Ode to International Cittaslow Conference 2011
From across the world we came
To gather in Lidzbark Warminski
And discuss how we see our towns and cities
To vision just how they might be
We shared, debated, planned and laughed
About vino, fromages, gardens and seas
Experiencing the pleasures and success we had
In the fair regions of Varmia and Mazvry
Cittaslow, Cittaslow, Cittaslow,
What a wonderful concept it is;
Bringing cultures and passions together
Forging alliances, friendships and peace
No matter the creed or tradition
Encompassing all genders and age
The Cittaslow family is growing
Through courage, collaboration and with ease
In Lidzbark the feeling was joyful
Not frivolous, combative or false
For we all see value and benefit in fun
And a world that gives time to pause
So what is Cittaslow to the world today?
How can it benefit and assist us?
Is Slow really what we need to embrace?
What differences, when and what fuss?
With very little effort one can see
The way eyes shine and smiles appeared
As visions and dreams were formed and built
When simple things in life are prized
Each village, town or city who came
Has experienced the warmth, love and pride
In their own unique circumstances,
Fulfilment and enjoyment they did not hide
For it is not for others to dictate or direct
What we may cherish and place worth on
And Cittaslow is built around honouring
The contributions we each make on our own
Were the world to proceed as it has,
Many feel it will not survive long
What better time and manner can there be
Than the ways that Cittaslow focusses on?
So it is with trust, feeling and experience
That we may in practice and theory
Look to the excellent model of Cittaslow
To adopt, embrace and so build our family.
Paul Payten 2011