Ariadne’s Notes: On October 10, calling in at 1:10 pm, PST, the incomparable Randall Stephen Hall from Ireland with a wonderful selection of poetry, music, and updates. There is a significant collection of songs and poetry uponSound Cloud/Randall Stephen Hall, Sound Cloud/Hugh Midden SpeakYouTube/ Randall Stephen Hall, two different channels. YouTube/Ragnall stiffen MacHalla. My songs are funny, sad or serious. Light and shade. Dappled light.
Also on the show with a worldwide birthday greeting for Davy Fidel This is a new service for WP participants who have birthdays. Also, a new e-poem Search of Love, by Ram Mohan an artist and writer living in India who has been on the waitlist for a long time. Plus repeats of Peaceathon poets Vani Pradeep, Matilda Miraka, and Aida Roque from September 26th.
Randall writes: I grew up in North Belfast at the height of the Troubles. Born 1957. I grew up beyond many people’s context there and neither of my parents was from Belfast. These two experiences collided and reverberated with more for all my years since then, shaping much of my art and outlook.
I left college in 1980 and got a job in a small ad agency. That winter John Lennon was shot. I remember the news on the radio. It seemed to link with the shift, change, and conflict in Northern Ireland.
Ann and I got married in 1983. We had two girls in 1985 and 1987. We now have two grandchildren of six and two. Both girls.
I worked in local advertising for six years until 1988 when I became a freelance illustrator. My work, for a time, came from Belfast, Dublin and Glasgow. This carried on until 1998 then my work began to change again. www.earthnativeart.co.uk
In 1996 I self-published a book called THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RnN5HQe1Fvk The advertising work began to diminish and I began to receive invites to visit schools to tell this story. A steep learning curve ensued from then until now. (I’ll keep this brief).
During this time I began to create new stories, illustrated for projection and began to shape way of doing storytelling that involved, hand drum, voice, interactive singing, song, poetry, and a main story, lasting about an hour.
All this has evolved slowly in a very natural way over a period of about 20 years.
Around 2009 I began to write and record songs a bit more seriously again. Luckily a local DJ called Gerry Anderson (now sadly passed) found some of my funnier songs interesting and began to play them on the radio. So, in a period of about 9 months, I created my first CD of poems and songs, using local themes, of identity, peace, conflict etc but doing it in an accessible way, with the addition of humour.
This development threw me back into playing live again after a long hiatus of some years . . .
So from then until now I’ve been writing songs and poems, creating art and eventually getting involved in a small business with Natasha, my eldest daughter which sells some of my little illustrated books, T-Shirts, Tea-Towels, cards and music, on the web and, up until recently at St. George’s Market in Belfast.
Ariadne’s Notes: On October 3, another moving peace poem was read on the World Poetry Cafe radio show. from the author, Aida G. Roque! She’s from Wilmington, Delaware, USA. A retired Sped teacher in Maryland Public School and a faculty member of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, where she earned her degree in Education and Siena College as School Psychometrician before she moved to the USA. She also obtained her Graduate Studies in Master’s degree in Special Education and Post Graduate at The University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia as the Teacher Ambassador Scholarship Program. Authored and published three children’s books and an anthology with another group of poets around the world. Her other poems were selected and published by renowned publishers in New York, the SPILLWORDS PRESS Publishing Company and Poetry Soup.
Since the show was not archived, I am putting the poem on site and plan on re-reading the poems that were not saved Thursday on the World Poetry Cafe radio show 100.5 FM, radio show the October 10 from 1-10 pm PST.
THEME OF POEM: PEACE
“ONE BROTHER, ONE NATION “
We all live on one planet and in God’s
hands, we were molded from dirt and
when we die, to dust, we will all return.
We are born naked and no wealth
and back to its final journey empty.
In God’s eyes, we’re all special,
our apprehension leads us to
dissimulation of judgment,
creating jealousy, hatred and
greediness, that evoke a chaos life.
We should have no borders to cross
and no immigration officers to scrutinize,
with one faith in one God, no race and no
declaration of skin color. Nobody is
illegal or displaced immigrants.
Now, I sing my glorious song and thanksgiving
for God gave you and me as one brother,
from umbilical cord and one universal type of
blood flowing on our vein, inherited from our ancestors,
from Africa, who live in a continent, we now share us one home,
Photo by Matilda Miraka from her village in Albania.
Ariadne’s Notes: on October 3, CFRO 100.5 FM World Poetry Cafe radio show in Vancouver, BC, Canada celebrated the first peace poet Matilda Miraka with her poem on peace, from Elbasan, Albania. This is our 21st year on the show with 129 countries listening in at times.
***Due to the radio show not being archived, I am unable to provide the link but will read her poem again next week.
Photo by Matilda Miraka from her village in Albania.
Matilda Miraka, 23 years old.Education: High / Degree: Bachelor (Bachelor)Literature and Albania language Masters degree: For literature and Albania language teacher. Mother tongue: Albanian Other: English, Spanish.
Entertaining activities: ” I’ve been part of a lot of national and international competitions for poem an essay. I won most of them. In Trieste, Italy (“Castello Di Duino XIII edition” I was one of the winners) for 3 times. (Equipped with a certificate and coup) Participating in the “World Youth Forum right to dialogue X edition” (equipped with certificate.”
I find peace inside my spirit!
inside reason, inside positivity
I? I love myself and life
I don’t want to die even when my soul is in pain
even when my body is sick
even when my family is suffering
You know why?
Because I have to be strong for myself and for them
Because I believe in God, my creator I’m just a creature
Created just to be tested in this life
We cannot be happy all our lives.
But you know what?
We can, we can be quiet
But how to do this?
I find peace in my god and yours. My family, my loved ones
They want me to be good and I will be.
Dear human beings, lookup, is there a big sky or not? Do you feel small too?
Look down at you, down at your feet? Do you see the earth or not? You’re so small, so small that you don’t have to worry.
You are a temporary human being on earth so enjoy it all sun, rain, wind, hail river stones, storms, seasons, flowering, snow, leaf fall winter, animals, cats, dogs, birds.
Enjoy it please take a deep breath and enjoy it, embrace the soul with peace
but most of all dear human beings be good, do good things to be remembered for good
One day you will die.
Remember you are a temporary human being so you find peace, find peace and be good.
You will really be happy.
Matilda Miraka (C) All rights reserved by the author.