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04 September 2023

Posted by Louisa Flynn

Writing for Wellbeing


I noticed the feeling inside:

the unmistakable flow

with words bubbling up like freshwater springs in stagnant salt water.

I heard the histories and visions of others,

given freely, without expectation.

Like blankets on a cool summer evening,

making it a little easier to stay outside for longer.

I admired the bravery. The openness. 

The embrace, the empathy and the compassion.

I was astonished by the abilities

and the eloquence 

that rolled off the tongues 

and moved through the pens.

I’d like to see the reassurance of the same

and the surprise of the new,

together in the room of my screen.

Most tender were the comments.

The acknowledgements

and the shared sense of knowing.

Most wonderful was the laughter.

From the gentle chuckles to the belly shakes,

that signified more than just humour.

There was hope in there.

What was happening was nothing short of magic.

A reminder to take a moment;

to look and to see things 

exactly as they are,

and to write and speak the words that come

without feeling they need to be any different. 



From a Writing for Wellbeing workshop; inspired partly by Mary Oliver's Gratitude

Photo by Keren Fedida on Unsplash

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