PEACE-ABILITY  |  for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics 

a body of written, spoken & visual poems honoring the spirit

of trucefulness; our deeper, shared humanity, and our ability

and possibility as individuals, cultures and countries of people

to be ever more peaceful within and between ourselves.

as poet laureate of the Truce Foundation of the United States, 

created, curated and contributed as a unique poetorial, around

the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea. dedicated

to the spirit of the Olympic Truce, its participants on and off

the fields of play, the people of Korea and publicly honored

"truce bearers." a bellwether poem of this cultural offering

is "Peace-ability." another centerpiece is the musically-

scored poem "The Times of Truce." all the specially-

commissioned work is featured here, including the Truce

Foundation's Trucefulness Award poems below which

were presented at the inaugural PyeongChang Forum for

The Earth & Its Citizens; a Davos-like gathering

of global influencers in Seoul, on the environment, 

on the eve of these Winter Games...and an honoring 

of all Paralympians competing in the follow-on Paralympics.

 

 
  a peaceable spirit  ©  colin goedecke

a peaceable spirit  ©  colin goedecke

 

Peace-ability

 

How the reverence

for Ékécheiria

for this ancient Greek spirit

from the days of Olympia

and Elis, and the easeful

holding of hands,

unbearing of arms,

transcends millennia,

to this moment

of trucefulness.

Where Olympians

and modern pilgrims

travel and gather

with ease of way,

into a higher place.

One infused

with peaceability;

greater possibility.

Put aside differences

and didactics.

Enter the experience

with an unspoken unity;

a shared humanity.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
 

enter a still-point, some spoken, musical and peacefully moving moments to play and enjoy here, above...

 

The Times of Truce

 

 

When the blowing

winds cease.

When the swelling

seas settle down.

When the earth

enters a still point

near dawn,

near dusk.

Or the night skies

grow silent

with stars.

Whenever the world

of Nature

makes peace

with itself.

And Man

mirrors that

peace in himself;

gives free leave

to his fellow man.

These are the times

when rare and

graceful plumes of truce,

deep spirits of unity,

community

can be found and

greatly felt --

by everything living.

Be remembered and

honored --

by everyone,

young to old,

hearkening.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  classically formed   ©  colin goedecke

classically formed   ©  colin goedecke

 

Pindar

 

He tuned us, B.C.,

to the poetry

of Olympic feats;

his victory odes

to its athletes,

and Panhellenics --

of Corinth, Nemea,

Pythia.  Made a

flower-petaled way

for much Olympian

musing; openings,

closings -- even

engravings, on medals

of burnished gold

and silver.

Pindar, passionate,

lyrical spirit; quasar.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  centuries later   ©  colin goedecke

centuries later   ©  colin goedecke

 

Centuries of Winters

 

                                    

Centuries of winters,

 

centuries of wars,

 

centuries of civilizations

 

and conquistadors

 

have not stopped the tides

 

from falling, or the moon

 

from rising; the beating

 

of birds’ wings

 

or women’s hearts,

 

the heat of the day;

 

the absolute silence

 

of the stars.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

from the collection The Speed of Sight

 
 
  how you bring yourself to the table   ©   colin goedecke

how you bring yourself to the table   ©   colin goedecke

 

The Other DMZ

 

 

A Deeper Meeting Zone.

De-calcified.

De-toxified.

De-pressurized.

Between any two parties,

any two bodies, of countries,

cultures, or beings.

Where so much more

is seeable.  Is desirable.

Is possible.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  beholding the beauty of the body   ©   colin goedecke

beholding the beauty of the body   ©   colin goedecke

In Praise of Bodies

 

 

That can fly

through winter skies.

That can take off and land

without wings. Hurtle

at remarkable speeds

down rural mountainsides.

Become works of art

in white space.

Bodies that can dance

miraculously on water;

race and match fluidly

over scapes of

crystallized water.

Can glide with all grace,

tracing agile ways

through forests, and

fields of moving targets.

