POETRY NEVER DIES
A CULTURAL EVENING WITH EMORY LOU THOMSEN IN LINDERSVOLD
The 21st of March is World Poetry Day. On this day UNESCO “recognizes the unique ability of poetry to capture the creative spirit of the human mind” and here in Lindersvold we have had the pleasure to meet a woman who really knows how to do that, her name is Emory Lou Thomsen.
Who is she, and how did she arrive to our school? For this pleasure we have to thank one of our teammates, Sytske, and also to coincidence, something always present. Sytske met this woman at an event in a Præsto church, where there was a concert some weeks ago, and this day was also the performance debut of this 97 year old poetess. Our friend was really impressed and inspired by this woman, and so she decided to invite her to our school for a cultural evening, to share the wisdom and beauty with all of us.
Yesterday on the 14th of March, she came to share a nice dinner with us, tell us about her long life and read us some of her poems, there are a lot and really beautiful. She told us how she had arrived to Denmark, how she met her husband, and some other stories from her life. Each word that she said was poetry; a lot of feelings and knowledge. So much, that some of us were almost crying, hypnotized by her words, left with goose bumps… Each poem was a teaching, something to reflect on, something also to make us laugh. There are no words to describe it, it was something really amazing.
In this story we have two things that are not really present often in our days, two things that we usually don’t give the importance they need, something really old fashioned for many people, something regretted, forgotten. I’m talking on one hand about the older people in society, and on the other hand about poetry.
Am I wrong? I think we are not giving these things the importance they deserve, and it’s something really important, something that can teach us many things: It is history, it is culture, it is knowledge, literature, diversity, beauty, it is art, it is something amazing, and sadly unusual these days, but really necessary to grow and to understand what surrounds us. And I could be talking about both, yes.
It is marvelous to have the pleasure to meet a 97 years old woman, with such an amazing life, and with such an amazing mind. And is awesome to share a poetry evening with a really diverse group of people from all over the world in a little village in Denmark where I never thought that I could live
Maybe that sounds really far from you, something really remote, but the exceptional and positive thing is that we can enjoy this wherever we live, whoever we are, and it doesn’t matter the time, the day, the month or the season. If you are reading this it is probably because you are one of the privileged people who live in the so called “developed world”, so just look for it and enjoy the opportunity.
It is something simple, just go and take care of the old people, listen to them, read a book with them, and never leave them alone.
And also, never forget that the beauty of the world is everywhere, that poetry is everywhere and it’s not something reserved for a small group of people.
¿Qué es poesía? – dices mientras clavas
en mi pupila tu pupila azul.
¿Qué es poesía? ¿Y tú me lo preguntas?
Poesía… eres tú.
What is poetry? – you say while you nail
in my pupil your blue pupil.
What is poetry? Are you asking me that?
You are poetry.
By Pablo Andrés, from Spain ( February team 2018)