|Gearing up to spread some peace poetry love out of a Cargo bike in Amsterdam 2010|
Since the VPP started every February I receive (or take myself) photos of varied participants in cities I'm in or cities I've been in or cities I've never been to (yet)! I remember a high school student with a basket of poetry scrolls at her school in Southern Australia in 2007. The many photos I've received of individuals passing out poems or thoughts on peace with real or paper flowers or just poems, can be viewed here with participants from places such as Swansea, beloved Amsterdam, London and Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco and elsewhere including some peace tulip bulbs packaged and sold in London around Peace Day (September) and also a photo of them fully grown. The project grows with ideas outside and including the Community Valentine which is the seed of how it started.
Appreciate that someone somewhere had something to say about peace and wrapped it around a flower or submitted it to us to do it or used poems already on the website and sent photos or looked to me to document photographically the many poems and flowers with volunteers I gathered together to spread them. Thanks also to photographer Annelies Van Dam. Also Sjors Beenker in Amsterdam and Morten Arstad, LaShawn Moore and Georgia Freedman-Harvey in Southern California, Pam Evans of Peace Mala in Wales, for contributing great images in February or September year after year. And Kai Forsley in San Francisco; fabulous Amsterdam coordinator Elena Kravtchenko and beautiful Lies Leen and the many others that have helped document and lead their communities in an alternative Valentine's Day. And for the many bloemen/flowers - in the beginning FTD, then Fairtrade Global Flower Trading and One World Flowers.