[OSList] OS List Poetry Competition

Jonathan Coe coej66 at hotmail.com
Mon May 12 04:37:36 PDT 2014

Dear Open Space Colleagues,

I now re-open the OSLIST Restricted Form Poetry Contest! 

Whoever feels so inspired - I invite you to create some original poetry with two aspects:

should be about Open Space Technologyand 
evocative of the Emptiness/Awareness/Oneness/Space/Consciousness within which all apparent activity arises - including of course OST practices, entries for poetry competitions and emails inviting entries for poetry competitions....
I hope that is as specific and as vague an invitation as suits your poetic pens. 

I especially encourage entries from anyone who thinks they are somehow separate from the conversation of poetry... 
Send your poetry directly to me at coej66 at hotmail.com before midnight (in whatever time zone you live) on Sunday, June 1st.

 will collect them and then show them back to you so you
 may indicate your preferences, in awareness that all contributors have already contributed something of themselves, and something reflective of us all also. 

Counted preferences will determine who the new Poet Laureate of the OSLIST or, new title, the Poet Laureate of Open Space, will be - someone who will hold the 
space for poetry by sharing and / or inviting poetry on the list for the
 next six months. 

A role I have not myself fulfilled very well, for which I apologise. A number of poems are online at http://poetryofopenspace.blogspot.co.uk/. Whoever takes the role is offered this space to move forward with, or to leave as it is. 

All  OSLIST members, including past Poet Laureates, are invited to participate. If you write your poem in your own language which may not be English, please do add a translation in English.

All contributions are welcomed. All are invited to risk again the  "bitter unwanted passion of your sure defeat" - not an invitation to despair or inaction, but to bold and vulnerable activity. This line is from the poem below, from the fabulous David Whyte, with whom I recently spent a day.

Bon courage mes amis!


Self Portrait 
    It doesn't interest me if there is one God

        or many gods.

        I want to know if you belong or feel


        If you know despair or can see it in others.

        I want to know 

        if you are prepared to live in the world

        with its harsh need

        to change you. If you can look back

        with firm eyes

        saying this is where I stand. I want to know

        if you know 

        how to melt into that fierce heat of living

        falling toward

        the center of your longing. I want to know

        if you are willing

        to live, day by day, with the consequence of love

        and the bitter

        unwanted passion of your sure defeat.

    I have heard, in that fierce embrace, even

        the gods speak of God. 

      -- David Whyte
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