The Bridge Poetry Program provides clients with the ability to express themselves in a totally unique way through an art medium. Most of the poets/clients have never done any creative writing prior to this program. A group collaborative poem, with contributions from all the different Bridge Poets to create one single work, is a great tool that focuses creativity on a specific topic.
Patricia Thackray, Director of the Bridge Poetry Workshops, said, "The poem is a container for feelings that can otherwise be inexpressible and it is the safety of the poetic form that allows them to express their feelings, which is therapeutic for people with mental illness." Each client wrote several lines of poetry collaboratively, the result is below:
Enormous moon, blood-red sky—
In the deep forest,
A languid woman lathers herself in sweet
White-water mist, lustrous hair streaming—
Blacker than night.
Our swimming goddess of beauty:
We worship and dream of you: Aphrodite
In all of us— put to countless tests during our era.
Sun rise upon us!
Raw, hot diamond power.
We swim from Him—
Pursue You through the day.
Driving off defeat.
Never seeing the beasts,
Staring them down—
To lust and drown in your radiant person.
A love more powerful and prodigious
Than all man-made riches.
O Goddess: protector,
Moving everything dead
To life once again—
— Michael Adams, Erin Austin, Karen Avilez, Gerald Borenstein, Hilary Cohen, Charlene Donnelly, William Fleming, Alicia Pacheco, Linda Ponticello, Theresa O'Sullivan