Collective Breath – 10/4/20

COLLECTIVE BREATH – Week of Sunday, October 4th, 2020

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“Go, sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound. The summer sun is faint on them— The summer flowers depart— Sit still— as all transform’d to stone, Except your musing heart.”

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Introduction:

A time of transition and transformation. A time of letting go. A time to drift outside of the fabric of time itself in order to soak it all in.

A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at http://www.sidewayseight.co which is my main outlet for personal poetry and photography: Sideways Eight Projects.

Asking them to let go

The leaves grieve as they

leave the trees, begging please

all the way to the ground beneath.

The breeze tempts their good fortune,

asking them to let go

of the life they have lived

to serve the forest as a whole

and the next generation

of new growth.

Hello fantastic people! My name is Jesse James Ziegler. I am the current Poet in Residence for the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. I am an active poet, special event MC, principle photographer, special event series host, and now weekly wellness writing workshop host in collaboration with Spoken Views Collective of which I am also a Board Member.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : Write about ‘Fall’

“This thou perceiv’st, which makes thy love more strong,

To love that well which thou must leave ere long.”

These closing lines of William Shakespeare’s sonnet number 73 emphasize the beauty and strength in loving boldly that which we know we ultimately will have to let go of one day.

I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, futuristically speaking, local guests to this program who help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual process.

Quote(s) of the Week:(5)

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.”

— Andrea Gibson

“Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.”

— Lauren Destefano

“And all the lives we ever lived and all the lives to be are full of trees and changing leaves”

— Virginia Woolf

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”

— Stanley Horowitz

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.”

— Shira Tamir

I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability I’m demonstrating will encourage others who love creative writing as well to open up, by sharing from their innermost, related to the topic provided. I’m hoping we all gain perspective, compassion, hope, and discipline through such organized sharing.

Piece or Pieces of the Week: (4)

A Matter of Inches

Beyond the Dog Days

Rustling

Feeling of Unity

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Write on the concept of ‘Taking Sides’

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

Release

BY ADELAIDE CRAPSEY

With swift

Great sweep of her

Magnificent arm my pain

Clanged back the doors that shut my soul

From life.

In the week to come I challenge you to open those doors which have shut your soul off from life.

That’s it for my personal portion. If this is where you get off this train of thought, because you checked in to listen, thank you for tuning in and absorbing. I appreciate your time and consideration. If you are here for the Weekly Wellness Writing Workshop group portion via Zoom Meeting, please transition to that application now using the link provided in the details/description section of the ‘Collective Breath’ Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page.

Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep giving. Keep doing. Keep daring to believe in a better way of living.

Keep loving and creating. Keep each other safe and sound. Keep it real, and keep the faith. I love you. Goodbye for now.

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Being heard, stirred, and perhaps cured by life's many hidden images and the written-spoken word.
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