Welcome to Tahoma West and UWT’s “People’s Poem” Project

2013 January 18
by Managing Editor

Welcome to Tahoma West and UWT’s “People’s Poem” Project. 

If you’ve made it this far, you must be interested, or at least curious, about contributing to this project.  Of course, we hope you do!

So now that you’re here, here’s what you can do…

The first line of the collaborative poem started by Kwame Dawes is below.  Read it, think about it, and write a second line to go with it—however you read “it.”  Then paste your second line in the “comments” box below and upload it to the board.  That’s it!  Hopefully the board below will grow and grow to represent the many different voices that make up our great UWT community.  You are, of course, free to submit more than once if you have different ideas.  We just ask that they be separate posts, since this is a collaborative project, we’re not looking for longer, fully fleshed out poems (though by all means write them for yourself if the inspiration moves you).

 Before you submit your “second” line, the only things we ask are that you:

  •  Write it in good faith and in the desire to contribute to the artistic and civic minded goals of the project
  • Sign it and make sure your name is included (Be proud!)
  •  Really, Really, only submit one line at a time to continue from the original first line (but again, feel free to post more than one “second” line if you want)

The Tahoma West board will be open for live posts (or even just reading) through the end of the day on Monday, and at the conclusion of the project, Janie Miller, our poetry professor, will review the posts and edit the submissions down to form a single, UWT collaborative poem that will be shared with the campus community next week and also be published in the 2013 issue of Tahoma West.

Now go for it!

Here’s the first line:

Say “nation”. In the wake of quarrels, say “hope”.

63 Responses
  1. 2013 January 18
    Kris Symer permalink

    Envision common ground amid fields of difference.

  2. 2013 January 18
    Robin Baker permalink

    Wake up, and strengthen what remains

  3. 2013 January 18
    Sandy Sallean permalink

    NOW is always the time and always has been to show the strength to make change.

  4. 2013 January 18
    Jesse Hines permalink

    It is our job, as a community, to come together

  5. 2013 January 18
    Tami Mitchell permalink

    Say “hope.” In the wake of peace, say “everlasting”.

  6. 2013 January 18
    michael kula permalink

    Imagine “prosperity.” In pursuit, remember “justice.”

  7. 2013 January 18
    James (Jimmy) Nordlund permalink

    Raise your own bar. Others will see. Others might follow.

  8. 2013 January 18

    In the fog of division, aim for equity.

  9. 2013 January 18
    Olivia Theobald permalink

    It’s all that remains.

  10. 2013 January 18

    Sing “education”. In the wake of promise, call out “hope”.

  11. 2013 January 18
    Ashley Blanford permalink

    Stay together. When separated we fall.

  12. 2013 January 18
    S. Lile permalink

    Life is hard. Misunderstandings many. Draw strength

  13. 2013 January 18
    Arial Willey permalink

    Fear shall not paralyze;
    strength is grown from hearts united.

  14. 2013 January 18
    A. Tea permalink

    Be humble and listen carefully.

    • 2013 January 18
      Lauren Schmitt permalink

      Be from where you have been.

  15. 2013 January 18
    David Hicks permalink

    In the wake of pain say, forgivenes, in the wake of fear say, courage.

  16. 2013 January 19
    Jennifer Sundheim permalink

    for a state, staid more than by notion.

  17. 2013 January 19
    Laura Richardson permalink

    The steady shore is born of accord.

  18. 2013 January 19
    Megan lee permalink

    Sip on contentment, become drunk on happiness

  19. 2013 January 19
    Rachel Ervin permalink

    Forget “perfection.” Remember “grace.”

  20. 2013 January 19
    Phu Nguyen permalink

    Say prayers. Beautiful are the silent thoughts of many.

  21. 2013 January 19
    Michele Rooney permalink

    Stay United. As it is our Realm of Strength.

  22. 2013 January 19
    Andrew Bussey permalink

    Then say nothing, and stand together.

  23. 2013 January 19
    Randy Cezan permalink

    Say Hey. Turn to the person next to you or behind you.Say HI!
    Democracy requires participation.
    Participation requires dialogue and reflection.
    Democratic change requires activism and reflection.

  24. 2013 January 20
    Shantaa Watkins permalink

    bleed America, show your patriotism and pride

  25. 2013 January 20
    Anne Beaufort permalink

    Lead others towards the good. With humility.

