When growing food or creating art, “creative restrictions don’t go together” says Que McCall, one of UTC’s dedicated Garden Educators, co-coordinator of Memorial Garden’s VeggieKids program for youth 10-13 and a poet himself. This belief in artistic invention without borders shines through in the beautiful poems crafted in a workshop that he and Jasmine Hamilton, co-coordinator of VeggieKids at Memorial, led this fall. After a year of hard work the young leaders of Memorial mused on subjects such as their communities, the landscape, love and bugs in four or five different poetry forms. Dimantes, ciquains, free verse and haiku all provided the platform for VeggieKids to share and highlight the voices and visions of the garden. And as with all artists, their works speak for themselves:
I’m good your good.
I’m bug your bug we all bugs.
I love you. You love you. We in Love.
I’m you. Your me. We are each other.
Bugs is life and life is bugs.
Bugs are sweet
bugs are nice
they help us
mostly in our life.
Sting sting Buzz Buzz
– Addie Ansell, UTC Memorial Garden Coordinator