by David Baum, Ph.D.
Done during a five day Touch Drawing Class as part of the Doctor of Ministry program at Mathew Fox’s University of Creation Spirituality in Oakland, California.
Of all the painful images of 9-11, I was most profoundly affected by seeing people jumping to their deaths. I inwardly shuddered afterwards for weeks, imagining the unimaginable, the choosing of death by burning or jumping. For weeks afterwards this thought evoked deep sobbing. It was pain I could not move beyond.
Four months later in Touch Drawing, I found these unconscious images emerging. And when I lay them together, in one long storyboard, this poem emerged. By sharing the poem and images with my class, a deep and valuable healing occurred. I felt that a place inside had been released, a place that no amount of talking or therapy could ever reach. Touch Drawing, somehow, soothed much of the trauma of that horrible day.
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