The Group

For Sunday Whirl: Wordle #24

The Group

Each one can remember
a time of being fearful,
of being lost, alone.

They gather in this circle,
each face turned away from a life
cobbled half hazard together in past.

Myriad concrete barriers that once
held them apart from one another,
now melted away by mutual agreement.

A bit like attending church,
though they might protest
that simple definition.

Mostly they talk, tell stories
of adventures they’ve had since
last meeting. Each one alert,

watching for signs of distress
in others, opportunity to give
caring support to well loved friend.

Elizabeth Crawford  10/2/11

Notes: For whatever reason, I was focused on the idea of group and wanted to make this one as anonymous as possible, thus universal and representative of the human need to gather, congregate, to belong. This reads far more like prose than poetry.

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14 Responses to The Group

  1. Nanka says:

    Beautiful thoughts and a great idea for support giving and showing concern!! Little gestures like these in times of need, go a long way!! Prose or poetry who cares, as this thought is so marvelous Elizabeth!!


  2. Morning says:

    love it,

    poetry is a tool to learn about the world.


  3. laurie kolp says:

    Elizabeth- The miracle of group therapy– love it!

    Myriad concrete barriers that once
    held them apart from one another,
    now melted away by mutual agreement.


  4. However it is written, it reads as lovely. Yes, group therapy can work wonders for people.
    Lovely use of the prompt!


  5. pmwanken says:

    Wonderful use of this group of words…they melted into your poem just as the barriers within the group melted away.

    I know that I, for one, have appreciated the sense of “group” within this poetry community these past weeks.


  6. Mary says:

    Any group of people that gathers and talks can work wonders, I think. Caring support is so important…..for everyone. Nice thoughts here, Elizabeth!


  7. Susannah says:

    You used these wordle words well, to tell a tale that anyone who has experienced the bonding found in supportive groups can identify with. Nicely done Elizabeth. 🙂

    I had trouble with some of this weeks wordle words but eventually managed to write two! lol


  8. Elizabeth, I love the direction you took the words. There is nothing better than sitting round with a group of friends and chatting.



  9. Mike Patrick says:

    Your feeling of group came from associations to the wordle. It is interesting how diverse those associations can be, even within close-knit family members. This one really worked for you.


  10. brenda w says:

    Excellent piece, Elizabeth. For me, it was like reading about all of us, this online writing community. I turn from my real life world to this, and it provides support, and celebration. We share our “selfs” through our stories. I love this for its universality, and thank you for its expression.


  11. Mr. Walker says:

    Elizabeth, I like the thought of protesting “that simple definition” and yet it carries so much power with it – the idea of attending church. It is sacred. I love that “melted away by mutual agreement” – what’s better than that? We need more groups like that. It’s a wonderful poem – and I’m so taken with the ideas in it, which I think speaks to how well you’ve written it.



  12. vivinfrance says:

    It never ceases to amaze me how different the wordle poems turn out to be. This one leaves me with some comforting and comfortable feelings. Happy thinking makes a worthwhile poem.


  13. Mary says:

    Ellizabeth, email me…as I found a place for us to meet and cannot ever find your email address. Thanks.


  14. The power of the Circle does its work, wherever people of good hearts gather. Lovely, Elizabeth.


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