Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT November 4th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

For this session we read an excerpt from “This Here Flesh” by Cole Arthur Riley, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Start with “I will not apologize...”

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"This Here Flesh" by Cole Arthur Riley

"Rest is an act of defiance, and it cannot be predicated on apol-
ogy. It's the audacity to face the demands of this world and
proclaim, We will not be owned.
     We will not return to the chains that once held us. They are
brittle and tarnished from our tears, which made the flood.
Remember. You were never meant to prove your dignity. You,
whose flesh contains more bodies than your own. You don't
belong in the catacombs of restlessness, wandering from death
to death. Lie down with me in the pasture, where life is alive
and growing with the unapologetic slowness of a blade of
grass. What will become of us?
     We will be free and we will be dreaming."

Credit: This Here Flesh by Cole Arthur Riley (page 157) 

2 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT November 4th 2022

  1. I will not apologize for my anger, for my distrust of those in power who have lost their way.
    The world is in turmoil, berating those of different skin color, different languages, and different beliefs.
    We all form the human network of this world,
    we all have blood coursing through our veins,
    we all have the longing for the freedom of thought and action embedded within our spirits.

    If we are to exist on this planet we share, we must pause to consider the commonalities we have and the value of each unique individual,
    as imperfect as we might be.
    To be divided, we will fail.

    I am me… you are you… we are we


  2. Will Not Apologize

    I will not apologize for speaking my truth
    I am not sorry that my opinions are different than yours.
    I have no regrets about having high expectations for myself and holding others to the same standards.
    I am not contrite about not tolerating lame excuses.
    I have no remorse about my honesty and bluntness.
    I am not repentant for doing the right thing and making those who do not look bad.
    If you do not like me as I am
    I still will not apologize!!


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