[OSList] Poetry Contest - the poets, revealed

Mon Feb 20 17:20:10 PST 2012

And now - all the poetry that inspired and invited in this season's  
Such a richness of imagery, reflection and creativity.
 From across the world, and for some of these poets - creating  
beautiful language in a language that is not their mother tongue.
We are so lucky to have you among us.
Feel free to share your poetry at any time, all of you.
Because your doing so gives us rich nutrition... - Lisa



An open space?
I hesitate

A call somewhere?
I hesitate

An open door?
I hesitate

And people too?!
I hesitate!

Supposed to speak?
I hesitate!!

Tell what I need...
I hesitate...

Tell what I want?
I hesitate!

And they all hear...
I doubt they do!

They will not care!
I´m sure, I´m sure...

And... there they come!
Oh my! They do!

And now we talk!
We do! We do!!!

...they listen too...
...and so do I...

...and what will come...?
Oh my! Oh my!!!

-- Agneta Setterwall (Uppsala, Sweden)



space, no longer a void
filled with passion
and responsibility
in the golden centre
sits Fr Brian, smiling

-- Kerry Napuk (Edinburgh, Scotland)



breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out

Who ever is breathing
breathes in – breathes out.
Whatever is breathed
it is breathed in – breathed out.
Whenever I´m breathing
I breathe in –  I breathe out.
Wherever I´m breathing
I breathe in – I breathe out.
When I stop breathing its over,
but its not over as long
I breathe in – I breathe out.
The turn between in and out
tells me that we are all one
in breathing.

breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out
breathe in – breathe out

-- Florian Fischer (Berlin, Germany / Rodalquilar, Spain)



being one with life
with the snowy slopes
with the river that flows
through the mountain village
wider and wider

being a person alive
one among many
swimming and grasping desperately
a piece of wood to hold on to
tighter and tighter

witnessing and trusting
whatever comes
the piece of wood as well as the river
a love story of presence
walking on but never leaving

between the out-breath and the in-breath
vastness of space conceiving a star
continuous breathing
the light of the unknown
no beginning and no end

-- Griet Hellinckx (Bavaria, Germany)



We’re in trouble
A promise not kept
Not the first time
The boss is desperate

They’ve come to me
Help! They say
14 countries meeting on the “dateline”
All expect major change

Here, read this…
I’m handed the “green book”
OST – User Guide
Make a pitch in the morning

I pitch it
They buy it
All assemble in the circle
On the dateline

A decade later
It is still referred to as
The Miracle at Madang!

-- Elwin Guild (Connecticut, USA)



Space Infinite
Space Complex
Space Simple
Space Elegant
Space Open

open space infinite complex simple elegant

-- David Smith (Victoria, Australia)



 From the heart:
and Serving
One process
One Circle
Not Two Is Peace

Dorota Klimowicz (Toronto, Canada)




Space between the walls
Space between my eyes and this word
Space between the Sun and Earth,
between the comets and the stars, space.

Space between the roof and the floor
Space between the cell and its neighbor cells
Space between the electrons, and protons and neutrons,
between you and me and us, space.


Open the door to cross a threshold
Open your eyes to let the light carrying these letters in
Open your ears to let the vibrations talk to you
Open your mind to realize there’s only space
Open your heart to understand that space is a Gift.

Open the Gift

Open the Gift to create, to express, to become.
Open the Gift of losing yourself and finding ourselves.
Open the Gift of letting the Universe express to ourselves.
Open the Gift of becoming the paint of the Universe masterpiece...
The Universe itself.

-- Carlos Adrián Pompa González (Monterrey, México)



Whoever comes
will definitely meet
the law of two feet
and rules
that state
that she is right
and he is right
and place is right
and time is right
whoever comes

-- Arno Baltin (Tallinn, Estonia)



A breath
a gentle nod
and here we go
- I'm on my toes
but ease back

The circle is open
the wall is too
mind is numb
and so it is
a fraction - of a second

What do I love?
feel passion for
concern, or connection
- responsibility?
who am I?

Two feet
and a heart
and a pen
paper and a wall
and a hall, and some chairs
and above all
- my fellows, my friends
my teachers

-- Marie Ann Östlund (Stockholm, Sweden)


And also the lovely poem Jane shared with us during this time...

letting go

i stood at the circumference
of the open circle
and breathed too hard
and felt light-headed
and as i fell
i knew
the ground would catch me

and i emerged the same
but different

-- Jane E Lewis (Tainan, Taiwan)


A deep bow to you all, Lisa

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