Did you know we're in the middle of National Poetry Month?
What poems inspire YOU to listen and to learn?
We could use a little "Hope" in our conversations with one another.
If "Hope" truly is "the thing with feathers"
as Emily Dickinson famously wrote,
let's help it take flight!
Share a little poetic inspiration with a friend this month!
Do you know "A Brave and Startling Truth" by Maya Angelou?
She wrote it for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations.
A Brave and Startling Truth
by, Maya Angelou
We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth
And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms...
Click below to hear her reading the poem in its entirety...
Maya Angelou Reads "A Brave and Startling Truth"
at the United Nations 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1995
Another of our beloved American poets,
passed away this year.
Here is one of her thoughtful poems,
inspired by nature...
During National Poetry Month,
let's remember to draw inspiration from our poets!
As we strive to find common ground,
We can keep hope alive...
We can learn a brave and startling truth...
We can take a lesson from the sea...
and keep working!
Check out our latest action project...
THE 50-STATE CHALLENGE!
The Purple Living Room Project
was started by a group of
American expats living in Thailand.
In the wake of the US government shutdown,
we decided to challenge our community
to come together
and write a letter to Congress
asking for a legislative solution
to prevent government shutdowns in the future.
We drafted a letter with the goal of capturing
the "purple points" around the issue...
We shared this letter with our community
and began our first 50-State Challenge!
Our goal was to collect signatures
from voters in as many states
and as many legislative districts as possible.
We printed letters to send
to the Senators and Representatives connected
with each of the expats who signed....
We tracked down signatures
from each of the voters
(in purple ink!)
So, how did we do?
The results are in from our first 50-State Challenge...
Number of States Represented?
Number of Signatures?
Number of Letters Sent to Congress?
It was a great start...
and we can do better!
We plan to tackle
one issue at a time
and see if we can find
that will help
us gather signatures
Let's contact Congress
and let our representatives
know that we want them to
and create legislation
that will help us
move forward as a nation!
"Meet in the Middle" is a Purple Living Room campaign encouraging people from across the political spectrum to meet together each week in order to find common ground. Each middle of the week (WEDNESDAY!) we'll post an update on Purple Living Room Project activities. Share YOUR progress on our Facebook group page or in the comments here. Our goal?