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From Symposium 2019

Poems about People and Nature: A Selection from Tuesday 's Poetry Reading

If you shared a poem during the Symposium (or if you 'd like to do so now) and haven 't yet shared it with the organizers, please email anne.guerry@stanford.edu so it can be included in our collection.

Prerequisites for Preservation

By Naima, Climbing Poetree

we 're gonna need to get organized
live beyond boundaries
soften our hearts
talk to each other


we 're gonna need to leave behind our baggage
relinquish our comfort
release our control
co-exist


we 're gonna need to give up our addictions
confront our pain
ask for help
give more than we take


we 're gonna need to dream bigger
work harder
get dirty
take time


we 're gonna need to remember
we 're gonna need to forgive
we 're gonna need to let go
we 're gonna need to let go


we 're gonna need to feel fully
revive our intuition
make up our minds
enact change


we 're gonna need to look at ourselves
reconcile our ignorance
sacrifice shame
make amends


we 're gonna need to need less
peel away the nonessential
go hungry
break a sweat


we 're gonna need to heal our fears
tell our secrets
share with our enemies
love ourselves
 

we 're gonna need to study existence
refine our dreams
mediate our shadows
cure our disbelief
 

we 're gonna need to practice magic
we 're gonna need to cherish water
we 're gonna need to grieve
we 're gonna need to move on


we 're gonna need to stay focused
we 're gonna need to be strong
tend our commitment to beauty
fuel our devotion to truth


we 're gonna need to pray
we 're gonna need to follow through


endure burning
we 're gonna need to surrender
we 're gonna need to trust


we 're gonna need to give light
we 're gonna give light
we are light
we are

 

Untitled

By Adeniran Akanni, Chief Scientific Officer, Lagos State of Environment, Lagos, Nigeria

There is so much questions than answer.
The more I find out, the less I know,
Yes the more I find out the less I know.
And I ask myself time and time again
Why there is so much questions among men
What do we search?
How do we search?
How far must we research?