Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST December 16th 2022

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this session!

For this session we read a poem What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade” by Brad Aaron Modlin from Everyone at This Party Has Two Names, posted below. 

Our prompt was: Write about what you had to learn on your own.

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"What You Missed That Day You Were Absent from Fourth Grade" by Brad Aaron Modlin

Mrs. Nelson explained how to stand still and listen
to the wind, how to find meaning in pumping gas,

how peeling potatoes can be a form of prayer. She took
questions on how not to feel lost in the dark

After lunch she distributed worksheets
that covered ways to remember your grandfather’s

voice. Then the class discussed falling asleep
without feeling you had forgotten to do something else—

something important—and how to believe
the house you wake in is your home. This prompted

Mrs. Nelson to draw a chalkboard diagram detailing
how to chant the Psalms during cigarette breaks,

and how not to squirm for sound when your own thoughts
are all you hear; also, that you have enough.

The English lesson was that I am
is a complete sentence.

And just before the afternoon bell, she made the math equation
look easy. The one that proves that hundreds of questions,

and feeling cold, and all those nights spent looking
for whatever it was you lost, and one person

add up to something.

credit: Everyone at This Party Has Two Names by Brad Aaron Modlin. Copyright © 2016 

4 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EST December 16th 2022

  1. About what I had to learn on my own~~~

    As a child, my cares and desires were addressed by others… my parents, an older sister/brother, and the tooth fairy.
    But as time passed, the realities of moving into adulthood took a firm grip on my mind and heart.
    I was and am responsible for my actions both good and bad… no one to make excuses for me. I can’t “kick the can down the road”.
    I came to understand that my words can cause pain, so dispense them carefully.
    I realized that the passing of loved ones from this earth is like a surgical cut to the heart.
    But the passage of time helps to stitch up the gap so that slow healing takes place.

    So much still to learn in this life which is everchanging.
    Will I come to learn all I need or will I fall short?


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