Wednesday, June 20, 2012

"A Legacy"

This poem, "A Legacy," was written for and first read at the Rice County Votes No! Community Kick-off event on Monday, June 18. The event was organized to bring together local opponents of the proposed amendment to the Minnesota marriage amendment. The amendment was voted down on November 6, 2012.

A Legacy

To my sons

I’ve thought long and hard
about what I can leave you.
After all, my greatest treasures
are things I don’t possess:

the bur oak and the pasqueflower,
and the prairie grass rising
from fire each spring;

the bluebird
dissolving into flight;

the clouds
and the snow-pleated
winter fields;

and the river that runs through
the middle of this town,
that unites us more than it divides us.

On the night before I traveled to Athens,
I watched the sun
setting behind Manitou Heights

and believed that not even the Acropolis
could be so full of wonders.

I have loved this place like no other,
this place which has given us you.

You came from more than
one woman and one man—

You came from these people,
from these fast-changing skies,
these deep winters,
the rise of the land that seemed,
when I first came here from the east,

like a deep breath being held.

You came into a world
that was changed by your presence.

You have made the hardest times
lighter with the weight of your dreams.

You have lived in possibilities
I could never have imagined.

You have believed there can be
more love, more voices
singing the song of their inmost heart.

You have already given me the future.

So I stand here tonight
in faithfulness to that future,
and in faithfulness to the vows I made

when your mother and I came together
as two hearts, and love
was the highest law we followed.

I stand here tonight to say no
to any lesser law

that claims we are married
only because our bodies are different
and not by the grace of everything we share. 


Copyright © 2012 by Rob Hardy

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Making Movies


Here's a teaser for my most recent feature story on Northfield.org, about two 2012 Carleton College graduates who are getting ready to spend the next year making a feature-length film. They need your help to make the film. You can become a backer of their project through Kickstarter.

KaitlinSam.jpgKaitlin Randolph was writing stories before she started kindergarten in northern Wisconsin. Sam Dunnewold started making films as a seventh grader at Northfield Middle School. Sam was also a member of the last class of Northfield eighth graders to go through their entire middle school career in the building which is now the Weitz Center for Creativity.

Both Kaitlin and Sam ended up at Carleton College, where they majored in Cinema and Media Studies (CAMS). Now the two young filmmakers are preparing to graduate from college and embark on the next stage of their careers: making their first feature-length film.

With several other partners, they’ve created a production company, Lucid Films LLC, and have created a Kickstarter account with the goal of raising at least $5,000 before June 24, 2012.

But the process began in the summer of 2010, when Kaitlin began brainstorming ideas for a screenplay about “two depressed twentysomethings” who literally share each other’s dreams, but who eventually “find reality catching up with them.” The story gradually took shape over the following fall and winter terms at Carleton, and in early 2011 she brought Sam on board. In the fall, they decided that the film, Lucidity, would be their project for the year after their graduation from Carleton.

Read the rest of the story on Northfield.org.

Public Poetry at the Northfield Public Library

In early August, the director of the Northfield Public Library, Teresa Jensen, asked me to write a poem to be displayed prominently in the...