Light’s Leviathan

Lucia Tyson ©

Lights Leviathan

“In every age and cycle He hath, through the splendorous light shed by the Manifestations of His wondrous Essence, recreated all things, so that whatsoever reflecteth in the heavens and on the earth the signs of His glory may not be deprived of the outpourings of His mercy, nor despair of the showers of His favors. How all-encompassing are the wonders of His boundless grace!”

Bahá’u’lláh, Gleanings from the Writings of Baha’u’llah

Outpourings in darkness
                       soul frames longing
                         lost, lassoing,
                            looking 
                                twisting twirling
                                      torrential
                                               light.

Thoughts into action
                  flight away from fancy
                   focus 
                    flowing
                     freedom 
                        singing rungs to
                                         heaven.

Ripple rising 
        through the water
                 torch like
                  from torment, 
                      terrifying,
                         transforming into
                           tenacious
                                  hope's
                                     leviathan.


(c) Poem by June Perkins


Poem inspired by photograph and Gleaning from Nineteen Months

Diaspora WQ 275 Panel

(Pictured above: Sharon, Dimity and June)

Delighted to be on a panel with these two insightful women, Sharon Orapeleng, and Dimity Powell, to discuss the challenges and gifts of Diaspora to – community, writing, and publishing.

The session is fully booked out, and is happening before the Queensland Writer’s Centre, Christmas Party in a couple of weeks.

Sharon Orapeleng is a behavioral change expert and a mental health professional. Through Psyched Solutions Training and Consultancy – Sharon is on a journey to create a much more compassionate community that cares by embedding the African philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’’ – I am Because We Are, in all she does. A renowned speaker and community advocate, Sharon works with workplaces, businesses and communities delivering workshops on mental health awareness and wellbeing as well as facilitating cultural diversity conversations. She also works for the Queensland Government as a strategic policy and program lead for mental health community support programs delivered by non-government organisations.

Dimity Powell is the Managing Editor for Kids’ Book Review. Amongst her 30
published stories and six books are the recent Oswald Messweather (2021), and
the forthcoming This is My Dad (2022), Discover more at dimitypowell.com

June Paisa Perkins, author, poetry advocate, educator, and director of gumbootspearlz press, defines herself as a world citizen in the diaspora ocean whilst looking outwards from Brisbane. She has edited two community collections themed Cassowary Coast and recovery from cyclones, and independently published two poetry collections. WQ 275 is her first commissioned editing position.
@gumbootspearlz.

A huge thank you to the Queensland Writers Centre for their support of Diverse communities.

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

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