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Notes from the Field

In a recent Create to Heal class, we discovered the joys of Poetry.

According to Robert Frost, Poetry is “when an emotion has found it’s thought and the thought has found words.”

Poetry is an invitation to feel, to “wallow in the swamp of your experiences” without drowning. It’s heart, rhythm, the beat of the day. Poetry is life itself, packing all that you see and feel into a few lines … the essence, the core of things.

You are panning for gold, looking for insight and the blessings of human emotion.

The exercise for today: pick a word, any word that captures how you are feeling in this moment … 

Write it down, 20 or 30 times if you must, until you begin to free associate. Keep your hand flowing on the page, let the words tumble out, don’t worry about their meaning, just keep writing … for example:

Safe, I feel safe.







Now make a little narrative using these words – a short burst – a short story:

I sit at the fire,

Aah, the flow of warmth.

Constant, uninterrupted.

I feel safe.

I trust

All is as it should be.

The grandmaster of packing it all into a few lines is Ezra Pound, 1995 – 1972.

Now here is a master of packing it all in: Ezra Pound, 1885 – 1972.

From his original 60 lines, to 2, in his poem called: In a Station of the Metro

The apparition of these faces in the crowd;

Petals on a wet, black bough.