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World Poetry Celebrates Robert W. McGregor from Canada!

The World Poetry Café Radio Show welcomed the talented poet Robert W. McGregor on the air in a unique interview full of good poetry and music. Robert read his poem: I’m Just A Little Boy’ about a little boy from Aleepo , Syria which received many favorable responses when it was read as an e-poem a few weeks before. He read a number of exceptional poems and talked about his life and vision.

To hear this great show! CLICK HERE!

Since it was fundraising time for our show, Robert also became a member and helped pitch on the air. We need $1,000 per year to keep our show on the air. We are all volunteers and the World Poetry Café will be celebrating its 21st year. If anyone wants to become a member or at an international level , become a donner, you can go to www. coopradio .org and click on membership. Please put in the name of the World Poetry Café so the money will go to our account.

 Also featured on the show, great  e-poets from India and Nigeria: 

Dr. Reshma Ramesh is a dental surgeon by profession and has been writing poetry since 2008 and is a noted voice in  Bangalore. Her beautiful poem The Mountains Have a Memory captures the essence of mountains.

The second e-poem  APEKE XII on love comes from: Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon. He is a international multi award winner, World  Poetry Ambassador to Nigeria and a director with a new book coming out.

The dedicated World Poetry Café Team: Ariadne Sawyer, Producer and host, co-host Anita Aguirre Nieveras, Super Tech Victor Schwartzman and special volunteer Sharon Rowe with dog, Willow.

 

Robert writes:

“If possible I prefer to be introduced as Robert W. McGregor as there are too many notable Rob McGregor’s…

I am proud of my given names, Robert after my grand father, and great grand father the W. Stands for Ward which my blessed  mother picked while watching it’s a wonderful life. ( late actor Ward Bond).

I am happily married for 9 years to my wife Laurie who is vey supportive of my writing efforts,  I have two natural and four step children and will soon celebrate the birth of my 9th grand child.

Born and raised in South Vancouver, graduated from David Thompson Secondary.

I have been writing poetry since grade 4 but other then special occasions like anniversaries, weddings or tributes at funerals my poems have been for my private consumption.

A chance meeting with writer friend/ Neall Ryon has opened up my eyes to the world of poetry and created a desire to share it with the rest of the world.

I am currently working on my first book with the working title “Looking Through the Kaleidoscope” , The  Mended Broken Thoughts and writings of Robert W. McGregor

My favourite writers and influences are Lord Alfred Tennyson, Mark Twain, and  Og Mandino.

As for poems, since this a broadcast that goes to other countries it would be a privilege to recite the attached poem:

” I’m Just A Little Boy’, which was written by me after seeing the very tragic picture of a the little boy from Aleppo Syria sitting in the back of an ambulance.

The picture haunted me for days until I awoke one night at around 3 am and wrote this poem.


 I’m Just A Little Boy

(Dedicated to all of the children in Aleppo Syria)

Why do you drop your booms?

I’m just a little boy,

Where is my Ummi and Abbi ?

Can someone please find my toy?

It’s a little red car with a missing wheel,

That was a gift from my older brother,

I want it now to think of him,

Have you found my Father and Mother?

Perhaps they are with my brother and sister,

Who I no longer see around,

I saw them last laughing and playing in the yard,

Just before I heard the very loud sound.

It happens almost everyday,,

It seems no one can tell me why,

I ask you now maybe you know,

Why are these booms falling from the sky

I can not feel my face right now, I can not see too far,

It’s hard to hear you from the ringing,

Did someone finally find my car?

Please look real hard for it,

As it helps me sleep at night,

I promise not to lose it again ,

I promise to hold it really really tight.

If you see my Ummi and Abbi ,

please don’t tell them I dropped it on the floor,

I don’t want them to worry about it,

Please just one more look and I won’t ask you anymore?

Really where did you find it?

You say you found it in my Ummi’s hand?

Can you please bring her here so I can hug her,

No I will run to her ,help me up so I can stand.

What do you mean she is gone?

Why would she leave me here all alone?

Where could she possibly go?

This is our only home.

I understand now she is with the others,

No real need for me to feel gloom,

Perhaps I can join them next time,

When the sky drops another boom.

Robert W. McGregor, August /2016. All rights Reserved by the author. (C)

 

 

World Poetry Celebrates Muse for World Peace!

Another entry for the World Poetry Canada International Peaceathon. Submitted by Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon (Nigeria) Editor and guiding light behind the anthology: MUSE FOR WORLD PEACE ANTHOLOGY.

