People are on my mind. After the amazing, discombobulating and enlightening experiences of RICE on Hydra
and Critical Mass to Calais with Bikes Beyond Borders
… here are some words to get out of my head and into the world as soon as possible. It’s sort of an update / poem in progress / repetitive, related mashup of bits and bobs that I wrote here
after the Climate March in September. More detailed write-ups to come on both experiences / events later, when the bladdy thesis is fnished… !!
photos by minou tsambika (the circle, my new non-dualistic symbol for love, the universe and everything), zoe tsaff (map of the sunrise to sunset dances on hydra for which i took on the role of nomadic care-giver), and two crappy phone shots by me (a bird flying free between dover and calais, and three well-intentioned pairs of cyclist’s feet, on their way to donate bikes to people in ‘the jungle’, calais).
what i am interested in is the borderline. the crossing. the communication between individuals and the whole. the tipping point. how the individuals make the whole. how change must, and can only happen organically. how everything is organic really. how each person does what he or she can, under their particular circumstances. how radical compassion must mean radical understanding. because i am you, you are me and the world is us, yes, but it’s all so easily misunderstood ! for years I was living with i am you, you are me and the world is us, so why can’t you be a little bit more like me, please? and i never even noticed. how anger and and action and force might be necessary, sometimes. how they open the way for the rest of us. but how not to forget the quiet ones, or the ones who compose thoughts more slowly and speak more carefully… and what are all the different ways of knowing anyway?
how to be a practical, pragmatic poet?
because, make no mistake about it,
i just love dancing and writing poems,
and whilst i’ve toyed with the idea
of becoming a full time activist and living in a tree –
for the moment, i’ve just got to accept that i’m me.
i can plant small seeds, help ideas germinate,
i can create. but i can also do flash mops
to the sound of 80s electro-punk
and make myself izzabella necessary on occasion.
how to be useful…
it’s all even more complicated than i thought.
how to build a boat. how to build bridges.
how to take bicycles beyond borders
and build radical dance schools of the future.
how to get clean water.
how to facilitate. how to have a different kind of conversation.
what is the art of hosting conversations that matter?
how to be tolerant but not be a dead fish…
how to live a good life but know that you’ll always
have to co-exist with the whole world and it’s plentiful shit?
how not to ignore it, but not sink in it either.
there is no shortcut through that shit! like my wise mum says.
how to just live well and be helpful, in a world as complicated as this?