Bodies that can shine

with burning spirit,

purpose, passion;

beyond color, culture,

nation.

 

                                   

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  heaven-to-earth   ©   colin goedecke

heaven-to-earth   ©   colin goedecke

 

Beauty Continues



While countries, armies

and ideologies battle, bees

make honey. Butterflies

float, and drink the nectar

from gently open flowers.

While spouses, neighbors,

bosses and workers quarrel,

the sun still sets, and rises.

Brings color, splendor.

To snow-hatted mountains,

old growth forests,

bird-filled meadows.

The moon still shines.

Upon the faces of oceans

and lakes, fjords and

flowing rivers. On fish-filled

bays; clear streams and tarns,

tide pools of mussels,

anenomes, sea stars.

While attentions,

actions turn

to ungraced choices

and places of being,

unlovely behaving,

in the world's towns

and villages, houses

and metropolises,

beauty everywhere,

ever here, ever pure,

continues.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  everything is connected   ©   colin goedecke

everything is connected   ©   colin goedecke

 

Norths & Souths

 

                  for the people of Korea

 

Throughout history.

Countries and kingdoms,

dynasties and dominions

from the Americas to Asia,

Europe to Brittania.

Have lost their civility;

descended sadly

into hostilities.

Throughout life,

then and now,

men and women

have, too, at times

left their inner poles,

their true norths

and souths. Lost

that precious harmony; 

entered blindly

into inhumanities.

As Mr. Lincoln sagely said

A house divided

against itself

cannot stand. 

Rightly so, from houses 

of nations and cultures

to houses of communities

and self; yours and mine. 

Or stand well, or worthily.

Until they hold themselves,        

until we hold our selves,

close to the deeper heart-

fulness of mankind --

our humankindness -- and

the benevolent geography 

of Nature.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  in a field of possibility   ©   colin goedecke

in a field of possibility   ©   colin goedecke

 

In the Open

 

             for Mr. Choi Moon-soon, Governor

             of Gangwon Province

 

Where the sun is abundant.

Where everything is able to grow

in its own way, its own time.

On fertile, tranquil ground.

Mountain to woodland to coast.

Everything with its unique form,

color, voice. Able to share

an openly-flowing place;

a free-flowering, seeding

and pollinating place --

that nurtures all.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  we, the people   ©   colin goedecke

we, the people   ©   colin goedecke

 

Koreagraphing

 

              for Mr. Lee Hee-Beom, President of the

              PyeongChang Organizing Committee

              of the Olympic Games

 

They’ve happened before.

Are happening now.

On history’s dance floor.

Countrywide sequences,

cadences, of specified and

unspecified movements;

sporting and

transporting movements.

Toward moments of parity,

consanguinity.

Manmade designings,

koreagraphings, all

to express our

higher reachings;

with the most artful,

mindful steps.

To finesse our bearings,

in ever changing,

ever evolving place.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  free-flow   ©   colin goedecke

free-flow   ©   colin goedecke

 

Unbordered

 

                  for Mr. Miroslav Lajčák, President

                  of the UN General Assembly

 

All boundaries unbound.

All limitations unlimited.

All walls, confines,

hard lines removed.

All doors, minds

and dialogues swung open.

And the only frontier:

an inviting now-and-here

where whole nations

arrive at the virtue

and valor of embracing

more times of truce

than times of duress.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  entering the peaks   ©   colin goedecke

entering the peaks   ©   colin goedecke

 

Mountains Maybe As Metaphors

 

                                 for the Olympic alpine skiers

        

If mountains and

moving down them

are metaphors, then

your angle of motion,

the way you flow;        

work with direction,

are vital

to any swift and

sure descent.

And to all ascending.

The mastering

of your art,

your craft, your sport.

From the élan        

you greet each

landscape with,

however sloping

or arcing,

to the grace

you glide with,

on or off any piste.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  where the physical meets the lyrical   ©   colin goedecke

where the physical meets the lyrical   ©   colin goedecke

 

At the Speed of Possibility

 

                            for the Olympic long track speed skaters

        

Even in your airstreamed body

suits, you can feel the bones

of a thousand years back.

