The Poet at Play 3 – Working with Metaphors

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People still
the Trojan horse

Somehow this horse
is a boat
or a truck
full of people crying

It can’t be real
it is just a tool
to make us open

We won’t be fooled
We must protect our

Oh for a portal to freedom
a falling Berlin wall
and all the Humpty Dumptys
falling down,

from the wall
they installed

Oh for a portal
to compassion
hidden somewhere
in that wall
that is going
up, up, up, up

When will you believe
what you see
is not just a trick
and when will we all
sing a welcome song?

(c) June Perkins

Ripple Poetry

Image by June Perkins

This week I have been playing with metaphors.  Metaphors give us a memorable comparison to understand something which seems inexpressible at a deep level.

Some metaphors  have been so used that there have become clichés; so as I write I have to approach them with care and ingenuity.   I have to strive for originality.  But also intertextuality and allusion are going to be helpful.

I have been working with the ideas of gates, doors and walls, of barriers, and openings, of welcomes and denials.

My journey with gates, doors and walls is triggered by all the news about refugees around the world not being allowed to cross borders, and being put inside prisons, and separated from their children.

Historically walls are set up to protect from invasion of enemies. They surround cities, castles and more. But all walls have a gate for those who can be…

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Reinventing Futures for Refugee and Migrant Women

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Photo Credit: June Perkins, Transmitting Skills Series

Refugees and migrants come to Australia looking to rebuild their lives, and face many challenges – from tackling new cultures, language, home-sickness to searching for economic independence.  They come with talents, dreams and expectations.

They come to Australia to build new futures but the reality is often not what they may have expected of the ‘lucky country.’

I know this from first hand experience, having a migrant (but not refugee mother), so  I was excited to hear that Nell Arnold of, Out of Australia, is co-producing with the National Council of Women of Queensland a forum and film about “Reinventing Futures with/for, by women.”

This event will take place

 November 24, 6pm – 8:30pm   Queensland Parliamentary Annex

Professor Arnold has been for 40 years assisting refugees and new immigrants in many countries co-build enterprises with professional women and business owners.

Nell says:

“If you consider there may be 1.2 million professional and business women in Australia who could guide, mentor or partner five new refugee women into enterprise local to global.  If we did, we would be creating 6 million new self-employment opportunities.

The goal is to ensure women move out of social and economic isolation.

Each of the refugees and new immigrants women have links to at least five other women in Australia and beyond. Market size increases to 30 million – even 1% of this market size establishes viable futures for enterprise.

The internal to international market linkages, working to reinvent viable futures, introduces options.

Communication systems are adapting rapidly at a time when we all have to reinvent economic structures and cash-flows.”

This will be a fabulous and inspiring event leading to some mentoring and partnerships that will be beneficial not only to those attending but the fabric of Australian life and its participation in the  global community.

I look forward to future news from participants in this forum and trust that many Australians will find a way to support this initiative.

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