International Women’s Day; pen portraits, poetry, posts past

Wishing you a happy International Women’s Day.  Wishing you strength in your quests to empower women.

Enjoy!

Weaving Sunset A poem.

Poetry of Mahvash Sabet  A review of a poet rising above her situation of being a religious conscience prisoner.

Empowerment of Women A reflection.

It’s all in the Sidetracks When I first met Jennifer Martiniello.

Aboriginal Women’s Writing An overview of Indigenous Australian Women Writers using the power of writing.

Dreamtime Tea A memory of a friendship with a Japanese Lady in Townsville

Lani Wendt Young Attending a book launch of a Pasifika writer in Brisbane

Purple Tips  A poem.

Mother Made it So A tribute to my Mum.

 

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Let’s Go Find the Women History Hides

Following the Crow Song

19060108_10211924738286748_4037967534773894514_nLast weekend Jackie French mesmerised and intrigued Booklinks members and the public by speaking about the women history hides to raise money for an upcoming Symposium on literature and writing centres.  This is my account of listening to her talk.

It was a shocking morning, hearing all about stabbings in London.  I could scarcely keep the tears from rolling down my face.  Oh what are we doing – humanity?  I wasn’t sure if I could leave the house, and if just a day of meditation and prayers, or a solitary walk in nature, might be the way to go.   That’s my sensitive poet’s heart; I am sure a lot of other’s people’s hearts were breaking too.

But I gave myself a stern talking to, Jackie French one of my all time favourite authors was in town, and was going to give a talk.  ‘Get on that bus June and go be with…

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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

In Faith

Wrote this poem for Tahirih, one of the letters of the living, many years ago

World Citizen Dreaming

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For Tahirih the poetess

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.

(c) June Perkins

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Here is a Feather

To continue the theme of women’s empowerment here is a poem from the Ripple Poetry site.

Ripple Poetry

Here is a feather for flight
To strengthen your wings
To put the world right

Take this peace feather
For all of life’s weather
Add to it
more for your wings.

Who are the women you treasure?
Who helped you into the sky?

Speak to them, pray for them,
Work with them
Strengthen them then,

Give them a feather of peace.
Give them a feather of joy.

Give them a feather for flight.

(c) June Perkins, all rights reserved.

Written for International Women’s Day.

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