POEMS FOR PEACE
We grow up with poems. They're in our nursery rhymes, our music, our holy books, our history, our prayers, our hearts. Whether we write, recite, perform, or sing a poem, when we share poems with another, we connect to that deeper place inside. We touch the place that knows compassion and forgiveness, the place that values love and respect — building blocks of humanity and peace.
SICA's Poems for Peace focused on publicly sharing poetry with others in order to fosterer love and respect. The program took off and immediately spread to 14 countries.
SICA launched Poems for Peace® in Austin, Texas in 2012 in partnership with a global coalition of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working with UK’s nonprofit, Peace One Day to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace via as a day of shared community action. What difference could we make by our efforts?
"Institutionalizing a day of peace is just a process," says Peace One Day's founder, Jeremy Gilley. "The real success of Peace Day comes down to individuals getting involved and taking ownership of the day."
Poems for Peace® is our opportunity to take ownership of the gift we've been given, taking ownership of sharing that gift by living it, taking ownership of being the change we want to happen, taking ownership of ourselves and our humanity.
SICA's Poems for Peace® has reached over 2,000,000 people since we began. It also inspired Austin's annual city wide collaborative celebration of Peace Day that has garnered mayoral proclamations for SICA and its partners and has reached even more people.
Why poetry? To quote John F. Kennedy, "When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses."
Indeed. As Voltaire has said, "Poetry is the music of the soul." And as Pablo Neruda has said, "Poetry is an act of Peace!"
SICA’s Poems for Peace is an invitation to connect to that place inside us all and share our favorite poems — wherever we are — on Peace Day. Join us! Be sure to also viisit our dedicated Poems For Peace website for more inspiration.
Poems for Peace ® is the legally registered service mark of the Subud International Cultural Association (SICA) for arranging, organizing, conducting and hosting social entertainment events. Registered July 30, 2013.