I Choose Love

Dedicated to all those
who visited my facebook wall this week

I choose love, not hate;
I hear Martin Luther King knocking at the door.

I choose poetry, deny so called fate
I hear so many poets as they roar.

Maya Angelou says, ‘be the rainbow
in someone else’s cloud.’

I am a rainbow and I forgive, but still call
for injustice to be ploughed.

Mahatma Ghandi shows people how to resist
with non violence, so I wage peace not war;
I don’t wait for it to come knocking at the door.

I read ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Paris Talks
and picture when he brings Louis Gregory to the table
and makes acceptance more than a fable.

Actions always speak louder than words
but words have power
that can be absurd
or turn humanity into
a soaring bird.

I choose for my children
more than debate.

May they educate
illuminate, radiate then eradicate
prejudice forevermore.

I dream we’ll walk through unity’s gate.

June Perkins

 

 

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My family in the seventies

I spent this week having discussions in my facebook space about racism and prejudice and what we can do about it.

It began with this:

After watching Q&A this week I am utterly convinced that Australia as a nation has to actively once and for all truly confront and end ignorance, fear and racism against multiple cultures, its Indigenous peoples, and ‘non-Christian’ religions, with love, friendship, community building and education.

We are truly a multicultural nation, a multi-faith nation and it is something to support not pull down as the cause of terrorism. I choose not pickets and placards, or reacting to haters, but instead the courage of intelligent everyday conversations,friendships, educating my children to love all peoples, to unify all peoples and the power of poetry. I choose love.

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The Young Me – It wasn’t always easy growing up in Australia but this is a happy memory – hands covered in sand!  This was taken by Edward Broomhall.

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Another day, another media commentary and now Waleed Aly and the Project say ‪#‎sendforgivenessviral‬ and start ‘construction’ not ‘destruction’ We need love and justice too and people showing true friendship.‪#‎ichooselove‬

We need to think about what fuels fear – things like ignorance, envy, systematic social injustice, inequity, a focus too much on differences and not enough on that which unifies us all. Forgiveness might be a first step for some but we have to go further to get to the ‘construct’ moments.https://www.facebook.com/TheProjectTV/videos/10153760912218441/

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Just had a lovely prayer session with Nancy. Renewed strength for the week ahead. Thought of all our friends with illness, tests of various kinds, and of course just the world in general after all the unrest.

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I decided to pose these two questions:

What fuels ‘fear’? What enhances ‘connection’ and ‘unity’? (for anyone who would like to discuss this)

16 reactions: seven thoughtful responses  some likes

My response to what people posted on my wall:

There are many things that fuel fear as people have said, and there are many good points here. They point in many ways to the things we can do to overcome it. Arm ourselves with knowledge, broaden our experience so one experience is not all we base a decision on, keep working on our own development as human beings, change what we can in our lives and be detached about what we can’t change.

I love the suggestions here about how to build unity – work on something positive with others, make sure our information sources are trustworthy, find the points of connection, have some common goals, broaden and deepen our knowledge maybe about cultures, religion, experiences others have to go through, develop sympathy – wow so much of it is based around the development of ‘virtues’ and of course I would add LOVE others, love and don’t fear, the diversity, the challenge, the connection, the differences.

We need to be having conversations about to how to support women in Australia and the world and how to create true equality. Perhaps many of the same things apply to this as apply to dealing with prejudices and racism. But no one challenge is more important than the other, and sometimes the cause of the problems might even be the same. Imagine too, where you experience multiple prejudices, racism, sexism and Class (poverty) and think about how all of that might compound. we should be having conversations about to how to support women in Australia and the world and how to create true equality.

Perhaps many of the same things apply to this as apply to dealing with prejudices and racism. But no one challenge is more important than the other, and sometimes the cause of the problems might even be the same. Imagine too, where you experience multiple prejudices, racism, sexism and Class (poverty) and think about how all of that might compound.

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18 likes to the above quote and 2 shares.

My final response:

A very big thank you to everyone who has been contributing to the discussions here, for your compassion, sensitivity and intelligence. You all give me hope, especially those of you who have welcomed into your families and neighbourhoods, diversity and who are patient, kind, forgiving, but also want to see real change. Keep the discussions going with those around you for the sake of our future generations and let’s all think about concrete everyday actions to make our world a better place.

