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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Healing through Poetry Conference

The Open Frame

A beautiful day in Belfast
my body can taste the life
of plants and rivers
my tears are mine not yours
quilts are our ancestors
I gather these pebbles
and remember my place.

She curls up inside her coat
under Belfast's autumnal sky
the leaves fall asleep and so do I
I am grateful for connection
with once strangers.

Wordlessly good
emotional upheaval
a matter of life and death
the open frame of poetry.

This group poem was written by participants of IPTN's Healing Through Poetry
Conference '19 held in the Wellington Hotel, Belfast.