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Illuminations featured at Panacea Poets

A huge thank you to the Queensland Poetry Festival team for the invitation to be part of Panacea Poets.

In Panacea Poets, Queensland Poetry Festival administers a twice-weekly booster of short readings from wonderful poets via their youtube channel.

QPF will deliver these soothing doses of poets-in-iso indefinitely.

It is such a great honour to be part of a project to apply the bird of poetry to the experience of the Pandemic, and to maybe inspire listeners to draw on their strengths and optimism.

So many esteemed and inspiring poets – Kirli Saunders, Stuart Barnes, Charmaine Papertalk Green to name just a few, do check out the playlist! I’ll share a few of my faves from time to time!

Here is my reading!

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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 wonderful online Naw-Ruz celebration, is celebrating the Festival of Ridvan! They are excited to provide family-friendly programming for all 12 days of Ridvan and this video features their program celebrating the 7th day of Ridvan.

The Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Los Angeles (USA) is sponsoring special program for the 1st, 9th and 12th days of Ridvan but every day in between features videos sharing poetry, storytelling, music, art, dancing, cooking, and crafting—all by friends from across the world! 

You’ll find the playlist for Ridvan Is Everywhere here on YouTube. You can also subscribe to their YouTube channel for updates.”

(Cited from Baha’i Blog)

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Reading of ‘The Common Ground’

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Readings for Families at Home

Some readings of poetry!

Magic Fish Dreaming

To all the wonderful families visiting this site I am sharing some readings of my poetry to assist you in your homeschooling.  Consider them a small personal author visit.

I am putting up some of these readings not just here, but on Instagram.

If you are stuck inside or in the city, these poems will take you to the great outdoors.

If you have never been to Far North Queensland, they may give you a sense of that beautiful place.

These are recorded on my phone or by my laptop from home.  So enjoy!

I will let you know if there are any online workshops as well.

If you would like to order the book, of course you can as post offices are open and I will package it up and send it out, but most of all be safe, be kind and see you on the other side of…

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As One Soul

June Perkins ©

“Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest.”
-Bahá’u’lláh The Hidden Words

For More visit Nineteen Months

For Edward

June pictured with Noel and Edward Broomhall, 2010

Dear childhood art teacher, family friend,

Comforter to many, artist, servant of humanity, believer in the oneness of humanity and unity in diversity.

Remembering your house full of paper and art materials, a rocking horse, and more wonders, of ideas, people, and creative souls, wonderful books, comics, art, photographs and portraits.

Inspirer of my life long appreciation of art.

You and Noel made a place to create, imagine and connect, with many meetings of people from all over the world, including my parents.

Wonderful Broomhall children, forever in my heart, a mini united nations.

Much love to Noel and the children.

And as for Edward M J Broomhall I am sure he is dancing and smiling down at us all in the next world and reunited with old friends, Eve and Dagmar, Ron, my brother Bill, Justin and many more !

This separation from Noel, his beloved will seem but a small breath in eternity.

Very grateful to have known you, Ed and family.

June XXX

Edward passed away on the morning of the 10th of October, in the presence of his family.

An online livestream of the funeral was shared so that many friends and family unable to attend were able to be part of this occassion. His grandchildren presented the song, with trumpet and piano of ‘What a Wonderful World,’ which was followed by A beautiful story of Edward’s life told in his own words, and read by a presenter. Following this was the story of why Edward became a Baha’i. This was followed by a photo tribute of precious family and creative activities and one prayer from ʻAbdu’l-Bahá,

Many of us hope that Edward’s amazing story of a life well lived will one day become a book!

To read more about Edward Visit Humans of Launceston

Ask a Poet – At Ask an Author

It was such a highlight to have this wonderful chat with the effervescent Michelle Worthington, from Share Your Story

We tackled some cool questions from children about what it is like to be a poet!

