After four years of hosting #FirstFridays at The Waterside each month, we moved to quarterly, seasonal online events from March 2020.
This Friday, 5th June, is Summer.
Given what is happening around us all, I was cautious about simply ploughing ahead. However, I decided that offering a wholesome and creative space to gather was better than not.
It is space to be together, to see and be seen. To engage with words or silence. And to be comfortable in creative exploration.
We will use the beautiful poem by Mary Oliver, The Summer Day – the grasshopper poem – as our gathering point:
The Summer Day
Who made the world?Mary Oliver, from House of Light, Beacon Press, 1990
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper? This grasshopper, I mean –
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down –
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
Join us for an hour from 2-3 pm BST.
Contact me if you would like a Zoom invitation – firstname.lastname@example.org or reply to the email post.