Legacy

What will be the legacy of those we leave behind?

Will we ever know the impacts we have made?

Will we wonder from beyond?

Will we see clearly the trail of the heart of stars?

What will be the dreams we will fulfil that guided us through trials?

What will be the metaphor to stop us and make us think?

What will be the strands that link to make us deeply aware of all our parents did for us?

What will be the memories of my mother and mothering?

What will I continue and what will I transform?

What will be the meaning of the grass skirt wrapped in a blanket?

Will my daughter remember the dance my mother taught her that she never taught to me?

Will my sons ensure that their generation make two wings of the equality bird flap together?

Will they read poetry and love art for the rest of their days?

What will be the story they reform?

What will be the memories my children have of me?

(c) June Perkins

Daily journaling to explore topic of motherhood and legacy.

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

Burn ye away the veils

June Perkins ©

“Burn ye away the veils with the fire of My love, and dispel ye the mists of vain imaginings by the power of this Name through which We have subdued the entire creation.”
-Bahá’u’lláh, The Kitab-i-Aqdas

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Creation 
1

Liquefy leaves into 
    a vision 
          
   green circles.
                 
Understand 
                veils 
                 can be 
                                        spirited away, so
         
       insight becomes a question

            What does the prayer's music
                     say?


2

 Eyes taste
             lime circles 
             once eaten with 
             (now passed away) friends.
               
Fingers slip through
              splintered fringes 
               of
              reality
                     blazing 
       in the here and now
             
        transforming 
                       flames.

  
(c) June Perkins

Be a Breath . . .

Thinking of the world ills.

Afghanistan, Haiti, New South Wales, Victoria.

Offering a prayer, turning into actions.

Writing poems and stories striving to find the universal in the particular.

Thinking any of us with the privilege of peace and choice, and health,

can to be thankful and helpful to all we can.

Peace.

June

(c) June Perkins

Be a lamp unto those who walk in darkness,

and a home to the stranger.

Be eyes to the blind,

and a guiding light unto the feet of the erring.

Be a breath of life to the body of humankind,

a dew to the soil of the human heart,

and a fruit upon the tree of humility.

Baha’i Prayer

The Divine Call

(c) June Perkins, Brisbane, Australia

“Thank thou God that thou hast stepped into the arena of existence in such a blessed Age and hast opened thine ears and thine eyes in such a Promised Day. The Splendor of the Sun of Truth thou hast beheld and the divine Call thou hast heard. To thine ultimate desire thou hast attained and from the sweetness of the love of God thou hast tasted.”
-‘Abdu’l-Baha, Tablets of Abdu’l-Baha, p. 538 

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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

 

Seaspray17: Ocean Photography & Haiku Poetry – Review

Seaspray 17: Ocean photography and Haiku Poetry, (2019) Poetry by Dannika Patterson and photography by Kian Bates. (Morningstar Books, Capalaba) ISBN 9780648577805, 38 pages, landscape, RRP $30.00

Looking for something to dive into this weekend, to just take your mind off the current state of the world, and imagine, transform and connect with nature, then Seaspray 17 may be just your thing.  First, I want to share a little about its two creators, Dannika Patterson and Kian Bates.

Dannika Patterson

Dannika Patterson, the poet is an author, copywriter and marketing consultant, who in the last few years has published five books for children with two of these celebrating a love of nature, outdoor play, and imagination, Jacaranda Magic (2018) and Scribbly Gum Secrets (2020).

In 2019, she collaborated to create a coffee table, photography and Haiku poetry book, Seaspray 17: Ocean photography with Haiku Poetry, with Kian Bates, a photographer from New South Wales with a passion for the ocean. Kian co-owns Raw Edge photography and takes workshops where he teaches others photography.

Kian Bates at Work

Seaspray 17 whilst still as suitable for children as other Patterson works, due to the playfulness and beauty of some of the images, and language,  appeals more broadly to people of any age concerned with the passing of time and the protection of the environment. Photographs are commonly used for non-fiction works for children, but this is not a straightforward non-fiction book dealing with the ocean, but rather a series of artistic photographs capturing the imagination and artistry that is the ocean.

Haiku is an astute marketing choice, because it is commonly studied in school, however it is still a highly relevant choice because this ancient Japanese poetry form often features epiphanies for existence, time, and connection in nature and ensures that Patterson’s ongoing interest and love of nature is expressed in a form that is renowned and well suited to that purpose.

The overall approach of the book is more akin to Haiga, where image and text work together, although traditionally this would have been through ink and watercolour and in this work it is through artistic photography. This adds to the attractiveness of the collection, because the photographs and text elevate each other, and intertwine to make new meanings.

Four of the haiku that I particularly enjoy are ‘Mr Greenback,’ for its direct informal first creature address of the turtle to us the reader asking for us to change our ways for the turtle . . .

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. . . ‘Mermaid Musings’ for its imaginative quality of the in-between spaces both physically, emotionally and spiritually and ‘With You’ and ‘Your Lead’ a dramatic double spread black and white of a mum and calf,  accompanied by one haiku from the perspective of the mum, and the other the perspective of the calf.  It is just stunning.

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Copyright Raw Edge photography and Dannika Patterson, used with their permission

There are several haiku that play with the sense of time, and the capturing of a moment in time that will soon be gone. Of these my favourite would be ‘Roar’, where the photograph and words match beautifully and playfully.  I’ll leave you a bit of mystery with this one, and encourage you to purchase the book to see why.

For language, the playfulness of ‘Dive Jive’ is pleasing to the ear.

Shake, rattle and roll
jiving, alive and thriving
rock on, reef, rock on
(The Dive Jive, by Dannika Patterson)

Bates’s photographic imagery, is often focused on the wave, as well as what is within it, which gives the book a universal applicability to anyone living by and interacting with the sea.  Those familiar with Australia’s  NSW coastlines might identify specific Australian coastal geography like in ‘Freeze Frame.’ Small titles to the photographs add another layer into the meaning the reader can take away.  For example one poem, ‘Wild and Free’ the title of the image is ‘triceratops.’

‘Triceratops’, Copyright Raw Edge photography, Copyright Raw Edge photography and Dannika Patterson, used with their permission

Most of these poems work best alongside the images, as they use the economy of expression that a skilled writer for children is often adept at, leaving space to the image to communicate and expand upon the words. The works within Seaspray17 invite the reader to engage not only with the ocean and its creatures but time itself.

Bates and Patterson convey that the ocean needs to be more than a source of a muse, it’s something we can fiercely protect as a mother would a child, or a lion would its pride.

The imagery, photographic and verbal, is gentle, playful, fantastical and, full of light and quiet optimism that the reader will choose to become a guardian of nature.

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Teacher’s notes are available for this book and many of the images as well as the book can be purchased from Raw Edge photography.

You can purchase from the Raw Edge Website

And also from Dannika Patterson’s site