Of the Northern Europeans and

Netherlanders who used them

below their shoes. To move

with ease over frozen rivers,

lakes and Avercamp canals.

Or the stretch of your first

counterparts, in England’s

18th century Fens, who

competed at other great speed.

As you face and skate full-tilt

hundreds of metres

at the speed of ability

and fortuity.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
   
  
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       avant et après   ©   colin goedecke     

  avant et après   ©   colin goedecke

 

 

Feet First

 

                                 for the Olympic lugers

        

Feet first.

Face up.

How you enter

this moment,

the white canvas,

the aliveness

of being,

moving at speed.

Hot inside,

cold out.

Flexing into time

and space,

shoulder to calf,

in thousandths

of seconds.

Supine and

supreme;

on the ride        

of a lifetime.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  ready to fly   ©   colin goedecke

ready to fly   ©   colin goedecke

 

Taking Off

 

                      for the Olympic ski jumpers

 

 

 Between take off and landing.

 

The wending of a good journey.

 

One measured, best treasured, by

 

how distantly and eloquently

 

you traveled. From your flight

 

into space and all its unknowns,

 

to how deeply you leaned

 

into your rare human form

 

of flying.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  in the universe of all promise & potential   ©   colin goedecke

in the universe of all promise & potential   ©   colin goedecke

 

Locomotively      

 

               for the Olympic cross-country skiers

 

Your body a living engine,

furnace breathing. Everything

inside full-steaming, as 

you stream through deeply

lyrical snowscapes;

moving in long

forward strides;

tracking side-to-side.

Limbs, lungs and spokes

working so locomotively;

in such harmony.

The way Scandinavians

traveled with forte and fire

through their frozen worlds

five millennia ago.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  whirling dervishly   ©   colin goedecke

whirling dervishly   ©   colin goedecke

 

Chess on Ice

 

                                 for the Olympic curlers

        

Playing on a fair-squared

chessboard of ice;

 

with polished pieces

of bodies and stone;

 

for olympic stakes.

Betting the house,

 

you throw your whole

weight in;

 

sweep and encircle

in grandmasterly ways;

 

seek to surpass your

as-skilled challengers;

 

to button up,

hammer down not only

 

a dangling disc of gold,

but a singular place

 

in the pantheons

of history and memory.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  pure bliss   ©   colin goedecke

pure bliss   ©   colin goedecke

 

Through the White Seas

 

                     for the Olympic freestyle skiers

        

The rises and falls,

swells and unknowns,

of the white seas of snow

you sail so freely through,

are fearful obstacles

for others. But

long-sought chances

for you to ride

great waves of possibility.

To partner

with the earth and

winter; perform 

exceptional feats

together: you and

Nature, unafraid;

unbound.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  beauty in balance   ©   colin goedecke

beauty in balance   ©   colin goedecke

 

Bella Figura(s)

 

                         for the Olympic figure skaters

        

The beauty,

in and outside

the edges,

of the skaters’ giri

and salti,

sollevamenti

e spirali.

The choreography

of one, of two;

of medleys,

melodies of bodies,

blading and winging,

while the whole world

is quietly watching.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  across the great unknowns   ©   colin goedecke

across the great unknowns   ©   colin goedecke

 

X Marks the Spots

 

                          for the Olympic Nordic combined skiers

        

In the snow.

Where you cross

the go-man’s land

that divides near im-

mortals of sport

from the mere.

Where your body

and spirit resound,

as they bound

into rarified alpine air.

Where you give

your all, hoping

to best by far the rest

of your Nordic tribe.

Have a victory inscribed

round these high, rising

moments of life, joy and

recorded times.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  you hold the key   ©   colin goedecke

you hold the key   ©   colin goedecke

 

Bare Bones

 

                             for the Olympic skeleton riders

        

Bony and alone

 

in your skin.

 

Your skeleton

 

and exoskeleton

 

join, faces down.

