I have been attending a poetry group designed to give a voice and outlet to the homeless and other struggling individuals that they otherwise would…

I have been attending a poetry group designed to give a voice and outlet to the homeless and other struggling individuals that they otherwise would not have. Recently they lost their funding and they were forced to stop this group. Unfortunately, the biggest struggle for homeless and runaway youth is feeling that they have a voice or influence. This hurt me deeply. I felt like I was losing my voice again and suffered writers block. To cope with this I came to the realization that their work did not have to stop. It could live on if I keep what they taught me alive. I wanted to share this with all of you because I believe that loss is not going away any time soon. Therefore, we must learn how to make the better of it. To do so I started teaching an art class at the same place the workshops I had attend took place. This helped me feel like I had influence and like I was giving back a voice too. I also practice the techniques that they taught me and have been attending other poetry workshops. This same method I feel could be applied to other forms of loss. The focus is to not let what was meaningful to you just disappear. Grab a hold of it and spread it further. I have dealt also with my friend’s death and I had to take all of what she had taught me, all the memories and decide not to let them be destructive pain to me. Rather I had to use them as inspiration. This is how loss can be turned into a growth and continuance.
– Kevin

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