Twice a month I attend a group poetry therapy session. I know what you are thinking, poetry therapy? In a group setting?
Basically we come together and with the help of a facilitator we write poetry. The prompts are poems that we are given to open up our writing brain. It is a pretty amazing experience.
Leonard Nathan entitled So? It is a poem about accepting who you are not and who you will never become but also about who you are. We were encouraged to write our own version by following the format of his poem. It is admittance of your weaknesses, the shortcomings that you have imposed on yourself. But also the acceptance of your strengths.
And it was liberating. I encourage you to do the same. Who have you always aspired to be? What have you hoped to do but know it is impossible? By writing my version of this poem, I let go some of those dreams and accepted who I am right now.
Leonard Nathan Regina Gort
So you aren't Tolstoy or Saint Francis So you aren't Jacques Cousteau or Mary Oliver
or even a well-known singer or even the Queen of England,
of popular songs and will never read Greek will probably never again read Tolstoy or
or speak French fluently, speak Japanese fluently.
will never see something no one else You will never fly to the moon or discover
has seen before through a lens the missing link.
or with the naked eye. You have been given the ability to love and
You've been given just one life receive love.
in this world that matters and more than that you can look yourself
and upon which every other life straight in the eye
somehow depends as long as you live, and honestly say that you matter.
and also given the costly gifts of hunger,
choice, and pain with which to raise
a modest shrine of meaning.