There are many other inspiring interviews with other creatives, such as Candice Lemon Scott, Dannika Patterson, Karen Tyrell,  just to name a few,  so do check out Ask a Creative with Michelle

There are interviews with a clown, comedian, authors, illustrators and more!

Thank you Michelle for having me as a guest in this series.

Illuminations – interviews and guest blogs

Illuminations Interview on Baha’i Blog

Shaking Off the Dust

KBR Interview with Ruha and Minaira Fifita

June, Ruha and Minaira chat – Sound Cloud

SCBWI Announcing Illuminations New Work

Queensland Poetry Festival Panacea Poets Reading

Extract in anthology In Your Hands

Celebrating New Books in Troublesome Times Sophie Masson’s blog

Share Your Story Introduction of June Perkins Poet

Old Photographs

Every now and then photographs of my life that I have never seen before surface.

This one is of my highschool year 10 formal.

Elena, Richard, me, someone else I can’t remember her name, Leif, Caleb are in this row.

I remember my friend Justin said, let’s go as friends, and his Dad drove us both there.  He brought me a corsage.

I always thought of him like a brother.

Justin  was his name. At first it seems he is not in this picture.

Actually he is behind me.

Justin passed away at nineteen.  He drowned at a place called the Gorge.

I heard this news on the radio.

The dress I am wearing looks white, but it is actually lemon.

The heel on my shoes broke dancing that night.

They were happy times, and also challenging times.

Justin was there for me at many special times.

He treated me like a sister.

I have always wanted to write some stories based on highschool experiences, both challenging, and great.

But most of all to honour those friends who were like my brothers and sisters, and didn’t ever judge me for the colour of my skin.

Photographs like this inspire poems.

I will think about a poem for this photo !

June

How to Find Peace in a Pandemic

 

How are we all going to find peace in this pandemic?

That is a huge question.

 

Today the Premier  of Victoria said there is a long way to go.

We need a vaccine.

We need to deal with finding peace of mind to make it through the day.

 

What does the world need to find peace from this common foe?

 

Unity of effort to find the vaccine?

 

But beyond that discovery will be administration to share it

beyond that administration to share it will be

share it justly to all nations and

all walks of life.

 

People are panicking.

They want to say the covid19 is not real,

exagerrated, a conspiracy.

 

Should they take a trip to India

to Italy, to America

and walk another nations nightmare

for a dare.

 

They want to imagine we will build immunity

that after many deaths it will begin to roll away

and they think that we can shut all the borders and all will

be well … but this virus is tricky .. monstrous… persistent.

 

And in all the nations where the the death toll rises

and rises

those with a low death toll think they will escape

if they shut it all out.

 

They want to rescue their own economies.

They want to avoid their own recessions.

And nobody wants to live a life as if it is in a prison.

 

And strange things are happening, like mask fashion

like connecting people all over the world

to listen to fairytales

 

And still we wonder if we are not scientists

and medical researchers, what will role will we play

to keep the world going until the vaccine is found?

 

What will it take?

How will we not break into

hysteria and vain imaginations

that the world can be disconnected to win this fight?

 

And we must win it!

We must strive.

We cannot see this

become humanity’s demise.

 

Until then –

 

I visit photographs to take me

all the places   where

I can  find    peace.

 

June XXX

 

Poetry in the Every Day

 

Tread lightly

walk in softness

 

Photographs whilst walking

become source of reflection

inspiration and care on

days when I can’t walk.

 

Thread lightly

memories only a few days old

 

This feather nestled in

the surrounds of the park

a moment of grace

saying ‘stop and be with me’

 

Today my heels are in a  sorry state,

covered in antiseptic cream

band aids and slippers

and  still I can hardly tread

on ground.

 

So this what the little mermaid

meant when she said

‘I walk in pain.’

 

I must be content with scrolling

through the beauty  of my last walk in

nature

just down the street.

 

Move lightly

swim in softness

 

So near and yet so far.

This soft feather a solace.

 

Move lightly

become softness.

 

And mystery is a feather

discovering its poetry.

 

(c) June Perkins