Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST November 30th 2022

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For this session we read a poem The Lilies” by Karenne Wood, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Growing in the darkness.

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"The Lilies" by Karenne Wood

When I learned I might have cancer,
I bought fifteen white lilies. Easter was gone:
the trumpets were wilted, plants crooked with roots
bound in pots. I dug them into the garden,
knowing they would not bloom for another year.
All summer, the stalks stood like ramshackle posts
while I waited for results. By autumn, the stalks
had flopped down. More biopsies, laser incisions,
the cancer in my tongue a sprawling mass. Outside,
the earth remained bare, rhizomes shrunken
below the frost line. Spring shoots appeared
in bright green skins, and lilies bloomed
in July, their waxed trumpets pure white,
dusting gold pollen to the ground.
                                                                     This year,
tripled in number, they are popping up again. I wait,
a ceremony, for the lilies to open, for the serpentine length
of the garden to bloom in the shape of my tongue’s scar,
a white path with one end leading into brilliant air,
the other down the throat’s canyon, black
and unforgiving. I try to imagine
what could grow in such darkness. I am waiting
for the lilies to open.

Credit: © 2001 by Karenne Wood

2 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST November 30th 2022

  1. About growing in the darkness~~~

    The darkness lays heavy upon my shoulders.
    It weighs me down, slowing my steps, slowing my thinking, slowing my hoping.
    It’s hard to think years into the future when the future is such a vague and non-sensical entity.
    But what benefit is there in looking down that long and winding road where there are so many twists and turns?

    I decide to look at today, that which is in the light to focus my attention on.
    I squeeze the moments of the day, releasing their energy into my heart and spirit.
    The darkness slowly fades as I take small steps on this journey I am on.
    In this movement, I find hope and the light becomes even brighter.


  2. al3793

    There is value at times in being unseen.
    The darkness provides camouflage
    until one is ready to sprout, pop up and bloom
    like lilies sequestered below the permafrost
    in the darkness awaiting the thaw
    as the sun rises higher above the horizon
    day by day warming the earth
    and calling forth more shoots than bulbs

    In the darkness even the slightest sliver of light can shine brightly

    Sometimes it is necessary to lie in wait below the surface
    to permit the lilies that reside there to
    percolate to the surface
    and arise, sprinkling golden pollen
    adding beauty and richness to life’s path
    guiding those who slow
    and savor the fragrance of the coming spring.


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