Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT April 28th 2023

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For this session we read a poem Instructions on Not Giving Up” by Ada Limón, posted below.

Our prompt was: Start with ‘I’ll take it all.’”

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"Instructions on Not Giving Up" by Ada Limón

More than the fuchsia funnels breaking out
of the crabapple tree, more than the neighbor’s
almost obscene display of cherry limbs shoving
their cotton candy-colored blossoms to the slate
sky of Spring rains, it’s the greening of the trees
that really gets to me. When all the shock of white
and taffy, the world’s baubles and trinkets, leave
the pavement strewn with the confetti of aftermath,
the leaves come. Patient, plodding, a green skin
growing over whatever winter did to us, a return
to the strange idea of continuous living despite
the mess of us, the hurt, the empty. Fine then,
I’ll take it, the tree seems to say, a new slick leaf
unfurling like a fist to an open palm, I’ll take it all.

Copyright © 2017 by Ada Limón. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on May 15, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

4 thoughts on “Live Virtual Group Session: 12PM EDT April 28th 2023

  1. I’ll take it all…
    this world that surrounds me.
    Is it perfect, far from it!
    But each day, I awake to the thought of what life will surprise me with,
    what treasure of Creation will lie before me.

    Amid the wars, greed, poverty,
    I still find hope in the smiles of children, in the sunrises and sunsets, and in the hatching of the robin’s azure blue eggs.

    All of this lies before me if I take the opportunity to pause and be aware.
    It’s the seemingly small things in life which bring me immense joy.


    • al3793

      Michele, your voice continues to search for balance between the challenges of life and the joys that your speaker seeks – a default of hope. And what is so clear is your speaker’s role in bringing hope into the mess that is us. Andre

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  2. al3793

    “I’ll take it all…
    season in and season out
    whatever I witness
    whether the beauty of a petal strew pink path of spring
    or the masked anonymous faces of those warding off the vestiges of a pandemic
    it is all part of the mess of life,
    but not all is mess
    and like the tree that stands as silent witness
    I will try to keep doing what I was brought
    into the world to do
    and maneuver through the forces unfurling their impression on me
    to find my Way to the next spring.


    • michele348

      Beautiful! I have an old, towering sycamore tree that I routinely pass by on my walks. I sometimes wonder how much “life” has passed by him since he was just a sapling…. how much wisdom he could impart. If I listen carefully enough, I can hear him sometimes speaking.


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