Poetry in Motion: Shane Koyczan’s Animated Words. ~ Renée Picard {Inspiring video}

Via on Jul 21, 2013


“I’m not the only kid who grew up this way, surrounded by people who used to say that rhyme about sticks and stones. As if broken bones hurt more than the names we got called—and we got called them all. So we grew up believing no one would ever fall in love with us, that we’d be lonely forever.”

~ Shayne Koyczan

The first time I heard Shane Koyczan perform was at the Artswells Festival in Wells, British Columbia. I was fortunate to have heard him in such an intimate and quiet setting. Amongst his original pieces, he also performed Anis Mojgani’s Shake the Dust.

I was floored. His words hit my heart, brought tears to my eyes. This was a powerful voice.

From the start, it was clear that his purpose was to speak for those whose voices don’t get heard, no matter how loud they cry out.

Amanda Todd’s suicide in October 2012 was a perfectly tragic example of this. Her death brought the (cyber) bullying issue front and centre.

It made me think about how many youth today are—well, lost. Lost in ways that weren’t possible to imagine back in previous generations.

So when Shane and a team of B.C.-based talent produced this video (which quickly went viral), my heart swelled with hope.

Please watch, share, repeat.

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About Renée Picard

Renée Picard is an editor and columnist at elephant journal. A grounded creative, her words often spill out via coffee shop thought streams. She prefers real conversation over small talk, red over pink, ocean over mountains. She leads life with a soft-but-fierce heart. For this story doula, a core mission is offering and holding safe spaces for others to creatively express themselves. She hopes that her writing facilitates real action in the big (and little) picture: social justice, the environment, music and art, relationships, body image, LGBTQ issues---the list is endless. A key to mindful action is keeping conversations erupting and evolving. For her, writing is an instinct, craft, a heart-thing. For more heart-writing, check out her elephant journal author page, connect with her on Facebook, at her blog and at Medium. For quickie updates and cool photos, follow her at Twitter and Instagram.  


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