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When I started off on LJ, I created a super-beautiful, idiosyncratic password that gave me pleasure to type. When I re-started a DW account, the password I created was ... way less beautiful. And yet it turns out that I feel just as happy to type in the DW password and to write an entry or read other people's entries as I did/do to type in the fancy-special password.

... I guess it doesn't hurt to make marvelous passwords that you love, but on the other hand, it really is just a password, and it's getting on the actual site and doing stuff there that's The Thing.

This video is unrelated to passwords--it's Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner reading one of her climate change poems. The words are beautiful and heartbreaking, but also hopeful: They say you . . . wander rootless with only a passport to call home, and when she read it in 2014 at the United Nations climate summit, she got a standing ovation; people were very moved. Watch all the way through.

This entry was originally posted at http://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/852118.html. Comments are welcome at either location.


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May. 27th, 2017 03:17 pm (UTC)
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insightful poem
thanks for sharing!

May. 27th, 2017 04:29 pm (UTC)
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Peace! Really glad you liked the poem. Every time I hear it, I get moved anew. She's an amazing poet. I first heard her on the NPR show "Living on Earth," performing her poem "Tell Them." It was very early--I was half asleep, and then suddenly there was this powerful poetry in my ear; I was RIGHT THERE with her.

Now I'm a confirmed fan. I have a copy of her poetry anthology and just ordered a second copy. I shared her poems with one of my students at the jail--the poem "History Project," which deals with the nuclear testing that was carried out at the expense of the people of the Marshall Islands.

Edited at 2017-05-27 07:29 pm (UTC)
May. 27th, 2017 05:11 pm (UTC)
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yes, they move me too because they come from the heart..
May. 30th, 2017 07:34 am (UTC)
We're so close to the edge. :(
Thank you for the poem. It is good, and moving, and the video images and the recital of those places already damaged and more than damaged, are very valuable as motivators - but it'll take a lot more than marching in the streets. There are positives, but so much more is needed - huge cleverness as well as political will (and people's willingness to pitch in).
May. 30th, 2017 04:00 pm (UTC)
Yes indeed.
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