Ariadne’s Notes: We are honoured to feature World Poetry Canada International Director Caroline Nazareno-Gabis, a talented poetess and humanitarian .
Caroline Nazareno-Gabis a.k.a. Ceri Naz, born in Anda, Pangasinan, Philippines, known as a poet of peace and friendship, is a multi-awarded poet, editor, publicist, linguist, educator, and women’s advocate.
Graduated cum laude with the degree of Bachelor of Elementary Education, specialized in General Science at Pangasinan State University. Ceri has been a voracious researcher in various arts, science and literature. She volunteered in Richmond Multicultural Concerns Society, TELUS World Science, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver Aquarium and other charity foundations in Canada.
She was chosen as one of the Directors of Writers Capital International Foundation ( WCIF ) Board of Directors of Galaktika ATUNIS Magazine based in Albania; the World Poetry Canada and International Director to Philippines; Member of the following organizations promoting peace, women’s rights, culture, arts and literature: Global Citizens Initiatives, Asia Pacific Writers and Translators (APWT); The Poetry Posse, Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), International Women’s Leadership Association, Universal Peace Federation, Akademika Nusa International Social Sciences and Humanities (ANISSH), Axlepinos and Anacbanua.
Her poems were published in various local prints and international anthologies: Sunday Manila Times March 2017, World Poetry Yearbook 2013, 2014 & 2015 ( IPTRC-China), Poetic Melodies, XXI Century World Literature, Prosopisia Journal, Inner Child Press ltd. (USA) featured her in The Year of the Poet April 2016 and October 2014; Anti-Terror and Peace IFLAC Anthology 2016, For Love of Leelah (USA , WOMEN IN WAR (Africa), Muse for World Peace Anthology (Nigeria), Greek Fire Anthology (UK), IMMAGINE & POESIA e-book (Torino, Italy) Peace Poems (USA and Canada) I Am A Woman, a tribute to Kamala Das (India), Women of The World (Canada), Just For You My Love Anthology (India), The Art of Being Human (Switzerland, Canada and Romania), Siir Antolojisi (Turkey), Who Shall I Make My Wife ( Nigeria) and more. She was the editor of THE THREE HIT COMBO, authored by the famous Philippine Mental Assassin, Justin Piaon.
She received prestigious awards including, 4th Placer in World Union of Poets Poetry Prize with 100 participants worldwide, Writers International Network-Canada Amazing Poet 2015, The Frang Bardhi Literary Prize 2014 (Albania), the sair-gazeteci or Poet-Journalist Award 2014 (Tuzla, Istanbul, Turkey) and World Poetry Empowered Poet 2013 (Vancouver, Canada).
Songs of Memory Castles
I have been inside the question a thousand times
When I fall down and have not saved the king
I rebuilt the lost towers in all dreams to dream,
Waited for the cranes and dragons return
So once again, my heart will bloom no remorse–
An abode of beautiful beginnings.
The torrential winds scattered my confessions over the chimney
The casket of despair was torn down the memory lane,
Up straight to the seascapes of countless sun,
I have smelled the cascading revelations
Of wildflowers in the velvety midsummer,
Gathered some butterflies in the rainforest of my mind;
I adored the sweet canopy of hereafter.
I crouched under the fig tree; nostalgic about the Celtic knot
That I wore to embrace the legends of our destiny
Entangled in reciprocating ever greens of infinity.
I have been to your thoughts; your thoughts been to me
Like a castle of distant stars and unwritten songs.
Caroline Nazareno-Gabis a.k.a. Ceri Naz/ Philippines (C) * This poem is the property of the author with all rights reserved.