NAIS LEGACY—2020
NAIS LEGACY—2020

Be The Fire

“You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.”
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb

“You want to be the fire and wish for the wind.”
—Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I want to close the book of hate.

I want to close the book of hate.

I want to close the book of hate.

I want to close the book of hate.

I want our schools to love and nurture
the best, brightest spark within each student,
no matter the color of their skin, the wealth of their family,
or the identity they are finding within themselves.

I want our schools to love and nurture
the best, brightest spark within each student,
no matter the color of their skin, the wealth of their family,
or the identity they are finding within themselves.

I want to create an environment where any question
can be asked without judgement.

           I want to leave my mark on the world.

I want to create an environment where any question
can be asked without judgement.

I want to leave my mark on the world.

My voice will be heard as a siren
for change and progress.

My voice will be heard as a siren
for change and progress.

My voice will be heard as a siren
for change and progress.

Our legacy lives in the stories of our children.
Our words etched in their minds.
Our prayers planted in their souls.
Our grasp loosened on their bodies.

Our legacy lives in the stories of our children.
Our words etched in their minds.
Our prayers planted in their souls.
Our grasp loosened on their bodies.

They grow up and grow away.
     We watch them go, humbled by it all.

They grow up and grow away.
     We watch them go, humbled by it all.

They grow up and grow away.
     We watch them go, humbled by it all.

They grow up and grow away.
We watch them go, humbled by it all.

Our legacy is not defined by bronze statues
or halls that bear our names, but in the ways
we make our students and colleagues feel.

Our legacy is not defined by bronze statues
or halls that bear our names, but in the ways
we make our students and colleagues feel.

My voice stands for those who
were born and raised in a different country,
who will never lose their accent.  

My voice stands for those who
were born and raised in a different country,
who will never lose their accent.  

My voice stands for those who
were born and raised in a different country,
who will never lose their accent.  

Mexican by birth, American by heart,
          my achievements will inspire others to take a chance,
                    a gamble, a risk, on the American way.    

Mexican by birth, American by heart,
          my achievements will inspire others to take a chance,
                    a gamble, a risk, on the American way.    

Mexican by birth, American by heart,
          my achievements will inspire others to take a chance,
                    a gamble, a risk, on the American way.    

Mexican by birth, American by heart,
          my achievements will inspire others to take a chance,
                    a gamble, a risk, on the American way.    

Mexican by birth, American by heart,
my achievements will inspire others to take a chance,
a gamble, a risk, on the American way.    

My voice recollects and threads
people and memories together like a bonfire.

My voice recollects and threads
people and memories together like a bonfire.

My voice recollects and threads
people and memories together like a bonfire.

          I want time to stand still
          so we can enjoy the process
          of learning about one another

          without a single person
          having to fight for their voice.

I want time to stand still
and restart the clock

when everyone is at the table.

Our ideas will transform.
Our spirits will transpire.
Our courage is our key.

Our ideas will transform.
Our spirits will transpire.
Our courage is our key.

Together we are a map of our beautiful future,
cities of selves that house an abundance of dreams.
We are rivers that carve our wisdom into valleys.
We are roads paved by stunning purpose. 

Together we are a map of our beautiful future,
cities of selves that house an abundance of dreams.
We are rivers that carve our wisdom into valleys.
We are roads paved by stunning purpose. 

Welcome to the party.
Everyone is invited.

Welcome to the party.
Everyone is invited.

I hope you left your armor
and brought your open heart.

I look forward to melting with you.

I hope you left your armor
and brought your open heart.

I look forward to melting with you.

“Be The Fire” by NAIS Attendees 
Created using the Wick Poetry Center’s
Thread community writing experience.


Design by Each + Every

 

“Be The Fire” by NAIS Attendees 
Created using the Wick Poetry Center’s
Thread community writing experience.


Design by Each + Every

 

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