A Great Need

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Out

Of a great need

We are all holding hands

And climbing.

Not loving is a letting go.

Listen,

The terrain around here

Is

Far too

Dangerous

For

That.

         - Hafiz of Shiraz

         (translated by Daniel Ladinsky)

  • This poem speaks to how dangerous situations demand we pull together. Write a poem, beginning "Out of a great need..." that explores what and whom you gain support from.

  • Describe the dangerous terrain you find yourself in. What does it look like? What makes it dangerous? How are you navigating it.

  • Where are you on the slope of your life? What can you see from here?