshment, I go out into Nature and look out at all that is about me.
    I find encouragement in the warming rays of sunshine, in the songbirds perched on the treetops performing their best, in the sweet smell of freshly mowed grass.

    Life is to be lived to its fullest.
    Push through, move around it, but move on.
    The journey is worth the effort.


  3. Pamela Zubow Poe

    I refuse to use this word,
    But hear it on the lips of others.
    When I feel hopeful,
    I recall this word.
    When I see a dim glowing spot
    Bright in the gloom,
    I leave that other word
    For other hearts to say.
    When I can’t see a way forward,
    Looking sideways for the way out
    Is another kind of strength.

    For this word that I cannot use,
    But seems to surface here
    At times like this– is:

    if you have breath, hope, a future
    A plan, even a belief in connection
    To nature and to others-
    Why would this word be needed?


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