The spirit of sport, now available on demand, courtesy of the Foundation's poet laureate

PEACE-ABILITY  |  for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics 

a body of written, spoken & visual poems honoring the spirit

of trucefulness; our deeper, shared humanity, and our ability

and possibility as individuals, cultures and countries of people

to be ever more peaceful within and between ourselves.

as poet laureate of the Truce Foundation of the United States, 

creating, curating and contributing this unique poetorial around

the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. dedicated

to the spirit of the Olympic truce, its participants on and off

the fields of play, the people of Korea and soon to-be-honored

"truce bearers." the bellwether poem of this cultural offering

in progress is "Peace-ability." all the specially-commissioned art

will be featured here as it comes forth, including the Foundation's

Trucefulness Award poems to be presented at the inaugural

PyeongChang Forum, a Davos-like gathering of global influencers

in Seoul on the eve of these Winter Games...

For the full experience - including visuals and sound - go here.  

Below are the poems without the visuals and sound.

 

a peaceable spirit  ©  colin Goedecke

 

Peace-ability

 

How the reverence

for Ékécheiria

for this ancient Greek spirit

from the days of Olympia

and Elis, and the easeful

holding of hands,

unbearing of arms,

transcends millennia,

to this moment

of trucefulness.

Where Olympians

and modern pilgrims

travel and gather

with ease of way,

into a higher place.

One infused

with peaceability;

greater possibility.

Put aside differences

and didactics.

Enter the experience

with an unspoken unity;

a shared humanity.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 

Peace-ability, a poem for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Poetry & Voice : Colin Goedecke

 

still point  ©  colin goedecke

 

 

The Times of Truce

 

 

When the blowing

winds cease.

When the swelling

seas settle down.

When the earth

enters a still point

near dawn,

near dusk.

Or the night skies

grow silent

with stars.

Whenever the world

of Nature

makes peace

with itself.

And Man

mirrors that

peace in himself;

gives free leave

to his fellow man.

These are the times

when rare and

graceful plumes of truce,

deep spirits of unity,

community

can be found and

greatly felt --

by everything living.

Be remembered and

honored --

by everyone,

young to old,

hearkening.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 

The Times of Truce, an anthem-poem for the Truce Foundation of the United States

Poetry & Voice: Colin Goedecke

The Times of Truce, the musically-scored poem, for the 2018 Winter Olympics

Poetry & Voice: Colin Goedecke, Music & Scoring: Jacob Friedman

 

classically formed   ©  colin Goedecke

 

 

Pindar

 

He tuned us, B.C.,

to the poetry

of Olympic feats;

his victory odes

to its athletes,

and Panhellenics --

of Corinth, Nemea,

Pythia.  Made a

flower-petaled way

for much Olympian

musing; openings,

closings -- even

engravings, on medals

of burnished gold

and silver.

Pindar, passionate,

lyrical spirit; quasar.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 

Pindar, a poem for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Poetry & Voice: Colin Goedecke

 

centuries later   ©  colin Goedecke

 

 

Centuries of Winters

 

                                    

Centuries of winters,

 

centuries of wars,

 

centuries of civilizations

 

and conquistadors

 

have not stopped the tides

 

from falling, or the moon

 

from rising; the beating

 

of birds’ wings

 

or women’s hearts,

 

the heat of the day;

 

the absolute silence

 

of the stars.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

from the collection The Speed of Sight

 

Centuries of Winters, a poem for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Poetry & Voice: Colin Goedecke

 

how you bring yourself to the table   ©   colin Goedecke

 

 

The Other DMZ

 

 

A Deeper Meeting Zone.

De-calcified.

De-toxified.

De-pressurized.

Between any two parties,

any two bodies, of countries,

cultures, or beings.

Where so much more

is seeable.  Is desirable.

Is possible.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 

The Other DMZ, a poem for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Poetry & Voice: Colin Goedecke

 

beholding the beauty of the body   ©   colin Goedecke

 

 

In Praise of Bodies

 

 

That can fly

through winter skies.

That can take off and land

without wings. Hurtle

at remarkable speeds

down rural mountainsides.

Become works of art

in white space.

Bodies that can dance

miraculously on water;

race and match fluidly

over scapes of

crystallized water.

Can glide with all grace,

tracing agile ways

through forests, and

fields of moving targets.

Bodies that can shine

with burning spirit,

purpose, passion;

beyond color, culture,

nation.

 

                                   

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 

In Praise of Bodies, for the Olympic Athletes of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games

Poetry & Voice: Colin Goedecke

 

heaven-to-earth   ©   colin goedecke

 

 

Beauty Continues



While countries, armies

and ideologies battle, bees

make honey. Butterflies

float, and drink the nectar

from gently open flowers.

While spouses, neighbors,

bosses and workers quarrel,

the sun still sets, and rises.

Brings color, splendor.

To snow-hatted mountains,

old growth forests,

bird-filled meadows.

The moon still shines.

Upon the faces of oceans

and lakes, fjords and

flowing rivers. On fish-filled

bays; clear streams and tarns,

tide pools of mussels,

anenomes, sea stars.

While attentions,

actions turn

to ungraced choices

and places of being,

unlovely behaving,

in the world's towns

and villages, houses

and metropolises,

beauty everywhere,

ever here, ever pure,

continues.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 

Beauty Continues, a poem for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

Poetry & Voice: Colin Goedecke

 

more written, spoken & visual poetry to come;

added here as the Winter Olympic Games progress...