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More International Women’s Day Poems!



Ariadne’s Notes: On March 8, we had a amazing on air International Women’s Day Celebration on the World Poetry Café Radio Show, 1-2 PM , PST. with feature Alara Bretanne  and poems read by poets from several countries. I have posted them below  in the order that they were read and also want to thank Michael Collins from Australia for his poem which would be posted as a feature later.





She’s of Grit, Grace & Glamour; A shooting star! Comes from miles across as a blessing to earth & family. She is woman! Wish you a Wonderful Woman’s Day!

– Vani Pradeep, India, World Poetry Director . All rights reserved by author.






you become traces

of legendary heroines,

rekindle freedom.

you are a big tank

of powerful decision makers,

execute truth.

you, who veil inspiration to the warrior’s head,

she, woman under the sun,

be the defender

of birthing stars.

* ♥ ceri naz Phillipines, World Poetry Advisor. All rights reserved.

Sun’s star

( a tribute to all women of the world)







The Gradual Death of Vulnerable Afghan Women

The rights of women are high in the world, it is said,

but this privilege is mere words.

Women do not possess their own rights,

be it in the past or present, it is apparent.

To restore women’s rights, they all talk,

but except to win status, they take no actions.


O Afghan woman, strive to win your own rights!

Seek knowledge and be aware of your rights.

If you do not win your rights, who will give them to you?

How long will you be vulnerable? Fight for your rights!

A gradual death has given you this day.

If you want to be rescued, then be a fighter and fear nothing.

(Alaha) is the defender of the deprived Afghan women and their rights.

We share the pain of the women of the world. 


Alaha Ahrar (C)  Afghanistan, USA All rights reserved by author. * Note this poem was given permission for posting by Alaha Ahrar, World Poetry Youth and Women  Director.  




Working for women
is many times a scuffle
against the own mates
for wages or positions
in a sort of battlefield.

Equality means
that no one is superior
or deserves pover
for a specific sex,
but for a proven value.

The real feminism
doesn’t intends to destroy
men nor systems,
just a lasting injustice
oppressing the times and minds.

(Trabajar para las mujeres
es muchas veces una pelea
contra los propios compañeros
por salarios o puestos
en una especie de campo de batalla.

La igualdad significa
que nadie es superior
o merece poder
por un sexo concreto,
sino por su probada valía.

El auténtico feminismo
no pretende destruir
hombres ni sistemas,
sólo una injusticia duradera
que oprime los tiempos y las mentes.)

(Alfonso Pretel) All rights reserved by author.






World Poetry Celebrates the Talented ALARA BRETANNE!




Ariadne’s Notes:  Happy International Women’s Day! A special celebration with Alara Bretanne and e-poets: Vani Pradeep, India, Ceri Naz, Philippines and Alaha Ahrar, Afghanistan , US. 

Also included were Alfonso Pretel , Spain and  Michael Collins, Australia. Super tech Victor Swartzman sang Happy Birthday to the women of the world. Missing was Craig Earqhart   who was not able to join us since he was in the hospital but we played his UCLA heart transplant song . Music by John Lennon , Susan Cogan and Craig Earqhart. Thanks to Osiris Munir.

Sharon Rowe’s story, the Great Switch a Roo was dedicated to her friend Stuart who passed away recently. 

For years we have had a special event for International Women’s Day but were not able to this year. However this radio show made up for it.   Thank you all!











             At 15, Alara was introduced to poetry by an extraordinary English Lit. teacher from Trinidad.  Through his encouragement, one of her poems was published in the local newspaper.  While attaining her B.A., majoring  in English Lit., at Western University in London, Ontario, she was strongly influenced by the poets of the “Romantic Era” such as Blake, Byron, Shelley, Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. The mystical and metaphysical orientation of their writing gave Alara an expanded world vision

            Alara was involved with World Poetry, The Millenium Writers Group, and was featured as a guest poet on World Poetry’s radio station in Vancouver, BC. In 2011, upon moving to Vancouver Island, BC, she joined the Cowichan Writers Group and began writing short stories. Poetry and short stories were published in the Anthologies “One Brick Shorts” in 2013 and “Love Notes” in 2016. 

She describes the background of the poem: 

“The poem I selected to send was a “Goddess” poem to have a feminine style of prayer since much of our current religion is more masculine based, although I can see that changing.

Recently, in an on-line women’s group, a member had expressed her interest in my poem as she was having some difficulty in turning to a male God. I typed it on the Facebook page and it was quite well received. I’ve been involved in enough groups and can honestly say that these women want to get back to a more positive and sovereign form of empowered femininity that includes their sexual healing but not as ball busting feminists, although I think these brave women were very necessary in the early days of creating a path for women’s rights.”



(The Goddess Prayer)

My womb is bathed in golden light

Tiny stars swirling inside

Twinkling, laughing in the void

Peace, tranquility flowing through my body

Like mother’s milk


Ecstasy engorging my breasts

Nipples straining

For release, for touch

For light, for love

Body arched to give and to receive

The miracles of spirit

Born into flesh


My woman’s spirit in many guises

Soft, yielding

Hard, uncompromising

Seeker of Truth

Breast of Hope

Body of Life Eternal


September 24, 1993, The Center, Kamloops. All rights reserved by the author.


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.



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.