For Tahirih

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“And the skies that breathe navy blue”

In Faith

Be a hollow reed
Waiting for melodies
And the notes that breathe skies
And the skies that breathe navy blue
And the navy blue that breathes sea
And the sea the breathes woman
And the woman that breathes of your unveiling and peeling away
That skin of your ego loosening and falling
The cocoon the morn
In Badasht last century
The morn.

By June Perkins

Recently I have been enjoying discussions with Baha’i writers and artists online.
I asked an abstract specialist Meg Sloss how she would illustrate this poem and she sent me the above image.
Thanks Meg. You can find more of Meg’s abstracts on at this link MEG’S ABSTRACTS

Another friend in that same group as suggested making the above poem into a dance, which really has me thinking. I’d love to have a dancer interpret this and then film it. So many creative ideas, hoping I will get around to doing them all.

You can find out more about Tahirih here.

Tahirih’s Story

Brighter Futures for the Young

 

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My major concern for Australia at the moment is how we support and nurture our youth, this will be occupying my thoughts and actions as we head into the next decade.

Partly because of course I will have three teenagers next year, but also because I am thinking of all the nations and worlds young people and the need to build with them and for them a better brighter future. Let’s find a way forward.

If you are doing or can potentially do anything for youth please post this under this status statement or approach me for guest blog or interview. I want to gather some positive energy – and mention anyone out there doing amazing, empowering and positive work.

For me personally a brighter future for young people is about enabling them to find a spiritual centre, to walk with practical feet, and embody in their actions in the world, and their interconnection to others.  It is about listening to them, encouraging them, giving them opportunities, and tools, enabling them to have opportunity from whatever beginning point they are given at birth and have no choosing in.  It is about seeing them embrace service to humanity, with love, skill and patience.

It’s about moving it away from politics and thinking of young people as spiritual beings with immense energy, potential, drive and leading them into their role as co-custodians.  It’s about youth making decisions that propel them forwards and propel those around them forwards so they can see themselves as carriers of hope, not burdens to be scared into action.

As a writer/artist I think the way for me to do this is to create projects, art works, films, stories that have this as their central drive and purpose.  My challenge – to find a way to be sustainable in this work, to take greater care of providing finances to my children’s university or other education and finding ways for them to do that too.  For this I need collaborators, ingenuity, inventiveness and to foster sustainability. Let’s face it not all forms of writing bring in enough to provide shelter let alone education for our youth.

It’s not about platitudes but walking a spiritual path with practical feet, and not sticking with anything outmoded that holds back the development of women, youth, people in general, and people dealt a rough initial starting point  the world (born into poverty, or families with a need for healing, or without any caring family).

As I soul search my return to bread and butter work, as well as continuing the often voluntary arts and community work that is good for my soul, I begin to strive to bring all the elements of who I am together, and to try and be an example to my children and youth in my own family of how to do that.  How can I make it better for them?

How can I use innovation,  storytelling, creativity, ingenuity to become all I hope for them as well,  a person whose work is not just bread and butter, but vocation, building a society that is not just about economy but about human spirit, and community?

 

 

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The First Grader

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Juli-Dali art – Photo June Perkins

 

Just watched an awesome movie about never being too old to learn, the inspiring story of Maruge.  The synopsis gives you the general gist of this film based on a true story.

It has some brilliant turning points to watch out for and is one of those films you will never forget watching.  I love the high points in the movie like where Maruge has to show strength of character and stand up to others, but there are special moments like when he uses a goat to pay for a trip to Nairobi. How many more inspiring stories like this are there out there?  I feel so lucky to have learnt this one. The colonial rule of the past is something with far reaching consequences if it is too quickly forgotten, and education is a tool to building a new future in Kenya.

This story reminds me of how privileged many people in our world are, and how others have very limited resources but make the most of every opportunity given to them to learn.  Jane Obinchu, the teacher, who gives Maruge the opportunity to go to Primary school, even though he is eighty four, is an awe inspiring lady.  She reminds you of just what a difference great teachers can make in their communities.

I recommend this film highly to anyone who ever feels they are too old to learn something or make a difference or who is trying to find the courage to stand up for what is right.

For more see The First Grader.

Affirmations: Dreaming in the Cane

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Today I call myself an artist.
I protect the copyrights of my work.
I will keep forging ahead with my creative spirit,
Seeking to invent, innovate, dream, reinvent, and make
I will trust who I am and want to be.
I will reach out in a spirit of collaboration to those I trust.
I will be confident to understand and then break the frames.
I will look for opportunity and know myself as I go forward and what I want to say with my work.
I will keep developing life long, the journey is never over.
I will look for spaces outside any box that confines.

I have just had the most brilliant time in a webinar through the Fellowship of Australian Agricultural Women which my friend Lydia Valeriano, another pal from the writing group, told me about. Professor Nell Arnold is working with us, inspiring and mentoring, and assisting us to break the frames, and extend ourselves within and without.

I do love the solitude of our space, between the cane and the rainforest, but sometimes it is like a breath of fresh air to have new thoughts expressed, and responses to your work from someone you do not know. Well did not know.

It has been so affirming to hear the role of the artist affirmed, placed into historical/ herstorical perspective and to see our communicative role valued and to know that we can push ourselves further, and yet stand true in what we believe in. I said to friends on facebook today I have gone into creative hyperdrive and the possibilities are so limitless.

If you get a chance where-ever you to participate in this webinar please do.

Arts the Competition with Self. For more information go to http://www.faaw.org.au/ There is still time to enrol! You won’t regret it!

By the way some of my posts on this site and my other sites will be being closed, and passworded, small samples may still be accessible but I have realised a greater need to protect this work, and share it in an environment where I can continue to practice my art through renumeration, which doesn’t really happen with my blog workspace. I will be going through the same process with my photographs. I was so eager to share, speak out, share my voice that I didn’t perhaps give this as much consideration as I should.  I am not paranoid, but I know I need to realise you really can’t trust cyberspace, it is a place of monsters and angels.

I will still blog of course, but it may end up being an invitation only blog at some stage. Thanks to all the creatives within my contacts will totally understand my position and support it I know, we all grapple with the best way to make use of the internet. Perhaps it is through more webinars ? More networking that leads to real outcomes for us all as artists, and not just being a voice calling out in the wilderness of blogs and plethora of online communities.

What I appreciate most about blogs, and all these spaces where I have worked, has been the development of real contacts amongst artists/writers who practice the art of daily writing, and want to extend their work and develop it. I have real respect for those who share their art, and push onwards ever hopeful, affirming, and communicating.


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