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A book collection of prose essays about memory, time, change, and wonder delivered to you throughout the year (4 editions total).
A book collection of prose essays about memory, time, change, and wonder delivered to you throughout the year (4 editions total).
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BORDERLINE at Bee Mindful

Posted by Brittany Chaffee (Creator)
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Bee Mindful event at ModernWell
Bee Mindful event at ModernWell

Last week, I posted up at ModernWell for the Bee Mindful event, hosted by Sarah Edwards. I went to promote BORDERLINE and write poems for those attending. It was on a Wednesday. We were all tired. But the minute I stepped into the spacious white room of ModernWell with a typewriter swinging at my hips, I felt at home.

Don't we all live for those serendipitous moments that pop up in our hearts and minds when we least expect them? All I had was a typewriter loaded with ink, 100 sheets of stark white paper, some champagne, and a room full of incredible humans. As women began to trickle in, the hollow clunking of my typing drew them to where I was posted in the middle of the room. Perhaps there's something nostalgic about the sound of the keys, or the curves of the typewriter's body.

All they had to do was tell me what allowed them find inner peace and their favorite song was lately. Then, I punched out a little poem. BORDERLINE is about finding mindfullness after all - mindfullness of sensory triggers and soul. And writing the poems for these people I had never met felt effortless. Simply based on how we all took a moment to realize we are the most brave when we take a deep breath.

Before we all knew it, we were hugging and tearing up. The evening was exactly what we needed, using the spirits of one another to figure out the world. Some things we learned: typos are inevitable and sometimes the most crucial element of life and the typewriter, we can't possibly know what everyone is going through, words of affirmation are entirely powerful, and being brave is a lot about love.

One of my favorite poems was for a woman named Kimberly Clairmont. She told me she baths soothed her during stressful days and (I don't remember the song, but I know it had something to do with love). I kept the typos. It went:

the water covers everything

all but my eyes, avove the surface.

the water covers everything

all but my worries, above the surface.

the water covers everything

all but my heart

i leave it above the surface

- a poem for kimberly clairmont

Photo by Lauren Engfer
Photo by Lauren Engfer
Photo by Lauren Engfer
Photo by Lauren Engfer

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