Every day, a photograph, a poem.
This is one of my favorite pictures. It’s created with the app Painteresque from a Fourth of July photo during the Grand Coulee Chamber of Commerce‘s Festival of America in 2014. We even used it as the cover for a tab in our local newspaper.
The festival, though sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce, is implemented each Fourth of July by volunteer community members in the park below Grand Coulee Dam, whose 155 mile long reservoir is known as the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area.
As I walked into the park, up a small embankment, to circle through the vendors, listen to the music, and enjoy the celebration of this country’s first independence, I immediately paused at the wonder and beauty of the diversity in the crowd, all enjoying their families and the day and the reason for being there. And so I snapped the picture. It’s been the source of many poems, some of which are discussed in my education blog post: WriteOut Clmooc Magnificent.
Is it not so sad that just eight years later, our country does not “see” each other as individuals, living our lives for our families. Grouping people, demonizing them, name-calling– in public and in social media. What have we become?
Look again at the picture– the smiles, the small gatherings of diverse peoples, together, to celebrate our nation. I’d love for us to be as great again. #BAGA [but that’s a beach, so…]
Today’s Daily Create asked us “What will you do for humanity?” I can think of nothing more important than to see through our differences and see our commonalities, see the heart of each of us within each one’s ways and families and cultures, together, as this picture and that event so well represents. And so, a poem— could we come together again and work together?
Be Helpful: See Through
See through to the heartSheri Edwards
More alike than not
As I said above, Today’s Daily Create asked us “What will you do for humanity?” [ #clmooc #DS106 @ds106dc #tdc3951 ] In the tweet, I wrote the above poem, and I pointed to this poem from a few months ago when I wrote on a similar theme on another blog:
See the face and see within
More alike than agin
May we again our hands to shakeSheri Edwards
Building kins’ future sake.
May we again our hands to shake?
What will you do for humanity?
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