 

On a fast and

 

frozen, G-forced

 

journey, into glory

 

and / or eternity.        

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  when you see everything as vivid   ©   colin goedecke

when you see everything as vivid   ©   colin goedecke

 

Ice Hock(n)ey

 

                        for the Olympic ice hockey players

        

If he was painting it,

Hockney would make

it vibrant with movement

and color. In full contact

and concert with the

the spirited sticking

and pucking, the

raced shooting

and pointing; the

rushes of its

adrenaline’d

men, women

and watchers.

All its energy and

viscerality,

all its wild

heat and heart.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  white - out   ©   colin goedecke

white - out   ©   colin goedecke

 

Now Boarding

 

                for the Olympic snowboarders

 

Ocean, street and         

snow-basted slope

intersect on a board

of fibered glass

holding fast

your moving feet.

Which carries you

on a surface

of brightness;

in a flow of promise.

Challenges

your balance.

Calls for

your absolute presence

of body and mind

toward ideal states

of form, pure peaks

of performance.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  look back to the Earth   ©   colin goedecke

look back to the Earth   ©   colin goedecke

 

All the Icing      

 

                for the Olympic bobsledders

 

 

Learning to travel with gravity;

 

with streaking velocity; tenacity.

 

Navigate narrow passages,

 

wild twists and breakneck turns.

 

Outrun Time and Fate.

 

End, if you can,

 

with all the icing

 

on the cake.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  the reaching   ©   colin goedecke

the reaching   ©   colin goedecke

 

Fast Tracking

 

                    for the Olympic short track speed skaters

        

Ovaling.

Metre-ing.

Sometimes tagging.

Never impeding.

Only exceeding

the limits of

others’ speeds --

the records of

other fast-trackers

who came and

competed

as Olympically,

as indelibly before.

As you roar

over the earth

today; with only

the sound of the wind

in your ears and

the music of your metal

playing over

the bright, under-

passing ice.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  followers of the wind   ©   colin goedecke

followers of the wind   ©   colin goedecke

 

True Norse

 

                       for the Olympic biathletes

 

Through your veins

may run the ruling blood

of Ullr, ancient Norse god

of skiing and hunting.

Embodied in this twofold form

of cross-country skiing

and shooting; prone and

standing. Sang-froid

that may well be

coursing through your

present-moment prowess,

and finesse, from the accuracy

of your marksmanship        

to the equanimity

of your sportsmanship.

 

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  a breaking through   ©   colin goedecke

a breaking through   ©   colin goedecke

 

White Flag      

 

               for the South & North Korean women’s

               combined Olympic hockey team

 

A way to suspend animosity,

signal a possibility.

Seek peaceful relating

instead of brandishing

or warring of arms or wills.

Break the ice to bring

opposing elements together.

To shape something

better, something higher

minded, hearted, spirited.

That waves away 

an otherwise darkening descent, 

and waves in a hopeful,

unifying sign -- of light.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
  terra firma   ©   colin goedecke

terra firma   ©   colin goedecke

 

Always in Motion

 

              for the Paralympians

 

And connection

with the greater.

The spirit.

That endows,

enflames 

every fiber 

of thought

and feeling.

That enlarges

every vision of

what’s possible.

That enables 

every body

to rise above

the unbelievable;

reach, stretch to 

the exceptional.

That endures

all tests, 

all questions;

every trial by fire.

That enriches

our lives and places

here on Earth;

touches

the hearts and minds

of our fellow men

and women --

and sometimes,

transcendent times,

moves mightily,

magnificently

within, to empower

and ennoble us

in the eyes of

the wider world.

 

 

Colin Goedecke

for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics

& Paralympics

www.thepoetorialist.com

Winter 2018

 
 
 
  flying through a world of winter peace  ©   colin goedecke

flying through a world of winter peace  ©   colin goedecke

 

 

thank you for entering and I hope enjoying,

finding meaning in, this experience of inner and outer peace-ability,

these openings to and honorings of our possibilities,

and the transcendent spirit of trucefulness.