Portions of The Peace Poetry Project were facilitated in New Orleans at Tambourine & Fan camp this summer. One of the results was a magical poem by 9 & 10 year old girls on peace, (“Our Piece on Peace”), written 2 weeks before the Baton Rouge incident occurred. Their poem was received so well, they were able to perform it at an event that campers from around the city attended.
The 7 & 8 year old girls wrote a list of peace words and a poem was written based on their words. The 11 & 12 year old boys participated also by writing some haiku’s on what is peace to them.The other poems will be listed on the site AUM137.org as time allows.
“Our Piece on Peace” is being featured because though only a portion of the group contributed lines to the poem, they did so thoroughly. Going through the process as a group to come up with a peace poem took patience, collaboration, and being humble. In addition it took some deep thinking to create a harmonious piece.
To take it a step further; once the poem was written the entire class came together to memorize and recite it. Initially they were easily distracted and appearing not to focus on the task at hand. In the end, when the time to perform arrived they did so perfectly ignoring all distractions.This is peace in action.
On another level, with tension so tightly wrought in the air their unified voices could not give a stronger message. “Remember us, children, striving for a better tomorrow”. No matter how loudly they speak, their voices are but a murmur in a sea of pain, conflict and disharmony. Their poem might be the words of many children. Young and wanting to have fun. Childhood comes once and then it is gone. Why wouldn’t they want a world “without segregation, No separation, Unifying All nations” wouldn’t all children ask “so keep us in mind. Remember the children”.
The question is is there any way we can oblidge?