Voicing Heart Community Initiative

nurturing the healthy heart of loving communities through the power of poetry, art and friendship

 Voicing HeArt


“Love for Montpelier”

3 community poetry & art events with residents & friends to celebrate the city we love

Kids’ Public Poetry Origami Art Project

Thursday, March 25, 5 -7 pm on Zoom

Turn a PoemCity Children’s Poem into origami art for an outdoor public mobile!

 Voicing HeArt
Poetry Workshop

Wednesday, April 21, 5 -7 pm on Zoom

Need some help writing your PoemCity Love Poem to Montpelier? Join this low-key workshop to get your creative juices flowing.

 Voicing HeArt
Poetry Reading

Saturday, April 24, 2 -3 pm on Zoom

Be part of PoemCity: Write and share a reading of your love poem to Montpelier at our special PoemCity Edition Voicing Heart Poetry Reading – no experience necessary! Or come share in the love as an appreciative listener.

Resources to Inspire Writing Your Love Poem to Montpelier

Free Poetry Workshop

Need a little creative inspiration to write your PoemCity love poem to Montpelier for the Voicing HeArt Poetry Reading? Curious about what makes a moving love poem? Join poet, JC Wayne, for this relaxed, low-key workshop. All ages and all experiences levels (including none) welcome!

Sample Love Poems

Check out some examples of “love poems” written by your Voicing Heart host, JC, as well as some other poets you might have heard of. Love poems aren’t always what you think!


I lost myself in you,

         your grey-greens,
         your shadowy mists,
         your icy falls.

The wild winds blow + whistle –

         this magical, haunting land
         of Mother Mary sightings.

Your desolation a perfection so full,

         greens of so many subtle
         varieties never seen before.

You pull me out of and into

         out into this wild wind,
         this hungry, untouched wind.

A desert of mountains so

         perfectly empty –
         so perfectly full.

Most pass through your peaks

         and crags with a careful
         eye on the guardrail.

I am seduced to throw

         myself off your edges
         as I count your hundreds
         of lakes.

I long to be dust, wind,

         moss upon your perfectly
         silent stillness.

To be absorbed into your

         ageless timelessness,
         your ever-changing,
         changeless face of
         shadow + light.

I will rest here.
I will soar here.
I will become permanent here –

         melting into your wind –
         worn rocks with face
         turned up to the kiss
         of your mist.

– JC Wayne

This poem was written on a car ride through El Cajas National Park in Ecuador. It is a section of the countryside closest to the high mountain town of Cuenca. The elevation is 13,550 feet/4,310 meters, and it features 270 lakes and lagoons. They look like pieces of broken mirror scattered all throughout the flanks of the mountains and valleys. The back road where this poem was written is apparently a little sketchy to drive; it is said that there are bandits, so even Ecuador natives tend to stay away, but all that was experienced on the road was absolute quiet except for the voice of the wind. It is a truly magical place on Earth.


The wind blows.
The chimes sound.
The words sing.
I would have my ears filled
with the world’s music.
Let me hear all sounds of life and living.

– Maya Angelou


Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am home again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am whole again

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am young again
Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am fun again

However far away
I will always love you
However long I stay
I will always love you
Whatever words I say
I will always love you
I will always love you

Fly me to the moon

Whenever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am free again
Whever I’m alone with you
You make me feel like I am clean again

However far away
I will always love you
However long I stay
I will always love you
Whatever words I say
I will always love you
I will always love you

– The Cure


O my Luve’s like a red, red rose
That’s newly sprung in june;
O my Luve’s like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune;

As fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry;

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will luve thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only Luve
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my Luve,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.

– Traditional Scottish Poem

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Why Voicing Heart?

Over the past year, we have all gone through an isolating and uncertain time like nothing we’ve ever experienced before. It’s more important than ever when we can’t be together physically as friends and communities – enjoying the things that we love about our neighborhoods – to find ways to connect and share in what we love. The PoemCity Montpelier 2021 special Voicing Heart events bring our hearts together in meaningful connection through poetry, art and community gathering when we can’t be together physically.

Be part of giving the heart and hope of Montpelier a boost by sharing what you love about our town and state through one or all of the 3 special Voicing Heart PoemCity events – making a mobile out of origami of the PoemCity Children’s Poems to hang in the trees outside Kellogg-Hubbard Library at the Kids’ Public Poetry Origami Art Project, getting inspiration to write a love poem to Montpelier at the Voicing HeArt Workshop: How to Write a Love Poem and sharing your love for Montpelier and Vermont by writing a poem and reading it aloud at the Voicing HeArt Poetry Reading, you are supporting the healthy heart of your loving community of Montpelier.

Words matter.
Every time we share a loving word, we build a loving world. Let’s come together for the love of Montpelier and Vermont.

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