Participant Poems From The Virtual Event

During the Virtual Dialogue "The Poetic Spirit: Our Power To Reconnect A Divided World", participants had the opportunity to create their own poems in their small breakout groups of four or five people each. In preparation for the activity, each of the panelists contributed a phrase that participants could use as the opening line to their collective poem:

  • Valentina Frasisti: Walking with what I do not want to change …
  • Sarah Wider: At the heart of listening, I hear …
  • Isaiah Moon: As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say ... 

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“Walking with what I do not want to change…”

Walking with what I do not want to change
I tremble at the mountain base
the sky so far, another race
lonely as the road within seems
I advance one step forward

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Walking with what I do not want to change
An untrammeled heart

Seeking higher, the Treasure Tower escape

Glimpsing for glimmers of light
Nestled, embraced, safe
To return to the mundane,
with courage unbound,
to seek, to share, to create World Peace

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Walking with what I do not want to change
I gently face my weaknesses
and engage in joyful dialogue.

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Walking with what I do not want to change
people who I cannot accept,
maybe those parts of me that I cannot accept.
Yet, may I be open.
Open my heart as I walk into space 

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“At the heart of listening I hear…”

At the heart of listening I hear
Never give up never fear
As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say
Embrace all of humanity, don’t betray
Be considerate, have compassion for all
Unconditional love will save us when we fall
Let’s strengthen our resolve to save us all 

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At the heart of listening, I hear
The truth becoming, pure and graceful.
Your gentle love.
A babies heart beat.
The cry of mother earth.
Birthing of a new epoch.
Joy of spirit.
The heart will always listen.

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At the heart of listening,
I hear an ancient voice,
telling me not to be afraid

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At the heart of listening I hear what you say
And I feel sorry for all you have suffered.
Don't give up.
You are opening frontiers and helping us all in this endeavor.
Don't give up on us.

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At the heart of listening, I hear
What I thought was once hatred was really fear
The beating of time far and near
Compassion and love puts change into gear

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At the heart of listening, I hear
My empathic soul crying out to me
Receive the words of wisdom from your experiences with others
Gather them in our heart and form them into an action,
More anymore, moving into the future, for a peaceful society,
Traveling down the unknown road.

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At the heart of listening, I hear
The music of those before us, as a cry for
harmony, warmth, and hope for solidarity
We feel anguish, but our faith is like water not fire
where water is created from sparse ground and fire from damp wood
Our inner transformation one being at a time, brings warmth out of the anguish,
You and I Together, invincible Forever

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At the heart of listening I hear - a cry for my inner transformation
Walking with that I do not want to change - I march with a stout heart
As I look into the Future's eyes this is what I say - to the beings of the entire world 

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At the heart of listening I hear
never give up, never fear!!! 

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At the heart of listening, I hear
The cosmic black hole of silence, pure energy.
An invitation to something quiet
Is it rain or is it tears or is it the sound of my desire to wash this place clean.

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At the heart of listening I hear, the beat of authenticity
At the heart of listening I hear, the sounds of those who are suffering
At the heart of listening I hear, the whisper of transformation
On the beat of a joyful heart, we will fly on the wings of victory 

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At the heart of listening, I hear truth
I am stuck inside a Living Booth
Embrace my joy, embrace my challenges
Moving forward with a strong spirit
filled with hope and truth. 

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At the heart of listening,
I hear suffering that compels me to act,
hope is what drives that act and love is what heals the suffering. 

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At the heart of listening I hear no bad notes,
all vibrations are transformed into something beautiful.
At the heart of listening there can be no wrongdoing,
but continue on a path we are.
Making space for new worlds to be born.
A pretentious battle to express and unravel.
At the heart of listening I hear your breath, my breath, and the divine. 

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At the heart of listening, I hear hope
Though I cry through tears of confusion
Freedom calls
Freedom awakens me
As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say: I am free

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At the heart of listening, I hear the wailing souls of mothers yearning to be seen
and as I look into the future's eyes, this is what I say:
among the discord of seashells,
hold fast to optimistic yearning and courageously take action.

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At the heart of listening I hear - a cry for my inner transformation
Walking with that I do not want to change - I march with a stout heart
As I look into the Future's eyes this is what I say - to the beings of the entire world 

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At the heart of listening, I hear myself

Meandering mind, body and soul

Through my empathetic journey

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At the heart of listening, I hear
What all the trees have to say
I hear, my first thought as a baby
I listen to the whisper of the wind through the trees
Singing to my soul the lullabies of my memories
The cosmos breathes, inhale, exhale
This breath is carried in the wind, on a sunny day
Whispering past my ear
Thoughts of all I hold dear
I breathe out the quiet voice I cannot trust
I breathe in the knowledge that I am good enough
I send my cares unto the wind
The wind winds through the trees, giving them more to say
And comes back to me to let me know that I will be okay 

