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William Ayot ser tillbaka på Berättarfestivalen 2016 – med en dikt

Blogginlägg   •   Jan 01, 2017 17:31 CET

William Ayot

På Berättarfestivalen 2016 medverkade William Ayot från Wales. Han föreläste bland annat om content marketing baserat på storytelling och ledde även ett par workshops. William summerade efteråt sin medverkan i en dikt som vi nu vill dela med oss av – en hälsning till de han träffade i Skellefteå, till alla berättare och till kraften i berättelserna.

THE TRIBE

There’s a tale in all of us that needs to be told,

a story that the world is waiting to hear.

We don’t know who the hero, or the heroine is,

and the outcome’s unclear.

We don’t know the ending.

But we do know that there will be an adventure,

that something will change us, even in the telling.

Maybe the princess in us will arise

as she hears the song of her Beloved;

or a young man’s telling of the violence he’s done

will calm the rage that did such harm.

Maybe the songlines of a hundred generations

will issue from the mouth of a didgeridoo,

growling and throating its ancient healing

down the long, sad body of our broken time —

from Byron Bay to Brisbane, to Västerbotten,

from the red rock of Uluru to Skellefteå —

or maybe the thief who is not a thief,

or the Palestinian who is not a terrorist;

or the mother or the daughter, or the lover or the wife,

or the Finn, or the Dane, or the fat man from Wales

will stand amongst us and speak for us all.

for we are the tribe who tell the tales

that heal the heart of this tired, old world —

and we carry the weight, and our bodies shine,

as light as the snowflakes that fall outside.

Yes, you are the tribe — the tellers of tales —

the diggers for truth in a time of lies.

To hear your stories is to be enchanted,

And to stand with you has been a blessing.

© William Ayot

Skellefteå. April, 2016

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