Artistic Afternoons: It's all I have to bring today by Emily Dickinson It's all I have to bring today— This, and my heart beside— This, and my heart, and all the fields— And all the meadows wide— Be sure you count—should I forget Some one the sum could tell— This, and my heart, and all the Bees Which in the Clover dwell. ___ Begin your own short poem with Dickinson’s first line: “It’s all I have to bring today…” and then name some of what you are carrying into this afternoon. It can rhyme like hers, but doesn’t have to. What gifts have you received that you now carry with you, visual memories or the beauty found in a particular relationship? Or perhaps what harder things are you carrying as well? Perhaps imagine that you are unfolding a parcel, untying fabric corners and laying it flat to reveal its contents. Name what is there, and let it be your prayer of presence this afternoon—bringing exactly who you are and what you carry into this moment with God.

Posted by Jamie Bonilla at 2023-08-01 20:30:50 UTC