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

Via on Jul 21, 2013

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“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 Renee Picard

Renée Picard is an editor and columnist at elephant journal. A grounded creative, her words often spill out in cheap breakfast joints and via coffee shop thought streams. She prefers real conversation over small talk, red over pink, ocean over mountains. Mornings often find her photographing Vancouver's trees and beaches, and in the evenings she sometimes shows up in true unicorn form. She practises leading life with integrity, intuition and a soft but fierce heart. These days she keeps herself busy finding freedom in uncertainty. For her writing is an instinct, craft, heart-thing. Find more of it at her blog, connect with her on Twitter and Facebook.

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