The Poet at Play 2 – ‘Dream’ in many languages

Ripple Poetry

I was writing a poem today, and wanted to name a character.

For inspiration I looked at an old poem of mine, and borrowed its structure, but then the poem soon had a life of its own.  Sorry can’t tell you which one, as it is top secret.

I decided that I wanted the character’s name to be significant to the topic.

Perhaps ‘Dream’ in another language would be appropriate, so I found a website to help me.

It has so many beautiful sounding words for DREAM.

Here are some of the words for dream that also seem to me like wonderful names.

There is something so musical about them.

You can find the language they are from by visiting the link  IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES


The other thing that I find inspires poems are things of beauty I see, like the tree image shared for this…

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Some Dreaming


The thing is wherever you are, whatever your cultures, it’s always wonderful to have a dream.

Three years ago I was given the opportunity to receive some audio recordist sound training on this ABC Open video.

Children are so honest and imaginative when they share their dreams.

We were all a little surprised when one of the children said ‘I want to grow up to be a robber,’ but you know he was thinking perhaps of Robin Hood, and it says a lot for how much the media portray ‘good robbers.’

It was wonderful to see the beauty of some of these dreams, and who knows many by just voicing that dream may have it come through.

It would be wonderful to do this video again many years from now and see what happened!

I think I called my planned book ‘Magic Fish Dreaming’ thinking of all the children in the world, whatever their background and their human right to dream.

Boys can be more, they can be heroes in a new way.’: Miracle Monday 6

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First Day at School – June Perkins

This week my Mum was sad because her niece lost her son and it brought many sad memories back for her of the loss of one of her son’s, one of my brothers.

It always saddens me to think of the lost potential, especially of young men who feel disenfranchised, lost and who start to do high risk things that ultimately lead to their death.

This week I am particularly thinking of young men who hurt themselves, and or hurt people close to them and who just don’t think through consequences. Add to this a mix of illegal and legal substances that further alter the capacity to make rational and reasoned decisions and you have a lethal road to nowhere fast.

These young men become the sad memories, the accused of crimes, the source of pain to their families and communities – and this week you see it clearly portrayed in the media.  It’s there in United Nations reports where men turn on their own communities and especially the women and children and subject them to violence. The fall out of their actions brings sorrow to victims of their decisions, and to their own families. What is the back story? How does it end up this way?

Is it being bullied, bullying, subjection to prejudice,  mental illness, lack of opportunity, racism, having to fight in wars, lack of employment,  being abused by others and never having justice or treatment, lack of spirituality?

As a mother of two sons I want to be someone whose sons never intentionally hurt others, who make decisions that empower their own lives, and their sons and daughters if they should have them. I want them to have a realisation of the miracle of their own existence, and a connection to people who care and empower them.

I want to balance protection, with giving them the opportunity to develop decision making powers of their own – to be able to fly into their futures.

I don’t blame mums for all the problems of their sons, some sons are just going to do what they will, whatever anyone says, but I also don’t think Mums are powerless. We can raise that next generation through our example and our expectations for them.

No more saying ‘boys will be boys,’ but ‘boys can be more, they can be heroes in a new way.’

Anyway back to my Mum, I felt for her sorrow and wanted to cheer her up. My youngest son rang her to let her know of his wonderful week at school, in music and mathematics. I hope that he cheered her up. There are boys we hope, pray, actively raise and dream up to be heroes in a new way.

Today I acknowledge the miracle of life, and honour the role of mothers and communities to raise sons/young men who will nurture the next generation and themselves.

I thank all of those people who have so far played a role in honouring and bringing out the spirituality of my sons, family, friends, teachers and community.  Keep on, keeping on, and let’s hope that there are better futures for our boys.

I dedicate the raising of my sons to my Mum and Dad.  I dedicate it also to their children and my community.

For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, check out Patrick Stewart’s Speech.  Now that’s inspirational!  We can stop the cycle.

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Nurturing session for a young man – June Perkins

Follow the Road to your Dreams

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I love those inspiring affirmations people share on facebook and in beautifully made art cards.

They mean much more to me than arbitrary zodiac readings.

They are popular amongst many of my friends to post on, share or like.  They seem less artificial than some status statements.

Perhaps in passing them on we know someone will read something they need to make their life just a little easier to understand.

Thanks to  Noetic Alchemy and to Positive Inspirational Quotes for the joy you bring to so many.

Here is my little offering to dreamers everywhere.

(c) June Perkins, all rights reserved.