Today was my first session as a shadow to Larry Butler, the facilitator at Maggie’s cancer care writing group taking place on the Gartnavel hospitals campus in Glasgow. I am fortunate that I will be learning by participating and observing the group. We were a new group of ten with a few people returning. Today we got to know each other in a lovely relaxed lounge setting.
Our first piece of writing was a two-minute write on one of 3 options – I chose the one “Why have I come here?”
I wrote about me achieving a long-held dream, here in Maggie’s practising therapeutic writing, and feeling privileged to be there. And it’s a great chance to do some writing, – which I love doing. We shared and laughed and later we had a twenty-five minute ‘Owl walk’ , where we all went for a wander of 200 steps exactly. Then our suggested writing prompt was to stop, listen, pay attention and write!
Here’s some of mine!
A garden intervenes
two rocks sit,
ground-hugging ivy is scrawling , scrabbling,
And the fuzzy fizzy fir tree
is right in my face.
Seagulls bleat repeatedly
and the rain spits at me
The snowdrops have wearied;
their heads wrinkled and brown.
Their spring has passed;
will come again.