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I Wish I Could Walk A Mile In Your Shoes

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From Maya Angelou Facebook Page.

I wish I could walk a mile in your shoes
See all the sights you have seen
Watch life from the confines of your eyes
Taste the fuel that fueled your pen

I wish I could walk a mile in your shoes
To understand your mind
How you thought
Why you believed so strongly in revolution
Why you were such an inspiration to all that hear your voice
You see these shoes
Tell the story of your life

And they are big shoes to fill
As they possess so much knowledge
The remains of a creative soul
That has edged her mark in history’s page as the literary legend
Or the poetic superwoman

My brain cannot posses the amount of knowledge these shoes entail
For example being a black poet in a time were civil unrest was a “hot” topic
and the caged bird was singing freedom at the height of the unrest
That poem gave them hope and something to believe in

I wish I could walk a mile in your shoes
Those shoes that tell a story
And a wonderful tale of your life
By tying the laces
I have accepted the challenge
To walk the path you have created
Miss Maya Angelou

(c) La Shawna Griffith 2015

You can find La Shawna at her website HERE and you can find her on FACEBOOK HERE

From La Shawna’s Website

La Shawna Griffith is an emerging poet who was born and resides in Barbados. She is twenty one years of age and a final year University Student completing her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. She truly loves writing pieces to promote change in the world. Her goal is to become a voice for the voiceless, a hope and an inspiration.

Why is this? Due to La Shawna aspiring to be a great literary legend like her idol and role model Miss Maya Angelou who was a phenomenal poet and revolutionary and it is no surprise that La Shawna’s favorite poem by her is “I know The Caged Bird Sings”

What does poetry mean to her ? She states clearly:

“Poetry is my diary … and it is a book that can never be filled …
La Shawna considers herself a social poet as she writes pieces which are currently happening in the world today as her mission is to educate and also highlight some of the problems that are happening in our world today.

This drive and passion lead her to the creation of her book of poetry entitled La Shawna- Unlock The Door which is available on Kindle and Amazon Stores.

When asked about her book she stated “My book is allowing you to unlock the door to see inside of me, the way I think and analyze the world. Thus, I am allowing you to come on this journey with me as we unlock the door to a new horizon.”

Alphabet Father and Son

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(c) June Perkins

Version 1.
Alphabet father and son
pram wheels in late afternoon sun
symbols of something
the poet thinks
– transfigured new age men.

Robed in garments
peace and love
beaming letters of transforming light
into actions of their might
– to guide generations on their way.

Version 2.

Alphabet father and son
pram wheels in late afternoon breeze
symbols of something
perhaps they’re keys
– transfigured new age men.

Robed in garments
peace and love
beaming their transforming light
beyond letters to words
past words and ideas
guiding generations into
-actions of might

Version 3.
Alphabet father and son
late afternoon pram trips are such fun
symbols of something
the poet thinks
– transfigured new age men.

Robed in garments
of virtues gifts
beaming letters transforming light
into the flight of a peace dove
– to guide generations on their way.

(c) June Perkins

This poem may develop further or into series. There is so much discussion of domestic violence at the moment and what may stop it. I think of heroes like Rosie Batty who are bringing it into the spotlight of the media with their tireless work

Sometimes I see signs of change – little seeds where there is no violence, only love. There’s a place for fathers, husbands, brothers, mothers, sisters, and children, to move beyond old habits and embrace a world that will be free from violence.

Sometimes it begins with the simplest transfigurations.

I am tossing up between several versions of this poem. Above are three of them.

Which one do you like best?

One Leaf

One leaf
can break a branch.
One discovery can make flight.
One drop can stop a drought.
One brick can make a wall.
One wall can make a house.
One act can save a life.
One voice can change a song.
One person can change the world.

Ben, From Feluga’s Fabulous Fourteen.

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Leaf Life – June Perkins

I love the optimism of the young.  This poem was written during Ripple and then shared in the Feluga Fabulous Fourteen Writing Anthology.  It has been slightly edited before web publication here.