Tuesday, February 18, 2014

UBUNTU Bloghop



                                                                       

                                                                             
To celebrate her third blogoversary, Michelle Wallace at Writer-in-Transit, is hosting the UBUNTU Bloghop. "In Africa, there is a concept known as UBUNTU – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others." – Nelson Mandela.

Be sure to visit Michelle, and all of the other talented writers who have joined in the celebration. In the meantime, here is my attempt:



Rings That Bind

Working toward a dream,
Battling nail and tooth.
They finally come together,
To seek their greatest truth.

The spirit of Ubuntu,
Pride in blood and sweat.
Where language isn't a barrier,
And victory is anyone's bet.

Whether synchronized or solo,
Speed or stylized tricks.
The risks are monumental,
Points tumble off like bricks.

A skier's gotta soar,
A skater's gotta twizzle.
A winterland's the stage,
The ratings set to sizzle.

United in the stands,
As the torch blazes bold.
The finest are brightly cast,
In bronze, silver and gold.



55 comments:

  1. Hi human, Julie,

    Although my human shudders at the very thought of a blog hop, he realises and I realise, that this one is a worthy one. Michelle is a cause for celebration. She's one of my adoring fans! Arf! Arf!

    Your contribution is most thoughtful. The way you combined the ideals of sports and the hope of a caring humanity, is deep as the driven snow.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

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  2. This is a beautifully written poem! Well done!

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  3. Gary - You are absolutely right about Michelle! Thanks for saying that I'm as "deep as the driven snow!" I hope this is before Penny and her friends put their finishing touches on it!


    Thank you Shelly!

    LG - Thanks for the kind words! I really appreciate it, LG!

    Julie

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  4. The Olympics - perfect example, Julie!

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  5. I love your timely poem Julie!
    It has PIZZAZ... filled with energy and excitement... which makes me think of a contagion with tentacles reaching out... spreading its fever across the globe... bringing nations together...
    Without a doubt, sport is a great unifier!
    Thank you for reaching out across cyberspace, to participate in the blog hop!

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  6. I love this! Such a thoughtful poem and creative way to tie the Olympics into the idea!

    The concept of ubuntu reminds me of that of sonder (Sonder), which seems like one of those things that helps us sense our "human-ness" by making us realize that the humanity of every person around us is equally as detailed and complex as our own. Fascinating/thought-provoking subject.

    Love that you wrote a unique poem about these ideas and thanks for making me think about them!

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    1. Mitra - I just looked up the Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, and agree that it's a fascinating subject. It's great to hear from you! Hope everything is going well. I know that it's an exciting time, and soon you'll be making some very important decisions. Thanks for making my day! Wishing you all the best, Mitra!

      Julie

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  7. Alex - Looking forward to reading yours tomorrow! Thanks Alex!

    Yvonne - Thank you, and I'm so happy that you're feeling better!

    Michelle - Oooh, I like the part about the "tentacles....bringing nations together." Thank you for hosting this wonderful bloghop, and happy blogoversary!

    Julie

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  8. Your poem gives credit to the hard work of the athletes. What a good idea for right now.

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  9. Very well written--and very topical with the Olympics going on. Those athletes can be very inspiring.

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  10. Inger - It's difficult not to be moved by all of their hard work and perseverance. Thanks Inger!

    Stephanie - At first I wasn't certain about the true meaning of UBUNTU, and then it hit me while we were watching the Olympics. This year is particularly relevant given the location. Thanks Stephanie!

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  11. A touching tribute for all who have spent years to reach these moments.

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  12. Thank you Damaria!

    Susan - It's admirable how they devote their every waking hour toward reaching their goals. Thanks Susan!

    Julie

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  13. Such a sweat tribute. We watch every single night and early morning too.

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  14. Since I am really am enjoying this Olympics, I really enjoyed your poem.

    Well done, Julie.

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  15. Munir - It's hard not to get caught up in all of the excitement! Thanks Munir!

    Arleen - We started watching, because one of the figure skaters is from our community, and we've been hooked ever since! Thank you Arleen!

    Julie

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  16. I love the way you wrote a poem about the Olympics which says so much more. Rings That Bind, what a wonderful image!

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    1. Denise - I also enjoyed your Ubuntu story. Malala is quite an inspiration. Thanks Denise!

      Julie

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  17. How perfect that your poem focused on the Olympics, and what a wonderful poem it is. I especially love the in-depth look at the athletes that we get before some of their races (but I DON''T like the obnoxious probing questions asked of some of the athletes after their races--aka Bode Miller's post-race interview) and hooray for Bob Costas, who recovered quickly from his double pinkeye to give us his stellar Olympic coverage!

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  18. Beautiful poem, Julie. I like the Olympic theme you wove into it. :)

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  19. Excellent way of expressing Ubunto

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  20. Beautiful poem, Julie. And couldn't be more timely. Love this!