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Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon writes:

“Dear Poets and Lovers of Art, It always seems impossible until it is done….” we had the dream to bring change – anew in the deathly state of the world with peace moving words. Poets, inkers around the orbs Gathered to say “No” to hate, racism….War And have embraced peace – Life Through this work of Art. We birthed the dream only with words but its reality is in us…

This second edition featured 128poets from 10 nationalities with over 300 poems. The selected poets range from Uloma Naomi James (a 13 year old from Nigeria) to Adesewa Oyinkansola (Nigeria), Gopakumar Radhakrishnan (India), Roula Pollard ( a Greek poet), Ariadne Sawyer (Canada), Benjami Nii Oku (Ghana), Maria Miraglia (Italy), Ceri Naz ( Philippines ) Mutiu Olawuyi (Gambia), Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon (Nigeria) and many more. However, the anthology has been launched at the National Poets Meet on May 14th in Kokalta India and was Exhibited at Dubois Memorial Center during the Pentasi B World Poetry Friendship Festival in Accra Ghana respectively and is now available on Amazon India and International.

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Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon (TGO) is a Nigerian poet and a literary critic. He is an international multi-award winner –Awarded the World Poetry Ambassador to Nigeria {Canada} 2013, nominated as Inspirational Poet of the Year by World Friendship Celebration (Pentasi B) Philippines 2013, won the Write Share Be Read Second International Poetry Competition with his poem “REMEMBER O’YE GODS”; as one of the Top Five Poets in category A and was published in First Female online magazine, United Kingdom 2013, placed in the top ten in the Rabindranath Tagore Award – International English Poetry Competition (India) 2014. awarded the World Poetry Cultural Youth Peace Ambassador Award 2014, awarded Creative Writers Association of Nigeria Poetry Literary Award 2014, ranked third in Anchors Bible competition 2014, nominated for El-Hibri Foundation Peace Education Prize 2015, nominated as director of World Poetry Movement (Mexico) 2015 and 2016 Pentasi B universal poet of the year (Ghana).

 

World Poetry Celebrates Director Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon From Nigeria!

On December 17th, from 1-2 Pm the World Poetry Café Radio Show on CFRO, 100.5 FM; with hosts Ariadne Sawyer and Neall Ryon with super tech Victor   welcomed  the talented poet and peace activist, director and Peace Ambassador Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon!  

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An exciting show with poetry, music from Ablaye and Wayne Lavallee and even some Yoruba spoken. Our first call in from Nigeria-the heading Live from Canada and Nigeria!

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“Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon (Torm Gardson}, popularly referred to as TGO, is a young Nigerian poet and a literary critic with remarkable writer-qualities.
Gabriel is an international multi-award winner; He was awarded the title of World Poetry Ambassador to Nigeria {Canada} in 2013 and nominated as one of the Inspirational Poets of the Year 2013 by World Friendship Celebration (Pentasi B) in the Philippines. He won the Write Share Be Read Second International Poetry Competition with his poem “REMEMBER O’YE GODS”; as one of the Top Five Poets in category A and his poem was published in First Female (A popular United Kingdom online Magazine) 2013.

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He was recommended as one of the top ten in the Rabindranath Tagore Award – International English Poetry Competition in 2014. He was awarded the title of World Poetry Cultural Youth Peace Ambassador in 2014. He was ranked third in the Anchors bible competition 2014. He was awarded in the Poetry Category of the Creative Writers’ Association of Nigeria 2014 Literary Award. He is currently the Director of World Poetry Movement Nigeria-Africa.

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Most of his works have been featured in series of international anthologies and journals. He is the brain behind Muse for World Peace Anthology (An anthology of contemporary poets propagating peace) and He is a published author with his first book entitle ‘ CALL FOR RETREAT’”

Timileyin is one of four poets featured as a UBC Peace Gift Poem  of which 800 will be available to the public during the World Poetry Peace and Human Rights Exhibition at the University of British Columbia, February 3-March 30th, 2016.

BIAFRA

“The end of a war

Is the beginning of another war..”

 

From forced famine and fighting

Cannibal of naked souls sailed,

Across, to the sea of hope,

trending upon thorns and pebbles.

 

The roaring sea echoes

Chants from the depth of our hearts.

While the land retreats over our fate,

We hide by the sea side, in order not to be late.

 

Where does a runner go

Whose baton is handled by the merciless ones?

They that bring home a dance,

But who is to dance it for us?

 

Should we call on our deceased fathers,

Whose skull were hung on the roof of our tattered hut?

Or should we place a call to our spirit mothers,

Whose blood were made as sacrifice for the unborn?

The brave one in battle is no where in sight,

They have faded away in the dimmed light,

Of last night “Bight of Biafra” fight,

Now let us alone, to suffer the rising plights.

By the sea side

 

Can we regain our ascribed right?

To be late, could it had better be a great price

If our spirit will not be revived at Niger – area?

 

The war has ended

But the war still lives with us!

Timileyin Gabriel Olajuwon (C)