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”.


Kris Symer · January 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Envision common ground amid fields of difference.

Robin Baker · January 18, 2013 at 5:47 pm

Wake up, and strengthen what remains

Sandy Sallean · January 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

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

Jesse Hines · January 18, 2013 at 5:52 pm

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

Tami Mitchell · January 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

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

michael kula · January 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm

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

James (Jimmy) Nordlund · January 18, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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

Janet Primomo · January 18, 2013 at 6:45 pm

In the fog of division, aim for equity.

Olivia Theobald · January 18, 2013 at 7:11 pm

It’s all that remains.

Colleen Carmean · January 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

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

Ashley Blanford · January 18, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Stay together. When separated we fall.

S. Lile · January 18, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Life is hard. Misunderstandings many. Draw strength

Arial Willey · January 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm

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

A. Tea · January 18, 2013 at 9:40 pm

Be humble and listen carefully.

    Lauren Schmitt · January 18, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Be from where you have been.

David Hicks · January 18, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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

Jennifer Sundheim · January 19, 2013 at 12:10 am

for a state, staid more than by notion.

Laura Richardson · January 19, 2013 at 5:01 pm

The steady shore is born of accord.

Megan lee · January 19, 2013 at 6:52 pm

Sip on contentment, become drunk on happiness

Rachel Ervin · January 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Forget “perfection.” Remember “grace.”

Phu Nguyen · January 19, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Say prayers. Beautiful are the silent thoughts of many.

Michele Rooney · January 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Stay United. As it is our Realm of Strength.

Andrew Bussey · January 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Then say nothing, and stand together.

Randy Cezan · January 19, 2013 at 10:21 pm

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.

Shantaa Watkins · January 20, 2013 at 2:33 am

bleed America, show your patriotism and pride

Anne Beaufort · January 20, 2013 at 2:44 am

Lead others towards the good. With humility.

Iven Wang · January 20, 2013 at 5:02 am

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

Kyessa Hudson · January 20, 2013 at 5:18 am

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

Joseph Franco · January 20, 2013 at 6:49 am

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

Debi Taylor-Hough · January 20, 2013 at 6:52 am

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

Charles McDonald · January 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

Reach out to a spectrum of peace and bravery.

Josh Alm · January 20, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Anything can happen when you believe.

Ann O'Connell · January 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Perseverance-Change can happen in a second.

Monica Melton · January 21, 2013 at 12:44 am

Audacious hopes that form a mountain of mustard seeds

Victoria Smith · January 21, 2013 at 3:30 am

Say “Peace”, Stand against divisiveness

Tamara O. Harris · January 21, 2013 at 5:13 am

For the sake of democracy, DEMAND change.

Tamara O. Harris · January 21, 2013 at 5:19 am

For the preservation of democracy, demand change.

Kylie Lanthorn · January 21, 2013 at 5:40 am

For when conflict beckons, firm resolve must burst forth.

Kylie Lanthorn · January 21, 2013 at 5:46 am

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

Colleen Davis · January 21, 2013 at 5:48 am

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

Ferman P-A · January 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Dream big and enjoy the little things.

Margaret Lundberg · January 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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

Clark Hernandez · January 21, 2013 at 4:50 pm

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

joshua hilleren · January 21, 2013 at 7:58 pm

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

joshua hilleren · January 21, 2013 at 8:13 pm

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

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