Here is the link to the third in the series of free audio workshops on Writing for Resilience: Shifting our emotional landscapes that Mary Reynolds Thompson & I put together in response to the fires in northern California, the floods and hurricanes in other places and the general turmoil in which we live. In this one we begin to look at regeneration and renewal.
Thank you to everyone who has commented on these, shared their responses with us and the links with others.
Continuing this theme – here’s a poem by Denise Levertov, another transplant from the UK to the US, who swapped the landscape of her birth (Ilford, England) for the landscape of the west (Seattle, USA).
Hope It’s True
I have a small grain of hope –
One small crystal that gleams
Clear colors out of transparency.
I need more.
I break off a fragment
To send you.
This grain of hope
So mine won’t shrink.
Please share your fragment
So that yours will grow.
Only so, by division,
Will hope increase,
Like a clump of irises which will cease to flower
Unless you distribute
The clustered roots, unlikely source—
Clumsy and earth-covered—
©material used for educational purposes.
What is hope for you?
List the people with whom you share hope
Write a letter to someone who gave you hope or to whom you gave hope.
Write an 8 line list poem, beginning each line