Cancer is invasive. It affects the people who were diagnosed, caregivers, family and friends. MyLifeLine.org Cancer Foundation and the Institute for Life and Care believe writing is an important step people can take to begin dealing with the emotional effects of cancer.
Join us on August 29th for a Write to Heal webinar presented by Rev. Becky Porter, MA, MDiv, BCCC, CMT of the Institute for Life and Care. She will walk participants through some cancer poetry readings including the one below, then invite participants to write for themselves to explore the ways in which writing can enhance self-awareness, self-care and emotional healing.
Participants can share as much or as little as they feel comfortable. Becky creates a warm, safe atmosphere for all participants and typically leads day-long writing workshops, the webinar is a new adventure.
We are limiting participation to the first 10 to RSVP, and there are only 2 spots left! So sign up fast writeheal-blog.eventbrite.com
Oxygen, Mary Oliver
Everything needs it: bone, muscles, and even,
while it calls the earth its home, the soul.
So the merciful, noisy machine
stands in our house working away in its
lung-like voice. I hear it as I kneel
before the fire, stirring with a
stick of iron, letting the logs
lie more loosely. You, in the upstairs room,
are in your usual position, leaning on your
right shoulder which aches
all day. You are breathing
patiently; it is a
beautiful sound. It is
your life, which is so close
to my own that I would not know
where to drop the knife of
separation. And what does this have to do
with love, except
everything? Now the fire rises
and offers a dozen singing, deep-red
roses of flame. Then it settles
to quietude, or maybe gratitude, as it feeds
as we all do, as we must, upon the invisible gift:
our purest, sweet necessity: the air.
Oliver, M. (2005). New and selected poems: Volume two. Boston: Beacon Press, 25