Collective Breath – Episode 43 – 5/2/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


It comes down to shots,

when you hear the word

what are your thoughts?

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


If you insist on remaining asleep

I’ll serve you breakfast in bed

as you must have missed what I keep

locked down within my head

shots fired, shots retired,

burning the midnight oil

wire to wire inspired.

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’m a member of the Sierra Literary Cooperative and the spoken word/poetry contributor to Reno Arts News. 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. I also personally celebrated the final day of #nationalpoetrymonth by applying to be the City of Reno’s Poet Laureate which would be a dream role come true.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

— Michael Jordan

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : Taking shots at someone VS. taking shots with someone

I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, 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:(4)

“I love being in the editing room and playing with tempo and with the rhythm of shots.”

— Damien Chazelle

“If you need more than 10 rounds to hunt, and some argue they hunt with that many rounds, you shouldn’t be hunting. If you can’t get the deer in 3 shots, you shouldn’t be hunting. You are an embarrassment.”

— Joe Biden

“People like to tear you down. People are always going to take shots. You’ve just got to go for it.”

— Joan Jett

“The most difficult quality is to make the right decision. Because you can be quick, you can be strong, you can jump incredibly, you can have the best shots and you can be able to score goals from 50 yards, but if you don’t know when to shoot, when to run or when to jump, you’re lost.”

— Ander Herrera

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, and intentional building of community.

Piece or Pieces of the Week: (2)

A series of questions

With and At

For further personal reading/viewing/watching live

I challenge you: continue to regularly read poetry and watch performance poetry even though National Poetry Month is over. I know I will.

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: respond to the abstract phrase ‘wild turkeys in warmer weather’

Shout Outs

To Iain Watson, Mary Bennett, and Chase McKenna, thank you again and I love you.

To Steph Mystic and Elisa Garcia, awesome work, along with all of the performers associated with ‘Assault’ a collaborative response to #nationalpoetrymonth and #sexualassaultawareness held at the POTENTIALIST workshop. See the Potentialist Facebook page to watch the virtual perspective of the show. Thank you again to Steve Elegant and Derek Nance for sharing and contributing in an integral way by running tech. Thank you again to Safe Embrace for your presence and purpose.

Thank you ALL for your presence and purpose.

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

That’s it for my personal portion but it isn’t it for my purpose. 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 Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page for ‘Collective Breath’. The link to watch previous episodes is in the bio section of the Collective Breath Instagram page @biggestlittlecollectivebreath

“Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”

— Christopher Morley

‘Keep’ (my frictionless benediction)

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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