Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT March 31st 2023

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For this session we read a poem Storm Warning” by Robert Grant Burns, posted below.

Our prompt was: Write about heeding, or ignoring, a warning.

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 "Storm Warning" by Robert Grant Burns

You said that when the peacocks took to the trees,
and all the birds, funch and jay and swallow,
whirred upon the same anxious note continually,
that is sign of storm coming.

And so the peacocks were
sitting in the branches,
each clumped in the fruit of its mad comprehension,
each in its innermost breast
thundering like great falling stones;
and all the birds whirred upon the same anxious note

That night, a storm came.

If only we, too, could be sure again,
in this forest of desire and foreboding,
sure, unerringly sure,
when to go home,
whom to shelter,
what to seek.

Source: Poetry (June 1969).

5 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT March 31st 2023

  1. About heeding or ignoring a warning~~~

    They say history repeats itself… but does humankind truly take the time to ponder this statement?

    So many times we see the economic and political warning signs visible in our lives,
    but we often tend to discount them.
    Dictators have risen to power in the past and have eventually brought their countries to their knees.
    Economic collapses show their warning signs, but we ignore their red flashing lights.
    Pandemics occasionally pop up… do we learn anything from their occurrences, other than the huge death toll they bring upon the world…
    the world will, eventually, be the judge.

    Let us think, reason, and be aware.
    To ignore the warning signs is simply asking for trouble in one form or another.


  2. al3793

    “Write about heeding or ignoring a warning.”

    The screams could be heard for a dozen years.
    Perhaps the alarmists were perched too high above the lofty, ivory towers of corporate.
    They grew to a noxious pitch, not to be unnoticed.
    But unheard?
    “We know. We must do something about it,”
    or worse yet, “We’ve heard you.”
    Meaningless rhetoric.
    Enough was enough.
    State of discontent.
    Grand resignation they call it.
    Yet still awarded “best employer…”
    “We’ve heard you…”
    but can’t hire help.
    Left to our own devices (respirators and PAPRs)
    to survive the methane
    and keep pushing to care for those in need
    and supporting those (each other) left standing.


      • Andre Lijoi

        I resisted writing on this theme but my pencil kept insisting. What I liked about it is it brought me to a stream of consciousness that flowed nicely into the conclusion. I think the new generation will bring the change insisting on better conditions and hours or they won’t sign or won’t stay.


  3. rehavia6

    About heeding, or ignoring, a warning

    I have been very cautious my entire life.
    I have adhered to every rule and listened to every warning.
    Now I realize that I missed out.
    I wish I had taken chances
    Ignored warnings
    And not permitted my fears
    To hold me back


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