Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 15th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

For this session we read a poem The Dog Star by Tom Billsborough, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Write about a ceremony of renewal.

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The Dog Star by Tom Billsborough

Sirius rising, seed of power..

Wind rode or tide rode
A reed boat sways the whole night,
Straining at anchor.

The papyrus dawn stretches.
The pale East trembles.
The priest too. Who knows.

Red sails tether

The dawn breeze.
The Nile renews her annual surrender.

Sirius rising, seed of power..
In this man's soul
What joy to compose its shell,
The hollow ritual! 


6 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 15th 2022

  1. Scarlet Kinney

    A Ceremony of Renewal

    The fragrant forest breeze
    The ebb and flow of the tides
    The sudden appearance
    Of the screaming osprey
    Soaring above us
    Usher in
    The fracturing change
    That always precedes renewal
    And soon, at last,
    At last,
    We will breathe freely again.

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  2. Melissa Adylia Calasanz

    Narrative Medicine July 15.2022
    Write about a ceremony of renewal
    the beauty of repetition
    the security of predictability
    each threshold
    a moment
    to explore
    to reinvent
    each breath
    as always
    I return
    the buoyancy of each inhalation
    the cleansing from each exhalation
    the clarity in each pause
    whether in movement or perceived stillness
    the choreography of this body
    offers the steps to return to
    to knew

    Melissa Adylia Calasanz

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  3. michele348

    About a ceremony of renewal~~~

    Snow falls from the sky above, covering all in its path with quietness and slowing the heartbeat. of life.
    The green leaf is frozen in its tracks and the raucous birds have moved to warmer climes.
    All who remain are put into a deep sleep, a time of contemplation and pause.

    As the sun grows bolder, the snow slowly recedes, warming and waking Mother Earth.
    The brightly- colored and energetic crocus pokes its head above the surface, spreading joy to the awaiting world.
    It is a time of renewal, both for Nature and the human spirit.
    A time when life begins again.


  4. Elizabeth

    Every day, life is a ceremony of renewal.
    It is not an official ceremony.
    There are no grand gestures, proclamations or formalities,
    But it is dependable
    To happen to us every day that we are alive.
    It is a gift to the individual,
    While happening to the whole world.
    Each new day brings this possibility-
    Hope renewed through living.

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  5. Elizabeth

    Scarlet and Melissa… interesting that you both mentioned the breath… Each breath really is a renewal in itself.
    Michele, the crocus says spring and possibility to me. You always generously bring nature to us.
    Thanks all for sharing.

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