Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 22nd 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

For this session we read a poem Stars by Marjorie Pickthall, and took a close look at a James Webb image Cosmic Cliffs, posted below. 

Our prompt was: “Write about looking up.

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 Stars by Marjorie Pickthall

Now in the West the slender moon lies low, 
And now Orion glimmers through the trees, 
Clearing the earth with even pace and slow, 
And now the stately-moving Pleiades, 
In that soft infinite darkness overhead 
Hang jewel-wise upon a silver thread. 

And all the lonelier stars that have their place, 
Calm lamps within the distant southern sky, 
And planet-dust upon the edge of space, 
Look down upon the fretful world, and I 
Look up to outer vastness unafraid 
And see the stars which sang when earth was made. 

James Webb image Cosmic Cliffs


7 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT July 22nd 2022

  1. About looking up~~~

    I stand here in the darkness, looking up to the heavens.
    The stars, hanging there and shimmering, looking downward on me.
    This world that I inhabit is a bit troubling.
    Divisiveness, war, disease,
    Forces of Nature rebelling against mankind for its disregard.

    Looking upward, I find a sense of peace, a sense of unity with all that has come before me.
    I pray that family members who have left this earth before me are looking downward, sending love and prayers.
    A sense of warmth surrounds me, and a sense of togetherness envelopes me.

    The heavens go on, and life goes on.
    I take comfort in that.


    • Elizabeth

      Michele, I sense that faith and family keep you from being overwhelmed by those things you find “a bit troubling.”
      Great things to have in your toolkit.

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  2. Elizabeth

    A haiku with an antidote for almost anything…

    The weight of the world
    Our shoulders hunched and we droop
    It helps to look up


  3. Helen Mia

    Prompt: Write about looking up….

    Tizer my black Labrador dog rummaged in the muddy alley way
    next door to the noisey bottle top factory
    as I went around collecting little pieces of coloured glass
    from the broken bottles
    I found sparkly diamonds, gold, rubies and sapphires
    My old tin watering can was almost full
    I held each piece of coloured glass over my eyes
    and looked a long, long way up, a big kaleidoscope of colours
    The giant sky turned green then red then orange
    Tizer got his snout stuck in a Bisto jar
    We both lay down in our Pepsi Cola crate dolls house
    covered with mum’s old net curtains
    snuggled up under the magical yellow sky
    and fell asleep eating our jelly and blancmange


    • Helen, such a wonderful, visual narrative. I’m there with you and Tizer scouting out the colored glass pieces scattered on the ground. I wish I was there since I try to collect bits of sea glass to use in jewelry making. This location sounds like a “gold mine” for me. 🙂 Beautiful writing!


      • Helen Mia

        Ah Michele, yes for anyone like you who does jewellery making collecting bits of sea glass must be so very lovely – the location would have definately been a gold mine for you:) Thank you and when we have an eye for glass and stones collecting them can be with us for ever…not real ones of course!


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