In March Friends Meet

In March Friends Meet

We sit quietly in the Friends Meeting room,
Friends surround us, shoes scuffing, coughs and sneezes now and again
Egg shaped spaces engulf all of us – nicely oval and not too overt
We breathe together, not in unison; our thoughts do not meld
Or anything as mystical as that. The cold air continues outside the hall
Bright morning sunshine breaks through the many windows that line the walls
Warming us nicely as we share common ground.

Someone stands and speaks, then another,
We shuffle inwardly each time
to listen without breaking the gentle cocoons surrounding us
A story, a message, an idea, a fear, an aspiration, a hope for all of us to improve by
Silence returns and we scuff our shoes, and cough and sneeze
We breathe together, lost in our own thoughts of humanity and community
Bringing us peace as we share common ground.

–by Ava Hypatia

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Prompt: Join everyone at Open Link Night at D’Verse Poets.

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8 Responses to In March Friends Meet

  1. Grace says:

    Sharing and finding that common ground – I like that ~

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  2. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the communal meeting in the oval shape. I assume this is a Quaker service? Just breathing together should be beneficial to a community.

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  3. I feel that safety you can only feel among people that you truly trust… there is comfort in a silence like that.

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  4. Sabio Lantz says:

    Loved the oval etheric space surrounding each meditator
    A fine playful snapshot of a Friends Meeting
    who’d guess, such simple silence and gathering
    could be so refreshing
    without hands in the air and praising the sky

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  5. jillys2016 says:

    “We shuffle inwardly each time…” This line is such a fabulous picture of listening with our whole selves. This poem slows the life pace to a gentle place. Well done!

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  6. Abhra says:

    “We shuffle inwardly each time
    to listen without breaking the gentle cocoons surrounding us”

    Very interesting write. Loved it.

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  7. “Gentle cocoons surrounding us”. “Common ground”. This leaves me with such a serene feeling. Thank you!

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  8. ‘We breathe together, lost in our own thoughts of humanity and community. Bringing us peace as we share common ground.’

    Love this.❤️ For friendship to bloom, it is important to have a common interest and ground 🙂 Beautifully penned.

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