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

 

 

Diamonds Unseen

Pearlz Dreaming

Twigs ‘neath Nightingale’s song await the morning sun.
As dew drop diamonds’ unseen glimmer anticipates the dawn.
Waving leaves dance on breezes, revelers in the heavenly song,
Gathered there on the Tree of Eternity to carry the Glory on.

By Leonard Ericks

In response to Art Prompt of Illuminations launch.

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Back on the Novel Bus!

I’ve been so busy with all things book production and launch.

I’ve been delighted to be part of the Red Room Poetry and Queensland Poetry Festival projects.   And to finish production on Illuminations.

I’ve put in several grant and fellowship applications to do my best to make this writing life more sustainable.  There’s been a few knock backs, but I get back up and keep going.  Thanks so much to everyone who has been writing letters of support.  You are all awesome!  We keep getting surprise grants, and the only thing wrong with this is you do not have long to put applications together.

My poor novel had taken a back seat. The last couple of weeks has changed that. I began to revise my novel.  And now have nearly 50 pages I am happy with.  I am going to do more work on it today and am feeling so happy with the direction it is going.   This picture is a small hint of what the novel might be about…

I was so inspired by our beloved Guinea Pig, Buttercream who has been starring on my instagram lately, that last night I wrote the beginnings of a new picture book idea.

Recently I visited IN PERSON my dear friend Helene Magisson and met her pet chickens. Helene has her first solo book out!  HOORAY!

More on that in another post.  I really must get a photograph of the chickens!  They were adorable.  I was so relieved to see a friend NOT ON ZOOM.  Don’t get me wrong, zoom is amazing, but I am so tired of not seeing friends in real space!  How about you?  How is the pandemic treating you?

 

Here’s a special pic, in the early days of us being friends.  So, happy for my dear friend on her book.  And so happy to be part of the kids lit community of Australia.  They are so welcoming, inclusive, and kind.

I so hope I have some success with grants and applications soon.  Working so hard, and definitely into the swing of story writing.  I’ve also been enjoying observing the block and taking photographs of things, like pirate stickers on windows, tiny flip flops stuck in trees, and cars being renovated, not to mention all the beautiful vibrant plants of Brisbane.

Anyway that’s all from my blog for now.  Thinking of everyone in America and also my family and friends separated by border restrictions all over Australia.

We love you Victoria!

Well that’s all for now.  Keep well.

 

Love, June XXX

 

 

After Yasi, Finding the Smile Within

It will soon be the ten year anniversary of Cyclone Yasi. Thinking back to that time is bitter sweet. It was a challenging time, with visual evidence of the destruction all around us, but also a beautiful time of community rebuilding and connection which we will never ever forget.

Magic Fish Dreaming

I recently received a lovely email informing me a Queensland school library informing me had purchased  After Yasi, finding the Smile Within and the teacher librarian wanted to make the pdf of it available to their students and staff.

I was surprised as the book has been gently sitting there, and was produced for the community and only about 50 of these books exist ( it is print on demand) and it hasn’t had an order for sometime.  It was really sad last year that ABC Open where many of the photographs and stories from the cyclone no longer exists and most of the material produced by them is no longer freely available.

I archived all of my posts and videos that I could and have them on my blog and vimeo.

Interestingly next year cyclone Yasi, is coming up to its ten year anniversary.   Last year I was interviewed…

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We Cannot Foresee

(c) Image June Perkins

“We cannot possibly foresee, standing as we do on the threshold of Bahá’í culture, what forms and characteristics the arts of the future, inspired by this Mighty New Revelation, will have. All we can be sure of is that they will be wonderful; as every Faith has given rise to a culture which flowered in different forms, so too our beloved Faith may be expected to do the same thing. It is premature to try and grasp what they will be at present.”


-From a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to an individual believer, December 23, 1942

For more inspirations see Nineteen Months