IMG_3136One City – One Heart took place on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Circular Church and was attended by over a dozen local writers and poets who came together to write and read and talk about community in the aftermath of the slaughter at Mother Emanuel…

Anyone who attended received amazing gifts from each other, the sharing of words, tears, laughter, and live performance, including spontaneous¬† flute and voice performances. LILA board member Marcus Amaker lead the event, opening with a reading of his own, followed by several who volunteered to read the essays and poems they’d already written.

LILA board member Mary Ann Henry then led the group in a guided meditation and free-writing exercise; after which each attendee read work they created in just minutes as thoughts and creativity flowed!

Many of the group will be sharing their words on LILA’s pages in the upcoming months… To kick that off, we heartily thank Cerantha Corley for her poem, “The Nine” below. Cerantha is a Native American Style Flute player, Reiki Master, Shaman, writer and painter. ¬†Learn more about her at

Our sincere thanks to all who attended what we now know will be the first of many such special events to foster communication through creativity in our community…

The Nine

by Cerantha Corley, Copyright 6/2015

They will be remembered
In times that follow
Written on the winds of history
The nine

Whose lives mattered before
Whose lives matter now
As guideposts to the new world
The nine

In V-shaped formation
Exiting on wings toward tomorrow
They followed their hearts
The nine

Out of misguided hate bullets
As angels sang to show the Way
Love rose that night from the Holy City
The nine

The Alpha and Omega
Left us new
Left us whole
Left us free

The blessed nine.

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