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At the heart of listening, I hear
The music of those before us, as a cry for
harmony, warmth, and hope for solidarity
We feel anguish, but our faith is like water not fire
where water is created from sparse ground and fire from damp wood
Our inner transformation one being at a time, brings warmth out of the anguish
You and I Together, Invincible Forever

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At the heart of listening, I hear suffering.
And a yearning for a new hope

At the heart of listening, I hear
The sound of possibilities and promises
At the heart of listening, I hear them. And I realize I'm hearing myself
Out of chaos and upheaval, hope for the future of humanity 

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“As I look into the future’s eyes…”

As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say…
Hello.
I have been looking forward to greeting you.
For so long, I have dreamed of what this moment could hold.
And now when it’s here, it’s not as I was told.
I worried if the future would bring what we want.
But it’s all peace, health and hope that I see around.
I Imagine us using all of our resources to heal the planet,
Living in harmony with nature,
Ridding the world of the delusions that divide us.
Then we could see the world for what it really could be. 

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As I look into the future’s eyes
This is what I say:
Please be kind and stay true to yourself
And listen to what they have to say.
Now is the time today beneath my feet
To plumb my part for any bias.
Summon the courage to explore and examine
Every nook and cranny
For delusion, disbelief, distortion, and transform.
Stay strong! Love the dawn, and don’t be afraid.
Amidst uncertainties new life arises.
As I look into the future’s eyes
This is what I say:
That it is yours, and I will take care of you.
Dialogue toward a shared goal is crucial. 

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As I look into the future’s eyes this what I say:  
Keep looking up,
Slowly and surely,
step by step,
Keep turning your face toward the sun 

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As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say
Hello!
Welcome home!
Welcome to the best time of your life! 

A time riddled with strife
But filled with hope happiness courage and pride
As we confront our greater self
A child-like innocence comes into play and engulfs our elf-like self. 

At the heart of listening, I hear
The voices of those waiting to be born
Filled with dancing light to illuminate the world  
When I hear the treasure tower
I am the treasure tower
I am who I am
As a lovely bird looking into the vast sky of Freedom 

As I look into the future’s eyes, this is what I say
I am here
I am a Buddha
I determine… I hear… I see 

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As I look into the future's eyes, this is what I say,
The night will vanish, hope will rise to brighten up my day!
Hearts with ears to listen and joy beyond the horizon is coming to fruition.
The elephant ears of my heart remember everything from the past and carry it with me.
Fears and uncertainties with the poetic spirit possibilities and our shared humanity reborn.  

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As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say
Let them never again be dismayed
When our hearts and minds unite as one
And ensuring that peace is here to stay
Welcoming the dawn of a new day

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As I look into the future's eye this is what I say.
I know you’re afraid.
Nightmares and atrocities made
From a stone’s throw away
In recent memory
But tomorrow is another day
And we will light the murky way
Somehow, I will rise to the awesome challenge.
Hold on, I am not as you remember me
I am more, I am a whole person,
Be kind to those that are stuck in the past,
There, history repeats itself, so please wait
Patiently for them to catch up.
Don’t look away from my own eyes,
At the core is what you’ll need to know.
Yesterday, today and tomorrow, all hinge
On what you write in your heart.
I know you’re afraid
Nightmares and atrocities made
From a stone’s throw away
In recent memory
But tomorrow is another day
And we will light the murky way. 

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As I look into the future's eye this is what I say,
Be humanistic in your gaze,
I welcome you my friend,
I trust the path that leads me to you,
Though I find it difficult to articulate what is in my heart,
I choose courage over fear and hope over despair.   

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As I look into the futures eyes, this is what I say
Let there never again be dismay, when our hearts and minds unite as one
ensuring that peace is here to stay
WELCOMING the dawn of NEW DAY!! 

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As I look into the future's eyes this is what I say,
Thanks for turning all aspirations into reality as I kept alive my promise I made in May.
The nature is rejoicing again and the Land is pure,
This spring is here as a result of winter we endured.
As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say
To see my children’s eyes burning bright as a sunny day  
I see the sun of gratitude other than clouds of despair  
I see the devastation of winter blossom into spring flowers so fair. 

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As I look into the future's eyes this is what I say
Good fortune has a shelf-life.
and while all this happens I understand that my life is now and I will do my best.
and while all this happens I understand that my life is now and I will do my best.

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As I look into the future's eyes, this is what I say:
Keep breathing and as you look to the sky,
we navigate hope and opportunities.
As the dawn is breaking,
I hear the birds of prey looking for beauty of a new day. 

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As I look into the future’s eyes this is what I say
I know that you are there before me and I am resilient and prepared
So boxed in can’t feel the common pain but our spirit assures us hope
Should I walk or should I run?

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