The Extended Heart weaves a single line into a unique visual poem. The design features a heart, an infinity sign, a speech bubble, a brain, an eclipse, and a rollercoaster. The essential meaning of the poem’s six symbols are compassion, resilience, connection, intent, alignment, and joy. Written with symbols instead of words, the layered design is a reminder to explore our capacity for compassion, foster sustainability, start conversations, intentionally build community, align our interests’ with the interests' of others, and to have fun. The boundary blurring form invites us to think of our housed and unhoused neighbors as extended family and reconsider the idea of there being an 'us' and a 'them'. From this place we can extend our hearts to others and work to help foster & restore the bonds of genuine community.

Dreyson Byker

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