Thursday, February 5, 2009

Valentine's Reverie

To make peace it takes
a sunflower and one bee,
One sunflower, and a bee,
And reverie.
The reverie alone will do,
If sunflowers and bees are few.

LDW (after Emily Dickinson)

This year, why not create a poem for peace on Valentine's Day, wrap it around a flower and give it to someone in your neighborhood. Valentine's Day is not just for sweethearts any more, it's for celebrating peace and kindness towards someone even if they're not your girlfriend. This Valentine's idea is brought to you by a Dutch performance artist named Federico Hewson. It is the Valentine Peace Project and you are invited to participate here. Isn't it a lovely idea?! The artist describes what will happen on the big day:

"5,000 beautiful fair trade roses will be coming to the Oude Kerk and carnations and roses will go to North Amsterdam, the Pijp, Antwerp and The Hague. In North Amsterdam students will create a Poezie Tuin. The roses from the church will be shared in the city with writings created at the event and thoughts and musings of love, peace and global community submitted to the website from the Netherlands, the US, London, New Zealand and from students in America and Holland. This is about celebrating and re-visioning this day to celebrate love, and greater peace in our cities, in our hearts and in our connecting globe.

I invite you to participate of course if you live in these cities but also there will be a template on the site soon wherein you can copy and paste your own expression, poems you like from the site, quotes or favorite poems or statements to share as a scroll or wrapped around a flower.

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