“Close your eyes and allow your body to soften in the chair. Feel your feet connected with the ground. Feel how rooted you are to the earth.”
Our Love Arts workshop, Moving Poetry, began with a guided visualisation by artists Becky Cherriman and Kim Glassy with words by Luchs ‘Red Gold Yesterday’. This two-hour workshop was a chance for participants to reflect and respond to their emotional and physical connections to poetry. In return, individuals created their own work, sharing it with others.
This was a relaxing one-off workshop, allowing participants to connect with each other through words and movement. We then ended the session with a gift of writing or art to another person in the group.
We were pleased to welcome new and old friends to Artlink through Moving Poetry, all with a connection to the mental health sector
Below is the poem ‘Wild Geese’ by Mary Oliver which Becky read at the start of the workshop, asking participants to notice how the body changes as you hear the words,
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.