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Siftings: Poetry in Motion

These occasional short reflections by the Very Revd. Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle focus on his ministry and lifetime of learning:

So, what does this poetry and these poets look like, sound like even? Be sure they are not some effete, whimsical dreamers who have little understanding of the turmoil of life. You can’t dress up with a silk scarf around your neck and spout ‘poncy’ words thinking you will make a difference. The poetry and poets I have due regard for and think we desperately need, have I think at least two vital qualities: imagination and creativity. They practice two honed skills in their daily living: profound listening and gracious speaking. Their impact has two necessary outcomes: enabling an empowering culture and stretching compassionate dreams. Viewing those around us, our colleagues, our so-called leaders, and our friends, through these lenses sometimes leads us to surprising conclusions about what really matters and who is (or could) have the most impact on us and our communities. All organisations need those who will work and implement just as much as they need visionaries and inspirers. Sometimes, not always, the same people can (and perhaps should) be both. Perhaps not all the time but at least at times. The grafters can dream, can listen, and can imagine, just like the innate poets can and should graft. Culture they say “eats strategy for breakfast” and the simple truth is that where a community finds together a wide, compassionate, listening and empowering culture then change really happens. Getting to that point isn’t simple or easy. But it is poetry in motion. So, give me a poem rather than a policy update any day.