Monster, monster how you creep…
What can we do to remain strong in the pandemic and other world disasters right now?
How can we look more deeply to the future and the way out of this current challenge to humanity?
How can we look beyond now with optimism?
As a writer and storyteller I don’t want to tell others how to feel, or what to do, but nor do I want to avoid the monstrous experiences all around us.
I don’t want to be absorbed with myself!
Monster, monster, sent to make me wake ?
I want to find stories that challenge me and others to think, question, examine and make decisions that will empower us all.
There have been so many monsters lurking before this time, that perhaps we did not listen to their mumbling, or take note of their creeping and failed to see them growing and growing.
Maybe we noticed some more than others.
Maybe though we closed our eyes, and listened to their tears, and their moaning…
Those monsters are extremes of wealth and poverty, a lack of access to education for many in the world, systemised racism, inequality of woman and man,and much much more.
Two steps forward, one step back.
How many monsters can you name?
How many do you see blinking, behind you, away from the light?
So many monsters lurking, growing, following us, and some of us not choosing to look back and tackle them.
I keep thinking of the role of the poet as the canary taking in the toxic fumes to save the miners. The poet, the artist, the sensitive feeling the struggles sniffing out the monster’s treacherous trails.
Two steps forward, one step back…
But I don’t want to be a canary that is knocked out by the fumes of toxic parts of human experience right now
Monster, monster let me sing !
I want to sing, even if this experience feels like a cage,
around us all.
I want to sing of the beyond.
What is beyond the pandemic?
What will lead us beyond?
Will we let the treacherous overcome us, or will we slay these monsters once and for all?
30/07/2020 (c) June Perkins
A huge thank you to the Queensland Poetry Festival team for the invitation to be part of Panacea Poets.
In Panacea Poets, Queensland Poetry Festival administers a twice-weekly booster of short readings from wonderful poets via their youtube channel.
QPF will deliver these soothing doses of poets-in-iso indefinitely.
It is such a great honour to be part of a project to apply the bird of poetry to the experience of the Pandemic, and to maybe inspire listeners to draw on their strengths and optimism.
So many esteemed and inspiring poets – Kirli Saunders, Stuart Barnes, Charmaine Papertalk Green to name just a few, do check out the playlist! I’ll share a few of my faves from time to time!
Here is my reading!
Wonderful to work with this team (with one facilitator absent) to mentor young poets from Equador, El Salvador, Argentina, Parugay, Argentina, Colombia, USA, Canada, Spain, UK, Bahrian,Tanzania, Cambodia, Kenya, Zambia, Beijing and Israel.
My heart soars with the hopeful message, diversity, questioning, open hearts of the young poets we listened to.
For Young Writers
2pm in my afternoon
late evening, early morning in theirs
young poets gathering
screen by screen
microphone by microphone
heart by heart.
They share their
thoughts and dreams
with facilitators who listen
beat by beat
metaphor by metaphor
rhyme by rhyme.
voice by voice
asking, nurturing, empowering.
Making us laugh
feel the warmth of a summer’s day
walk in gardens with hidden meanings
listen and see all the creatures of the ocean.
Blessed, grateful, imploring
poets writing, speaking, thinking . . .
Each phrase unique
yet, emotions universal.
Each current experience reconnecting
note by note
image by image
post by post
embracing the world
celebrating the world
loving to be heard
through zoom portals.
Arising to the call of poetry
drawing on the love of
becoming like these heroes
By June Perkins