Parting words

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when i pack my balikbayan(1) box
i have no need for bubble wrap or newsprint
everything i put into it
must be
shook and
struck against one another and
shattered and
set side by side and
stuck together
in a variety of
splendid
surprising
stimulating
configurations

theatre         creative             engagement     space
civic         process     youth                                 bravery
conventions                         reality             drama
placemaking                                         digital
education             democracy                 community     devising
co-intentionality                         research
practice         immersive         young                         audiences
place                    play                                     story

when i pack my balikbayan box
i have no need for packaging tape or staples
everything i put into it
is meant to be
discovered and
dismantled and
discussed and
discerned and
distributed for
none of these are mine
they are gifts from
the dreams of plenty
that is meant for all
in fact, it overflows

there is no closing this box
its contents cannot be contained
there are other things one can do to this present
than tie a bow on it

 

(1) Balikbayan box literally means ‘repatriate box.’ This is a box sent back to the Philippines by Filipinos who live abroad. For many, the box connotes feelings similar to receiving a ‘care package.’

 

Academic adolescence  ||  How this is going to play out  ||  Civic engagement  ||  Youth, education, and theatre-making  ||  Creative placemaking  ||  Returning home  ||  Gaps || Parting words || Bibliography