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The City of Love

The City of Love has been a work in progress for over 12 years. In Spring of 2014, the final draft of this three act dramatic poem will be done. Following the traditional Greek style, the poem uses the Gods to reveal the struggles of mankind. Influences on the writing style and construction include: Iphegenia in Tarsus (Euripedes), The Epic of Hades (Lewis Morris), as well as Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Coriolanus.
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The City of Love

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I, in my folly, my foolish need to ease,

have brought to the light what should be kept darkly.

-Laineta

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The Story

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Sadima, the goddess of War, wakes on the sands of a beach just outside the walled City of Love. She cannot remember how she came to be there, who she is, or what, if anything, is her reason for being.

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Ookeanu, the Lord of the Ocean, sees her and falls in love but cannot speak to her because he has no human form. His twin, Laineta of the Waves, goes to Issand the Creator and asks him to make a man for her brother so he can speak to Sadima. Issand goes into the Garden of Lost Things and builds a man, Sangar, from the memories others have lost.

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Unknown to all, Issand has chosen to build Sangar from Sadima's forgotten past. When they meet, she recognizes her life within him. Sadima is faced with the choice of does she take back who she was, or does she leave the past behind to become someone new?

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Deciding she must hold on to choice and not fall back into the past she takes back her memories but does not become them - leaving Sangar lifeless on the beach. Sootus the Innocent paints Sadima's face with Sangar's blood so all will know what she has done. He sends her to the City of Love, telling her within she will meet her suffering and release. The Lord of the Ocean follows, his grief at her rejection of his gift falling as rain.

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In the city, Lootma, the Demon of Hope, rules. The Goddess of Love, Aramastas, has been imprisoned for centuries beneath the City, locked in chains of insanity. Only as the Auslander approaches on a Black Horse in the sky, Wisdom sitting behind him blind and deaf from age, does Love begin to stir and the madness release its hold.

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The Auslander is racing Azuras, the Demon King, who is dancing on the mountain ridge and drawing near. All of this is coinciding with the celebration of the impending death of the oldest man and the birth of the newest, an event that only happens in simultaneity once a millenium. Should the gates be open to the Demon King, he will gain control of the City of Love forever, and the World will be lost. Hope waits to lift the latch.

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As the flames of the feast are lit, Aramastas rises to the surface, each step bringing clarity and memory of why madness possessed her - the betrayal and death of her lover, Peace, at the hands of War.

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Responsive Wellness Community
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Zen-OASIS

In conjunction with MHCA-OASIS (Providence) Cassandra Tribe has developed the Responsive Wellness Program that she runs 8 times a week at the center. The Responsive Wellness program is based upon the work of Kwame McKenzie (Social Capital and Mental Health) and incorporates many of the tenets of Chan Buddhism while maintaining a secular form. The program uses Qi Gong, Isometric/Isotonic exercises and traditional Northern Shaolin forms to provide balance and flexibility development, meditation and teaches the game of GO to improve cognitive functioning. The ZEN-OASIS app is free and evolving to provide anyone interested with ways to deal with anxiety, stress and to increase their wellness wherever they are.

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    Cassandra Tribe lives in Pawtucket, RI with a cat, three fish and a small flock of 150 birds. She runs the Dragon Mountain Zen Center, the Responsive Wellness program at MHCA/OASIS, teaches writing and other workshops at the Learning Connection and is a freelance writer. Her focus is on living by the three treasures of patience, frugality and humility.

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