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    Come to My World - a collective poem

    This beautiful group poem was written by seven participants who attended the Nature and Wellbeing course; a collaborative project between Sheffield Flourish and IWUN  in October 2018. During six weeks, we used a range of storytelling techniques including creative writing, poetry, and painting to express and transform our thoughts and personal experiences of nature and being outdoors. This poem reflects some of the themes and personal stories (connection and disconnection, place, hope, curiosity, unblocking feelings, etc.) that emerged during the course. By welcoming readers into different ‘worlds’ and landscapes, this poem also shows how a poetic and imaginative engagement with nature can help and be meaningful when the weather is ‘cold and grey outside’.

    Come to My World

    A dissociative cocoon, half hidden, awaiting the safety of the circle.

    My map is a labyrinth, take the risk, follow the swirl and you’ll be safe.

    Close up you see the glittering dance of the moon

    as it lies in the pulses of my body.

    I speak colours and translate them into butterflies.

    Come to my world,

    a heart ablaze, a landscape taken over by the sunrise,

    ivies reach out to many skies

    and I’m amazed how they reach out for love,

    for hope, the way they glide.

    Come and dwell in my world

    It’s cold and grey outside.

    Many thanks to Joan, Stacey, Lucia, Tina, Juliet, Ella, and Jayne.

    Shirin Teifouri

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