Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT August 17th 2022

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For this session we read a poem August 12 in the Nebraska Sand Hills Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower by Twyla Hansen, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Begin with:  “We floated up to the stars…

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August 12 in the Nebraska Sand Hills Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower by Twyla Hansen

In the middle of rolling grasslands, away from lights,
a moonless night untethers its wild polka-dots,
the formations we can name competing for attention
in a twinkling and crowded sky-bowl.
 
Out from the corners, our eyes detect a maverick meteor,
a transient streak, and lying back toward midnight
on the heft of car hood, all conversation blunted,
we are at once unnerved and somehow restored.
 
Out here, a furrow of spring-fed river threads
through ranches in the tens of thousands of acres.
Like cattle, we are powerless, by instinct can see
why early people trembled and deliberated the heavens.
 
Off in the distance those cattle make themselves known,
a bird song moves singular across the horizon.
Not yet 2:00, and bits of comet dust, the Perseids,
startle and skim the atmosphere like skipping stones.
 
In the leaden dark, we are utterly alone. As I rub the ridges
on the back of your hand, our love for all things warm
and pulsing crescendos toward dawn: this timeless awe,
your breath floating with mine upward into the stars.

Credit: Twyla Hansen, "August 12 in the Nebraska Sand Hills Watching the Perseids Meteor Shower" from Dirt Songs: A Plains Duet. Copyright © 2011 by Twyla Hansen.  poetryfoundation.org.

3 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT August 17th 2022

  1. Elizabeth

    We floated up to the stars
    In thoughts and in prayers
    And they were shining on us with their light
    Sharing their ancient wisdom for us to hold on to
    Or disperse into the universe

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  2. We floated up to the stars… free of our earthly weights and burdens.
    We leave behind the pettiness, the hate, the anger, and instead, are elevated into a light of calmness and peace.
    The earth below is so small, almost defenseless, as it is positioned in space.

    I look forward to the adventures which await us,
    but, more importantly, to how our spirits will be uplifted and bolstered.
    Clasping hands, we face the future together as we move into the light.

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  3. We floated up to the stars pulled up by their light.
    Wondering what we would touch.
    What they would feel like.
    We sit upon the closest star and feel its heft under us.
    We observe the rest of the heavens from our perch.

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