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Heri: A poem of spirit

Heri Kurniawan, a Northwest Community College Initiative student  from Indonesia, is earning a certificate in Hospitality and Tourism at Whatcom Community College. As a result of his internship at Allied Arts, Heri has been tapping into his creative side.

In this video reflection, Heri waxes poetic on lessons learned, facing each day with a smile, and how the challenges of living abroad have made him stronger. The poem’s text is included below.



A Poem of Spirit

I open my eyes and I greet my morning in the island of freedom

I open the door and hear the birds sing along

And I turn my eyes to the northwest side,

I see the magnificent Mount Baker smile at me with his snowy blanket

In contrast with my real life, I see a giant volcano smoking out of his mouth

How beautiful the morning, God!


Yes, that is how I greet my days

Beautiful days paralyze me in a good way

Even though, sometimes the mist greets my days

But my heart will never be scared


The cold weather doesn’t mean to hurt me,

It teaches me what life is

And I am sure there is always warm after cold, and light after dark


Sometimes I feel lost in my direction, but one thing that I believe,

From every side, I can learn things because the nature and the circumstances will never be bored to teach me.


The NWCCI program is part of the Community College Initiative, an exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


The opinions expressed in this blog by writers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of the Northwest Community College Initiative program, Edmonds Community College, Whatcom Community College, Pierce College, the United States Department of State or any employee thereof. NWCCI and Edmonds Community College are not responsible for the accuracy of the information supplied by the student bloggers.

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