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A poetic gathering at Maison Jésus-Marie

A group of poets came to present their poetic creations to the Sisters at Maison Jésus-Marie on February 13th. To the delight of the Sisters living there, the poetic gathering took place in the various community rooms.

This original activity has always been very appealing to the Sisters. This type of presentation puts them in touch with the concerns of today’s world. Through their poems, members of the group share their thoughts about their families, their loves, nature, and many other topics that inspire them to want to learn more.

As was pointed out by the new literary association, poets play an important role in society. "They sing of life, they sing of love and sparks of light spring forth from their pens."  It was in this spirit that the group participated in this activity.

The poets included Johanne Bissonnette, Michel Lebreton, Philippe Robitaille, Jean-Guy Giguère, Hélène Viens and Rose Lévesque, the foundress of this new association.

A twenty-page collection of poems was given to each Sister present. The focus on this new literary circle has been greatly appreciated by the Sisters. The session ended with a discussion period during which light refreshments were offered by the Recreation Committee. It was a great opportunity to share impressions and to engage in friendly conversation.

We are reminded that this activity has taken place four years in a row, and given the interest shown each time, we can only assume that it will be back next year. In the meantime, the young literary association, known as "Les Amis de la Poésie de Longueuil", offers a place for budding poets to share their views. Through monthly meetings, members are invited to talk about their creations and meet other artists who have already published some of their poems.

Photos - Sister Gisèle Lalande

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