Category Archives: Ongoing World Poetry Events

World Poetry Vancouver and New Westminster, BC ongoing events.

World Poetry Celebrates Herb Bryce and Ernie Krivda!

 

*A tribute to the passing of Prof. Atukwei Okai (photo) by Oswald George Okaitei.*

Ariadne’s Notes: The World Poetry Café Radio, August 2, CFRO 100.5 FM   welcomed poet  Herb Bryce from Canada at 1:10 PM, PST and Ernie Krivda (feature coming)  from the US at 1:30 PM, PST. Also featured was Kathleen Ward, the award winning poet from the Lincoln  Poetry Club,  one of our new partners. A wonderful opening poem by Prof. Atukwei Okai  who was one of the greatest poets in Ghana & Africa.  A tribute poem to him was written by the World Poetry Theatre Director Oswald George Okaitei.

The show included the debut of World Poetry Director Vani Pradeep with her inspirational piece on the value of silence.  She will be on every month with a new inspiration and empowerment.

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H. W. Bryce is a former journalist and newspaper editor, book editor and teacher. He has been a traveller (kidnapped and robbed), and has worked as a courier and a farm hand. His writings have appeared in anthologies in the United States, in British Columbia, Canada, in the “Fifty-five Plus” annual directory, “Today’s Senior Magazine,” and “Bryce’s Blog for Seniors.” His work is also in several local anthologies.

He was recetnly the featured writer in the Royal City’s Word Play at Work magazine:
https://issuu.com/rclas/docs/february_2017_rclas_ezine

Previous features, and comic strips, have appeared in “The Daily Mirror Book for Boys,” and “…for Girls,” in London, England, where he worked as a book editor. He also plied his journalistic skills with a daily newspaper in Worthing, England.

Previously, in Canada, he worked at various newspapers in his home province of Saskatchewan, and at The Globe and Mail. Upon his return from his travels in Spain, Portugal, North Africa, the MiddleEast, etc., he signed on with The Hamilton Spectator.

He has a degree in English and Journalism from Western University in London, Ontario, Canada, as well as teacher’s certification from the University of Alberta.

Mr. Bryce, author of “Ann – A Tribute,” and “Chasing a Butterfly – A journey of love and loss to acceptance,” a book of poetry arising from his decade as care giver to his Alzheimer’s wife, writes from is home in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada. Https://www.facebook.com/herb.w.bryce

I see you there inside your broken shell,
I see your soul and what your eyes can tell,
And I will ring the bell proclaiming that you’re there
Still living, loving there inside your broken shell.

I know somehow that still you dare.
That somehow deeply still you care
For Life, there inside your broken shell,
And I will strive to tell the world
How wonderful a soul you are,
And just what you have given Life
And how much still you have to share,
Even now from there inside your broken shell.

I see true beauty lies there deep within, 2
And not upon the outer shell,
For outer beauty is so transient
And inner beauty is the very soul of love.
That beauty is the mirror of your love.

I see your broken body,
But I see your spirit shining through,
And how I do admire
How your love remains so true,
There, within your broken shell.

 Herb Bryce (all rights reserved)

World Poetry Celebrates the Lovely Poetess Michelle Merlindt !

 

 

 

 

 

Exquisite painting by Mirwais Janbaz which was in the World Poetry Peace and Human Rights Exhibit at the University of B.C. Vancouver, Canada. 

Ariadne’s Notes: On March 1, 1:10 -1:30 PM PST ,The World Poetry Café at CFRO, 100.5 FM  Welcomed the poetess Michelle Merlindt from the Gulf Islands with a beautiful recorded poem called The Pearl of Dubai which was one of several poems on two CD’s .  At 1:35, PM, PST the Children of Zion gave us a belated Black History Month Celebration with a variety of songs originating in Ghana.  Thanks to the World Poetry Team of Ariadne Sawyer, MA, Host and Producer, Victor Swartzman, Engineer and special volunteer, Sharon Rowe, and Victor Obosi who brought the band into the station also.

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Michelle Merlindt was born in a remote region of Australia and spent her childhood on a farm in the bush.  Since then she has lived in eight countries.  Due to her profession as a racehorse veterinarian, she spent thirteen years in Dubai where she first began to write and explore poetry.  Now settled in the Gulf Islands of Canada she continues to pursue spoken word poetry in charming old-fashioned rhyme as a means of storytelling.  Like a little piece of chocolate for the imagination, her poems are meant to delight the listener.  Since she loves history and overlooked fragments of culture, each of her poems, set in a faraway land, is like a magical voyage to another time and place.

 

 

On her website michellemerlindt.com she writes a blog in which she discusses the inspiration behind her stories.

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Universal Day of Children!

Ariadne’s Notes: Just got a call this morning from our wonderful human rights and advocate Alaha Ahrar. She was our first director a number of years ago.

This proclamation is important. The children and youth are the leaders of the future. We need to empower and believe in them, band together to bring projects of hope and inspiration that creates success for them.  World Poetry Canada International calls for all our 10,000 participants to come together individually and collectively for the precious children of the world.

JUSTICE FOR ALL CHILDREN by Alaha Ahrar.

Alaha with World Poetry medal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JUSTICE FOR ALL CHILDREN

Today, November 20th, is the Universal Day of Children!! How wonderful and lovely, but I wish the United Nations showed some practical actions in support of refugee children as well. If refugee children are also included, then this day would have a real meaning and would be very appropriate for all children, but how? Some children have privileges that others are unable to afford or are denied including their basic human needs and rights. The weather is getting colder day by day, but some children have no support.

* Happy Children’s Day to all children around the world!

* All children are sweet and lovely regardless of their immigration status, race, religion, tongue and region, abilities and disabilities.

* All children should be treated the same regardless of the amount of wealth their parents have in their bank accounts.

* All children should be loved and cared for the same, regardless of whether their parents are around to nurture them.

* All children should be supported the same. Instead of calling them orphans of war, everyone should create a garden of care for each one of them.

* No child should be punished or called irresponsible for not having anyone to teach him/her manners.

* No child should be discriminated against based on the level of the poverty that they live in now, whether with their parents or without their parents.

* All children should be given equal attention regardless of the level of their intelligence.

* All children must be treated the same way regardless of not having supportive families, cute clothes and beautiful looks.

* All children should have access to the same amount of water and food to survive on a daily basis.

*All children must be protected from all predators, all kinds of abuses including emotional and physical violence.

 * All Children must have adequate clothes for each season.

* Everyone should help to protect children and make it a safer environment for them to grow up peacefully because children are the future of this world.

* All children must live under a roof because all children’s bodies are the same. The homeless, displaced and refugees, children’s bodies also cannot tolerate the intensity of this cold weather.

Are we still proud of ourselves? Are we satisfied with the knowledge that we have about the needs and violations of the rights of the refugee children? Do we know enough to help other children in need of food, clothes and shelter? Have we done anything to support at least one child in our life-time.

 

 By Alaha Ahrar, Human Rights Activist, Community Development Advocate-FACETS,Board of Directors,Afghan Women’s Writing Project

Director of Media and Publication Afghan-American Women’s Association (A-AWA) &The Director of International World Poetry, Youth Team Canada.

*** Children’s Day is a day recognized to celebrate children. The day is celebrated on various calendar dates in different countries. Children’s Day was begun on the second Sunday of June in 1856 by Reverend Dr. Charles Leonard, pastor of the Universalist Church of the Redeemer in Chelsea, Massachusetts: Dr. Leonard held a special service dedicated to, and for the children. Dr. Leonard named the day Rose Day, though it was later named Flower Sunday, and then Children’s Day. Source: Wikipedia.