[OSList] New Poet Laureate: The OSLIST Poetry Contest!

Alan Stewart via OSList oslist at lists.openspacetech.org
Sat Jul 2 02:37:23 PDT 2016

G'day Jeff, Newly retired  Poet Laureate of the OSTLIST and convener of
this next round, and All.

Congratulations to you Carmela as the worthy person to carry the mantle.

I am the contributor of the two  anonymous entries.

As I indicated to Jeff, "They are products of my being deeply influenced by
experiencing of OST and the World Cafe as a practitioner and as an
associate of lively spirits all around our little planet, 3rd from the sun."

And while my poems do not touch directly on OST they are the underpinning
of another process, closely related, which has similar principles. This
innovation is a way in which a host opens space not in the course of
addressing complex issues. In this the purpose is to to co-create a
container in which participants have rich encounters with strangers.

More on what I call *Conversare,* from the Latin *con versare - to turn or
to dance together *can be seen about what it is
<http://conversare.net/?page_id=250> , events in America in 2013
<http://conversare.net/?m=201305>and what is now emerging
<http://conversare.net/?p=2337>  including for WOS24 in Manila.

This note comes from Hong Kong, the place where *Conversare* was born
during my stay of six happy years until 2011 when I returned to Adelaide,
Australia. I am spending a few days here meeting up with old friends and
then going on to London for several weeks to connect f2f with my three
England born grandchildren ages 5 to 8.

Looking forward with no expectations and delicious anticipations ...

Go well


*Alan Stewart, PhDFacilitator of conversations that matter and
participatory funSenior Fulbright ScholarBlog: **Conversare*
*FB: https://www.facebook.com/ConversareSA

*Member: **National Trouble Makers Union <http://www.ntmu.com.au/>*

*Book: Time to converse- at the heart of human warmth


* ‘Be prepared to be delighted’*

On 1 July 2016 at 22:28, Jeff Aitken via OSList <
oslist at lists.openspacetech.org> wrote:

> Carmela Ariza is our new Poet Laureate of the OSLIST. Her poem is #5
> below, entitled Moo. Congratulations Carmela!
> Chris Corrigan will you arrange to send Carmela your book The Tao of Open
> Space? Thanks for offering it as a prize for being selected!
> Thanks to all who composed poems and all who participated (by reading, by
> voting) in our celebration and contest.
> Below are the poems with their author's names unless they asked to be
> anonymous.
> May reading, hearing, writing, and speaking poetry enhance our lives in
> Open Space!
> 1: Tenneson Woolf
> It was obvious there was pain.
> Feelings hurt. Wounds infected.
> Hopes, dwindling relentlessly over the horizon called “not today.”
> It was the story underneath, finally excavated,
> that began to change everything.
> 2: Huck Lin
> 圍圓坐  sit around circle
> 相視識. Look to know each other
> 取紙筆 take pen n paper
> 述題旨 describe your theme
> 選時空 choose a space n time
> 召人議 invite people to discuss
> 蜂採蜜 bees keep busy
> 蝶翩舞 butterfly dances
> 此即時 now is right time
> 隨心聚 gather with your heartl
> 終亦始 end is also start
> 3: Paul Levy
> We are spreading out to the centre,
> Unravelling to the core;
> We are flowing in the stillness,
> Living less being more.
> The space it is opening,
> The circle spirals in;
> The frozen turns to water,
> The frown becomes a grin.
> 4: Rolf Schneidereit
> Wenn ich sein kann
> wer ich bin
> kann ich werden
> wer ich sein kann
> When I can be
> who I am
> I can become
> Who I can be
> 5: Carmela Ariza
> Moo
> We moved
> To overcome
> Frames
> Stale and hardened
> We mooed
> Crossing over
> Grassy fields
> Verdant minds
> We mowed
> Sharp shears
> Breaking through
> Rigid thoughts
> We mooed
> As we moved
> On mowed
> Open spaces
> 6: Huck Lin
> 邀集圓坐相視識 Invite to sit a circle. Look to know each other
> 取紙筆 述題旨Take pen n paper;  describe your theme
> 擇時空 召人議Choose a space n time; call people to meet
> 蜂飛蝶舞此即時Bees keep busy  butterfly dances  now is right time
> 隨心聚散 Gather or leave with your heart
> 終亦始 end is also start
> 7: Huck Lin
> 邀圓環視取紙筆Invite a circle, look around, take a pen and paper
> 選定時空述題旨Choose a time-space, describe your topic
> 蜂蝶飛舞此即時 Bees and butterflies are dancing, now is right time
> 隨心聚散終亦始Gather or leave with your heart, end is also start
> 8:
> We have a right to treat each other well
> knowing from the depths of authenticity
> yet mysterious beyond human understanding
> that good things emerge whenever we do.
> What wonder filled constancy!
> 9:
> Life is a subtle affair
> in which we do well to notice
> that coupled in the swirl of the dance
> is the real joy of living in togetherness
> amid still feelings of oneness.
> 10: Alan Halford
> there was an old codger from maine
> who said open those spaces again
> for all those who did
> I lift off me lid
> and welcome all those who just came
> 11: Susan Basterfield
> The space a circle
> Three-dimensional circuit
> Transmitting love-light
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