I leave with a sadness and joy in my heart
off donning the KF Fellowship think cap
’twas 5 months ago, I arrived at this place
all academics pursued with some grace.
But what do we do at this think tank bureau?
Chimed some who thought they were Inspector Clousseau
unravelling, the rhetoric hemmed in the walls
of KF’s philosophies, actions and all.
I ask even those, who are seasoned and weaned,
“Can you assimilate all that you’ve gleaned?”
Argentina, Russia, Ghana – just a few,
Fellows and associates produced all on cue.
Institutions, citizens dialogue at will,
Workshops, far and wide, are just trying to peel
away at the fabric of all our research
So ideas and thoughts could then firmly be perched.
Naming and framing are the words of the year
NIF/PPI policies – all clear!?
But really we just must sustain dialogue
to fluff out the abstract, unwanted due fog.
Those founders of KF did have their own dreams,
the world of today has thrown those through the scenes.
Connections, publications, networks are vast.
I’m confident this large dialogue will last.
Thus, when the wise sage of 4 score + came forth,
to speak to Kettering’s la-creme-de-la-creme court.
the message “you guys just keep plugging away,
‘cuz D&D really has come here to stay.
Six programme areas that can do mankind good
were hammered, and hewn in amidst some good food
Citizens from all continents far and awide
left Dayton strengthening democracy’s stride.