  26. 2013 January 20
    Iven Wang permalink

    It’s time, to wake up and say hello. Time’s up.

  27. 2013 January 20
    Kyessa Hudson permalink

    Do not be distressed in what was, is, or will come.

  28. 2013 January 20
    Joseph Franco permalink

    In the strength of the people, say “rise”.

  29. 2013 January 20
    Debi Taylor-Hough permalink

    Say “love”. In the wake of division say “peace.”

  30. 2013 January 20
    Charles McDonald permalink

    Reach out to a spectrum of peace and bravery.

  31. 2013 January 20
    Josh Alm permalink

    Anything can happen when you believe.

  32. 2013 January 20
    Ann O'Connell permalink

    Perseverance-Change can happen in a second.

  33. 2013 January 21
    Monica Melton permalink

    Audacious hopes that form a mountain of mustard seeds

  34. 2013 January 21
    Victoria Smith permalink

    Say “Peace”, Stand against divisiveness

  35. 2013 January 21
    Tamara O. Harris permalink

    For the sake of democracy, DEMAND change.

  36. 2013 January 21
    Tamara O. Harris permalink

    For the preservation of democracy, demand change.

  37. 2013 January 21
    Kylie Lanthorn permalink

    For when conflict beckons, firm resolve must burst forth.

  38. 2013 January 21
    Kylie Lanthorn permalink

    We face what others face, on this one shared Earth. Rise up.

  39. 2013 January 21
    Colleen Davis permalink

    Say “generation”. Each breath shared for eternity, say “together”.

  40. 2013 January 21
    Ferman P-A permalink

    Dream big and enjoy the little things.

  41. 2013 January 21
    Margaret Lundberg permalink

    In the wake of division, say ‘join together for a common purpose.’

  42. 2013 January 21
    Clark Hernandez permalink

    I Believe, If we all Believe, we can be strong as a nation.

  43. 2013 January 21
    joshua hilleren permalink

    screaming patience, asleep, in a dream of oil. it stays loose, as they choose your noose and rope.

  44. 2013 January 21
    joshua hilleren permalink

    staring viper- rays shun; in waves, we cope.

  45. 2013 January 21
    joshua hilleren permalink

    Say “symbols.” when the power of sounds boil, pray for this show.

  46. 2013 January 21
    Anthony (Mick) Flaaen permalink

    Gravitate amber compromise, sand, ore, coal, ignite.

  47. 2013 January 21
    Haley permalink

    Say “hope” in the time of despair, Say “love” in the time of loss.

  48. 2013 January 22
    Sarah Moody permalink

    Say “pride”. In the face of tyranny, shout “freedom”!

  49. 2013 January 22
    Lisa permalink

    Be who you ought, allow not what is malicious.

  50. 2013 January 22
    Larissa permalink

    I knit into the fabric of this nation the tears of mothers whose children have been lost to violence; my needles work the melancholy silver thread; the pattern means peace.

    • 2013 January 22
      Larissa permalink

      Larissa Bruner

  51. 2013 January 22
    Lauren Ivers permalink

    Whisper “freedom”. In the ripples of change, chant “ours”.

  52. 2013 January 22
    John Worsham permalink

    When the voice of truth is unheard, may your actions say it louder.

  53. 2013 January 22
    Kira Stahl permalink

    1st choice submission

    We move up, we move forward, we move on – enlight of a new inauguration the American Dream lives on!

    2nd choice….
    For the American Dream is afloat
    on the sea, like tsunami debris….

  54. 2013 January 22
    Kira Stahl permalink

    Ethics, morals, and American Dreams quilt us together at the seams.

  55. 2013 January 22
    Sharon permalink

    Spread “love”. In the midst of chaos, paint faith”

  56. 2013 January 22
    Alex Jonson permalink

    Be cognisant of what currently is, what that is leading too, and all that it can be

  57. 2013 January 22
    Eugene Mullens Jr. permalink

    As freedom “reigns”, let us be thankful we are not “dry”.

  58. 2013 January 22
    Roxanne Chavis permalink

    Amidst the rubble, there is promise of a new day.

  59. 2013 January 22
    Heather Brown permalink

    Say “home.” In the fog of belonging, say, “I do.”

  60. 2013 January 23
    Nikki Snow permalink

    Let’s create a new fate for the human race.

  61. 2013 January 23
    Levi permalink

    Speak well, but let our actions yell

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