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Open Mic: The Albatross

Downtown Eureka Springs
Event organized by Downtown Eureka Springs

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Due to a busy month of scheduling, we've moved open mic to next week! Open mic will resume Thursday the 12th!

The story of the 'albatross round your neck' is from Samual Taylor Coleridge's poem 'The Time of the Ancient Mariner.'

In the poem, an albatross starts to follow a ship — being followed by an albatross was generally considered a sign of good luck. However, the titular mariner shoots the albatross with a crossbow, which is regarded as an act that will curse the ship (which indeed suffers terrible mishaps). Even when they are too thirsty to speak, the ship's crew let the mariner know through their glances that they blame his action for the curse. The albatross is then literally hung around the mariner's neck by the crew to symbolize his guilt in killing the bird. Thus, the albatross can be both an omen of good or bad luck, as well as a metaphor for a burden to be carried as penance.

So what do you feel is the albatross in your life? Have you experienced a moment where someone close to you had to, figuratively, wear the albatross around their neck?

Come with your fabulous stories and we'll see you next week!