At The Hope Cafe today, we wrote postcards to say things we wanted to say but had been unable to.This proved to be a good way of unloading stuff, getting things off our chest. As Ted Bowman says, “If it’s unmentionable, it’s unmanageable”.
Another writing prompt was: ‘my favourite childhood place..’ after reading Larry Butlers’ poem ‘Safe places I knew as a Child’ which starts:
“Sitting on the toilet reading comics
the door locked – Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse,
Goofy, Superman, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd,
I could sit for hours with a pile of comics
up a pine tree swaying that the top
looking out across the neighbourhood
I could climb trees all day, slide down branches
and build a tree house with my friend Donny …”
Later, we listened to some howling with Allen Ginsberg:
“…yacketayakking screaming vomiting whispering facts and memories and anecdotes and eyeball kicks and shocks of hospitals and jails and wars,
whole intellects disgorged in total recall for seven days and nights with brilliant eyes, meat for the Synagogue cast on the pavement,
who vanished into nowhere Zen New Jersey leaving a trail of ambiguous picture postcards of Atlantic City Hall, …”
-an extract from Allen Ginsberg’s Howl,
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If you want to try writing something,write a postcard to someone, anyone, or a rant or a howl or a list!Whatever you write is right!
We explored our depths with a prompt called ‘Diving In’ – into expressive writing. We used a set of words that have more than one meaning, like: ‘bear, cleave, there, desert, sewer, skirt, run …’ This produced some very interesting pieces of writing!And a lot of laughter!
Here’s some of the piece I wrote :
Child of the Universe
I cleave like a limpet, a clampet, onto the cliffs,
I’ve survived the biggest storms- not let go my hands,
I can now see over the horizon.
I can become a lighthouse, a lifeboat
– I can become anything I want to be.
Wildness and wild places are where I’ll be,
they’re hame, they’re where ah need tae be.
I’ll write of the howl, I’ll write of the wolf
sit and look at the moon,
or that lovely new heart on Pluto.
I cleave to tenets, truths, revelations,
kindness, generosity, love,
Allowing all the water of the seas to roll over me,
wash away all my troubles relieving the weight on my back
with what is…