The World is Singin’ its Blues

Seems strangely apt for present times.

World Citizen Dreaming

guitarboy2 Guitar Boy by June Perkins

The world is singin’ its blues
askin’ for a bit of time to heal
askin’ why it’s so hard to feel
that nothin’ we do is gonna make
peace be real

askin’ for a DJ who understands
the need for peace
who can give us some
musical release
to bleed out the fears
dress them in a mother’s tears

The world is ringin’ out its questions
why, oh why’s a piece of land
or your religion
something to kill or die for
and why are people so quick
to tie their fate to
those noose of hate?

askin’ for a DJ who can change the down beat
into an upbeat
bring some kind of optimism into play
dress that sorrow
in a technicolour tomorrow

The world is singin’ its blues
askin’ for a bit of time to heal
askin’ why it’s so hard to feel

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Joining International Ridvan Celebrations

It was so delightful to be part of the You Tube Ridvan is Everywhere Celebrations online.  And a great honour to be the epigrammatic beginning to day 7 with a brand new never before shared poem.  This poem is now being included in the next issue of Tokens. "The “Is Everywhere” Collective, which brought us this … Continue reading Joining International Ridvan Celebrations

Dust Jacket, Illuminations

The first supply of hard cover Illuminations is arriving Tuesday and is almost sold out, so now taking orders for a second one. If you want the hard cover, dust cover jacket version in Australia, please let me know and I will start to take some orders for that now. 😉 UK and US you can … Continue reading Dust Jacket, Illuminations

Celebrating new books in troublesome times 11: June Perkins

Delighted to guest on Sophie Masson’s blog.

Feathers of the Firebird

Today, I’m delighted to welcome June Perkins to my blog. June’s new book, Illuminations, which is a collaboration between her as a writer and illustrators Ruha and Minaira Fifita, comes out early next month, and in this guest post, June writes about the process of creating Hope, one of the poems from the collection, which is reproduced below.

Writing ‘Hope’ for Illuminations – June Perkins

My poem ‘Hope’ is a speculative imagining of how Emily Dickinson would respond to Cyclone Yasi if she had been a poet based in Far North Queensland and draws particular inspiration from her work 314, often titled ‘Hope’ although she didn’t give it a title.

I first heard of  Dickinson from a vinyl record, Parsley, Sage Rosemary and Thyme by Simon and Garfunkel, the song was’ The Dangling Conversation’ And yet it was years before I took the time to learn more about her…

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A Poetry Collection for Isolated Times

  This collection of poetry is launching on facebook tomorrow!  I am delighted to be included in this work.  I have a collection  Illuminations launching in June and will share more details on that soon!   From the Red Room Company - website What is a poet without an audience? What is a new book … Continue reading A Poetry Collection for Isolated Times