A Klepto-collaborative Poem of TEDxYouth@TheWoodlands ~ January 7, 2012
First off, I have some questions:
Is Osama Bin Laden your uncle?
Why isn’t something being done?
What caused such an act of violence?
Why do you wear that thing?
Why am I thinking this?
What’s worth fighting for?
How much blood would he have to give?
Are you going to blow up a building?
How are you going to pay for college?
Who in this room has autism?
Are these people going to kill you?
What two different things can you combine to create something new?
How pumped up is your science teacher?
What are you capable of?
Can you change your world?
Can you give us some practical things?
What separates you?
Do I let it show?
Hey, Wally, what should I do?
OK, wait Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?
Close your eyes A knock on the door
Look A story As good as a circus
A phenomenal journey To different parts of the world
Running through a canopy of trees Like Indiana Jones From point A to point B
A giant step Inspired by Wildscape
A mission trip In the fellowship of each other
A long, personal conversation A quest for knowledge
Outside the reservation of What you and I take for granted
To a village Where the girl in the middle’s doing a very good job
Learning the alphabet Of hope
Which roughly translates to School Where We Have Fun
Where knowledge and education are universal
Where there’s No stereotypes or stigmas
Where Instead of Mud huts No running water or electricity
There’s A bed in every room A pillow Under her head
Dive Just beneath the surface
Of what you think you know Of an excess of everything
Imagine if you will Waiting at the bus stop Of progress
With an empty stomach Only one meal a day
This is a letter
From The eyes of a child My mother My teacher
Saying Become an advocate Support kids Make an impact
Raise your awareness Serve as interpreters
Go around Boxes Of default programming
Go to school Lead by example Occupy
Shrug it off Wash everything off Cover the wound
Everything’s gonna be alright
Come together Rise above Become great people
Effect incredible change Innovate Inspire
Begin to see our originality Don’t take candy from strangers
Fast-forward through The media
Trust me Just do that
Welcome A trainload of Cans Filled with Awestruck
Coexist With our flaws SpongeBob And The Beave
With every Kaleidoscope Ideology
Open up Break ground Go around the rail yard Dancing
Elevate Compassion Highlight Heroes
Gravitate towards People who believe in you
Find groups Of A Sweet Intent
Go for your dreams Overcome every obstacle
You must be patient You can do whatever you want to do
The secret is To own it
Spend a lot of time Collecting A vast array of
Oxygen Maps Of humble beginnings
A round of applause Weather data & sculpture
Proud Car batteries & wire
Theme parks & small shacks Chess-playing Elephants
Bright red blood Reflections of iceberg blue
My life story Cleaned and weighed
Hear my voice Hold the door
Feed Clothe Nurture Shelter
Provoke Create Read Literature
Stand on top of the Whitehouse And Think of your children
See originality See connections Keep looking Acknowledge
Sell more groundnuts Pay back that loan
Play Legos Play soccer Play the composition again
Have a bit of a gimmick In the way of a bicyclist
Step back and consider The rise of text messaging Of domestic violence
Have a great system Make that tension go away
Center Be quiet Change the channel Change the setting
Resurrect Initiative Hard work High regard
Swim for two hours in The stuff nobody talks about
Summon the energy to Make a smirk between the asterisks
Make the case For continuing to hone A better future for us all
Create a better world With clean water Education Safe shelter
Change the life of “Hi, my name is Jim.”
Look at this view
Imagine You can stand here and see
Unity All these people holding hands
Diversity You were not expecting
Our best resource is The human spirit
Growing Empowerment & compassion
Carry all of this around every day
Country to country, community to community
Like A headscarf