Behaving like humans, by Britta Benson

Picture credit: Britta Benson. Detail from the Obliteration Room, Tate Modern, London, 14th August 2022.

This poem was inspired by a free expressive writing workshop, run by Michelle Berberet ( These Tuesday classes have become a fixture in my diary and I cannot recommend them highly enough. The group is simply wonderful. Supportive. Creative. Human…

Behaving like humans

One rule.
Send love.
In a breath, a thought, a word, a hug.
Mug of tea. 
Shared cake.
Carbs help. 
Forget what you know.
Forget what you don’t know.
You don’t need more.
You’ve got enough to provide much needed first aid
in the shape of your innate, most tremendous kindness,
this ultimate weapon of humanity.
Always available.
Totally awe inspiring.
Completely free of charge. 
How come that’s so easy to forget,
when we worry about stuff
we can’t change...

13 thoughts on “Behaving like humans, by Britta Benson

    1. Thank you. You wouldn’t believe how many pictures I took in that Obliteration Room. It really was the highlight of my week in London. My happy place. Such a great idea. Spreading joy. Art at its best.

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    1. I can only recommend the series of workshops. And they’re free. They also do a ‘Jumpstart creativity’ weekly art class – only using stuff you’ve got lying around in the house. Also free. Both groups are fab.


    1. Worry is only moderately useful when it’s about stuff we actually can change. I’m guilty as most folk, when it comes to worrying about far too many things I cannot change. I guess, it’s one of the things I have to learn… I’m working on it.

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