• Wee Read at The Hope Cafe Writing for mental wealth on Wednesday 5th August 2015

    We gathered  inspiring quotes from people and added into a word cloud to remind us. This week, we had a couple of new members. Hearing voices speak from the heart is inspiring.Some really moving writing thanks to everyone who came!

    Here’s a selection of what we did:

     

    We read Mary Oliver, The Summer Day,
    Extract:
    I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
    I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
    into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
    how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
    which is what I have been doing all day.
    Tell me, what else should I have done?
    Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
    Tell me, what is it you plan to do
    With your one wild and precious life?

    The poem is available here:Mary Oliver, The Summer Day
    Then, we wrote about what we would do with this wild and precious life…
    Later we spoke about writing something for our booklet for October’s Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Passion is the theme for the festival, so we had a shot at writing our words that we associate with passion.
    Here is my starter list of words:
    Drive
    wild
    Love
    extreme
    life
    desire
    energy
    strength

    Try it! Write a simple list- if you want to, you can start with one of these words or not – whatever you write is right!
    Then write your own list of words that you connect with passion.
    You can have many passions in life – not just one!
    The group came up with:
    determination
    sex
    heroes
    energy
    nature
    the elements
    belief
    If anyone has a bash at this above exercise or has any ideas for a jazzy title for the publication of photographs and poems Festival please let me know!

     

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    We also read Ellen Bass’s the Thing is and used our mantra “dot dot dot” to write in response to it…
    The Thing Is
    To love life, to love it even …
    when you have no stomach for it

    when grief weights you like your own flesh
    only more of it, an obesity of grief,
    you think, How can a body withstand this?
    Then you hold life like a face
    between your palms, a plain face,
    no charming smile, no violet eyes,
    and you say, yes, I will take you
    I will love you, again.
    Ellen Bass

    (Source: punch-in-the-face-poetry)
    http://poetry.newgreyhair.com/post/50517192436/the-thing-is-ellen-bass

     

Author

Born in 1958 and brought up in Blantyre in a family of seven. Moved to Glasgow in 1976 and stayed until 2012. Then I moved back to Hamilton where I had attended secondary school, for 4 years. Home is now Glasgow, again, I am a weegie through 'n through. I have two daughters, and four granddaughters who all light up my life. My experience of working with poetry, writing, reading and so on is from my childhood. One of my poems was published in a school magazine when I was 12. I am now trying to publish my first grown-up booklet of poems within the next year or so. I trained and studied to become a librarian from 1977. It was the one job I wanted since reading in Hamilton Townhouse Library in the early 1970's!I watched the staff and thought, I'd like to work here... Bibliotherapy came into my life in 2007, at Glasgow Women's Library.

http://weeread.scot

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