TEDxÖstersund began with a "poetry slam" reading by Martin Johansson.
Here are the words to his poem, called "Jämtland is #whereicomefrom.
JÄMTLAND IS WHERE I COME FROM:
Where I come from people take care of each other
Where I come from people are friendly
Where I come from people are shovelling snow off their neighbours driveways
Where I come from people can´t understand the kindness that neighbours show
Where I come from the storefronts in county towns are empty
Where I come from people build bowling alleys and sport arenas instead.
Where I come from the trees speak louder than the people
Where I come from people understand each other anyway
Where I come from people are starting to hate more and more
Where I come from people who are starting to hate more and more frightens me
Where I come from people in the countryside gather to make cabarets
Where I come from people gather in groups just to enjoy each other’s company
Where I come from people make good cheese
Where I come from people like to eat good cheese
Where I come from. Where I.
JÄMTLAND IS WHERE I:
Where I am born
Where I live
Where I lost myself
Where I re-invented myself
Where I wanted to leave as soon as quickly at the age of twenty
Where I now want to inspire people in the twenties not to vanish for good.
Where I work with culture on the countryside
Where I don´t have to work full time in order to survive
Where I don´t have to move myself in rush hours
Where I walk to my office every day.
Where I think something big is about to happen
Where I am longing when I´m abroad
Where I have met so many people that think like me
Where I can pet a moose.
Where I. Where.
JÄMTLAND IS WHERE:
Where you no longer see the virgin forests
Where the woods are devastated by forestry machinery
Where the rivers create electricity in abound
Where the money from the power plants lands somewhere else
Where people skates on ice in a winter park.
Where the ice breaks earlier and earlier
Where developers want to build new slopes where the eagles build their nests
Where people with love to animals stop those plans
Where politician says: it is fun when something happens here.
Where the bluish ice is slowly singing
Where the national newspapers writes strange columns about us
Where the people here reacts on strange columns written about us.
Where the colours have more clarity than anywhere else
Where you get time to live.
Jämtland is where it is closer to your dreams.
Jämtland is where I come from
Lyrics and performance: Martin Johansson
With inspiration from: Annika Norlin, Yvonne Flodin, Björn Barr, Ann-Sofie Andersson, Jenny Sandström, Ida Norlén, Emma Arnesson and Pernilla Axerup.
Music by: Klabbes bank.
Composer: Klas-Henrik Hörngren
Photo: Johannes Poignant/ TEDxÖstersund
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