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  21. Hi Julie - wonderful poem .. and I love the Olympics connection: humanity unites there, even in the throes of competition ...

    Now I shall see:

    A skier's gotta soar,
    A skater's gotta twizzle.
    A winterland's the stage,
    The ratings set to sizzle.

    United in the stands,
    As the torch blazes bold.
    The finest are brightly cast,
    In bronze, silver and gold.

    In a new light .. loved it - cheers Hilary

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  22. Kim - It was funny when Matt Lauer was covering for Bob Costas, and said that he had to hurry back cause he was running out of clothes. I didn't see the Bode Miller interview, but I'll try to look it up. Even some of the commercials have been very emotional. Thanks Kim!

    Elise - Thank you so much!

    Jo - This has been such a wonderful bloghop! Thanks Jo!

    Julie - I really appreciate it! Thanks Julie!

    Hilary - I thought I'd try something a little more serious this time. Thank you Hilary!

    Julie

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  23. I love your poem. I see that you worked the Olympics into it. I love how the athletes genuinely support not only their team members, but everyone competing in their sport. Excellent show of unity. Well done, Julie!

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  24. What a great bloghop! I love your poem!

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  25. Robin - Yes, it's their unity that I thought tied in nicely with Michele's Ubuntu theme! Thanks Robin!

    Carol - Thank you, and I've also been enjoying the bloghop!

    Julie

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  26. Love the Olympic references. A perfect poem. It says so much with so few words.

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    1. JJ - If only I could transfer that into my everyday life! Thanks so much JJ!

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  27. Very nicely done. Sports does help to capture the essence of community and who we are.

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  28. What a wonderful and powerful poem, honoring the athletes. Well done.

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  29. JL - It's so true that there's an overwhelming sense of community at the Olympics! Thanks JL!

    Rhonda - We both agree about honor among athletes. Glad you took a stand with that news article. Thanks Rhonda!

    Julie

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  30. Wonderful, Julie. This flows beautifully, and you're consistently brilliant with a powerful ending. The Olympics shine with Ubuntu. I love it.

    xoRobyn

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  31. Good job! You're right; at its best, the Olympics ooze Ubuntu. (Gee, you should write a poetry book, kid...)

    Happy weekend!

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  32. Robyn - I really loved your "Mere Chance " poem for the bloghop! Thanks so much Robyn!

    Susan - Ubuntu join me?! I just realized that there's a new "kid" in town! Thank you funny lady!

    Julie

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  33. So true! It's at the Olympics we feel such a spirit of shared humanity. :)

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  34. A nice poem that I enjoyed reading. Well done.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  35. Well said, Julie. I really liked this. Thank you for visiting and commenting on my bog. Nice to meet you! :)

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  36. Corinne - I felt exactly the same way! Thanks Corinne!

    Words Poetically Worth - Thank you very much, Andrew!

    Daisy - Nice to meet you too! Thanks Daisy!

    Julie

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  37. Great poem - very fitting given the Winter Olympics on at the moment :)

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    1. Trisha - It's hard to believe that the closing ceremonies are already here. Thanks Trisha!

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  38. While I don't have the talent to write a serious poem (I specialize more in bawdy limericks. Surprise!), I agree with the sentiment. We're all passengers on this crazy thing called Earth. And that is what makes us human. Not the wasteful hatred of some. While I'm not all that much in a hurry to reach the end, part of me is interested how this all plays out (it's a trip we all take).

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    1. Ken - If there's one thing you don't lack, it's talent. The ability to make people laugh with your "bawdy limericks" is quite an accomplishment, and you also have a way at tugging at our heartstrings. Hopefully, you won't know how this all plays out for many, many years to come, but it is interesting to think about.

      Julie

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  39. Terrific poem, Julie! And very well said. You certainly feel the spirit of Ubuntu!

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  40. Valerie - Glad you're back! I'll be over soon!

    Michael - Hope you're feeling better. Rest your eyes, so that you can create some more beautiful artwork soon! Thanks Michael!

    Tyrean - Thank you! I enjoyed reading your wonderful Ubuntu message too!

    Julie

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  41. Lovely & inspiring, Julie! A timely and perfect reflection of humanity coming together, regardless of color, creed and culture:)
    Ubuntu Spirit of the Blue Swallow

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    1. Writerly Sam, I just read your thought-provoking story, and had trouble leaving a comment. You captured the spirit of Ubuntu beautifully! Thanks Sam!

      Julie

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  42. All of these great comments, and we're fashionably late to the party. I feel like we can't do any better than just to say that this was a beautiful poem. Which it truly is. Our next comment will be more clever and unique, I promise!

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    2. A Beer From The Shower - Just save all of your strength for your clever, unique, and wildly amusing blog! I'd be happy if you wrote, "Hey Julie, We've seen worse!" Thanks B & B!

      Julie

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