Seeded Heart Poems of Hope

Now that my whirlwind of teaching and writing has slowed down, I wanted to share some of what I’ve been doing and thinking about the last few months. I spent a month in Bangkok at the wonderful Early Learning Center (ELC) International School, a couple of days with the amazing Imagine the Possibilities program at the Princeton Day School and numerous virtual workshops in schools around the United States. I have so much to share and I have learned so much from my students, it has taken me awhile to integrate it all into my mind and heart.

Words have always held a special place in my life, offering immense power and hope. As a poet, I firmly believe in their ability to change us and the world around us. They can touch hearts, shape minds, and bring beauty and wonder into our lives. To me, poems are like prayers, sent out into the world to help us endure challenges and ultimately, make our world a better place.

During my time in Bangkok, alongside the bustling cityscape of skyscrapers and endless traffic, I launched a special poetry project with my students. In conjunction with ELC’s theme of botany, we explored the concept of sowing hope through poetry.

I gave my students heart shaped paper, seeded with wildflowers, and our plan was to write poems of hope on the paper and plant these poems in a vacant lot as part of the school’s rewilding project.

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Here’s how we did the project:

1. Imagine. We imagined what feelings seeds might have as they lie nestled in the dark ground waiting for their chance to sprout.

2. Pretend. We pretended we were seeds, crouching on the floor, imagining seeds’ hopes, dreams, and thoughts as they journey towards growth.

3. Write. The children then wrote letter poems directly on the seeded paper to bring hope, strength and courage to the seeds for helping to make the world a more beautiful place.

Through poetry, children found a means of hope and wonder. It served as a poignant reminder to me that teaching poetry extends far beyond analyzing a poem or writing in a set form but it can offer empowerment and genuine connection with ourselves as well as the natural world.

Just like Heart Maps, my students have inspired me to believe in words as instruments of change, as we work together to create a more compassionate world.

If you try seeded heart poems, I’d love to hear about it. Comment here or tag me on social media: #georgiaheard

“The more I wonder, the more I love.” — Alice Walker

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  • Linda Kulp Trout
    Posted at 12:14h, 01 July Reply

    What a beautiful project. I love the idea of sowing hope through poetry. You bring so much good into the world!

    • Georgia Heard
      Posted at 13:03h, 01 July Reply

      Thank you for reaching out, Linda, with your kind words. I think that’s what we’re all trying to do when we write our poems. xo

  • Margaret Simon
    Posted at 16:21h, 30 June Reply

    Georgia, Your seeded heart poems just planted in my brain the field trip I want to take my students on this fall, to a natural place where we can make seed bracelets and seed heart poems to plant. Love this idea! Now I have to make it happen!

    • Georgia Heard
      Posted at 13:05h, 01 July Reply

      Thanks so much, Margaret! I wish I lived closer so I could join you and your young poets on your poetry field trip. Keep me posted. xo

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