Think about the last month, have you had a strong reaction to a news items that you have read or heard? It might have been politics, a local event, a war or a peace treaty, something happening now.
There is a saying, "Time exists so everything doesn't happen at once. Space exists so that everything doesn't happen to me."
News can be happening now in a completely different part of the world but it can still affect us deeply because it is something that we relate to or is happening to people we identify with or care about.
There is a rising genera of poetry that can be an outlet for poetic outrage or an expression of pleasure when something good happens in the world.
It is called News poetry, current events poems or response poetry.
Today one of my poems was posted on Poetry/24, The News is the Muse.
I wrote about a frog and myself because CNN compared me to a frog in the boiling water of climate change.
Mohamed Maine Seed
The proud son of Somali immigrants
traversed oceans and continents to escape
brutal civil war
seeking the American dream
for themselves and their children
discrimination, poverty and violence
struggling to understand
who I am
where do I belong
we were too Somali
the American Dream out of reach
but incredible friends and mentors
pushed me to think otherwise
I have a place in this country
with good people
and the freedom to be who you are
in a better place
I hope one day to welcome
the schoolgirl from Syria
the young entrepreneur from Iraq
the old poet from Somalia
where we have a Somali proverb
when we see injustice
“Dhiiga kuma dhaqaaqo?”
“Does your blood not move?”
I am moved. Capturing a similar dream for all Africa, Nelson Mandela said, “I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.”
[Read more at SpokaneFavs] Safety, Dreams and Peace of Mind ... How good we feel when we wake up is correlated with how well we sleep and the contents of our dreams.
Utzil in Kiche
"Utzil" (peace, blessing, goodness), "Jamaril" (peace, calm), "Uxlanem" (peace) (n), "Uxlanibal" (peace of mind or of the soul) (n), "K’uxajTz’ininik" (be peaceful) (v), "Q’atal tzij" (justice of the peace) (n) in Kiche spoken in Guatemala (Momostenango (as well as its dependent Aldeas of Canquixaja, Nimsitu, and Panca) and Totonicapan (and its dependent Aldeas of Nimasak and Cerro de Oro).
Kiche —"Utzil" (peace, blessing, goodness)—Guatemala (Momostenango (as well as its dependent Aldeas of Canquixaja, Nimsitu, and Panca) and Totonicapan (and its dependent Aldeas of Nimasak and Cerro de Oro).
Planning Peaceful Children
Children are not usually
associated with peace "utzil"
in Kiche, an indigenous language of Guatemala
children, kids or the ritual name for good things of marriage
is "wuqub utzil wuqub chomal"
"wuqub" mean seven as if seven is the perfect number of children
seven children is "wuqk’al"
it also refers to constelations
the Big Dipper is "wuqüb kaqix"
the Great Bear (Ursa Major) is "wuqüb kaqix"
and a week is "wuqubix apan"
"chi" means to multiply
as in 7 x 7 "wuqüb chi wuqub"
so perhaps "wuqub utzil wuqub"
means 7 children bring
peace, blessings, goodness
Utzil has other meanings as well
"utzil -anima’" is charity
while favor is "utzil" or "toq’ob"
and to keep asking for a favor is "xermij ri utzil"
health is "utzil" or "utzil wächaj"
and "utzirisaj" is heal
the final word in the phrase
"chomal" means plan
as if planning for peace brings seven kinds of peace
for ourselves and children
fatness is "q’onq’otem" or "chomal"
perhaps also abundance
as if a peaceful life is one with plenty
and the most useful finger is the thumb "u-chomal q’abaj"
meeting is "molim ib" or "chomal" or "mulim ib"
and a tree trunk is "chomal che’", "kuta’mil", "che’al" or "kuta’m che’"
as if life is better when we plan to walk in the forest
breathing the oxygen provided by the 7 x 7 trees
Alaafia in Yoruba (Nigeria)
"Àlàáfíà" (peace, sound health or well-being), "Ìrèlè" (peace), "Itunu" (peace of mind), "Ifaiya" (alignment, as being aligned with one's destiny or ultimate purpose in life), "Ifaiya bale" (peace, the practice of peaceful volition and absolute non-violence) in Yoruba (yor), Yorùbá or Youruba spoken in Nigeria, Benin, Togo (West Africa).
From the Tongue to Ultimate Purpose in Yoruba (Nigeria)
We have a saying in Yoruba spoken in Nigeria
"In order to bring about peace,
first bring peace to your tongue"
There is peace "àlàáfíà" and "ìrèlè"
and other Yoruba words
explain the concept of peace
"idera" or comfort
"itunu" peace of mind
"itelorun" conveys contentment
"ifokanbale" as the mind rests in a place without worry
"àlàáfíà" translated peace as well as sound health or well-being
and a beautiful word "ifaiya bale" succinctly mulling over
the practice of peaceful volition and absolute non-violence
integrated into this gentle peaceful word
"ifaiya" is alignment as in being aligned with one's destiny
or ultimate purpose in life
as if only through peace
we each attain purpose in our life
Notice the relationship today between the things you say and your sense of accomplishment.
Peace Word of the Day
#peace #brain #Alzheimers #memory #travel #language #exercises #health
A found poem is a poem crafted from the words of another—a quote from someone famous or words found on a scrap of paper written by someone unknown to the poet. A found poem can be teased out of the words of a friend or a colleague, occasionally a child. Sometime the words are written out in the same order as they are found, sometimes the order is changed, fine tuned, or adjusted. The words are changed, made the poet's own by what is taken and what is left behind. Choices are made and that makes all the difference.
Einstein's Peace, a Found Poem
Learn from yesterday
peace cannot be kept by force
achieve by understanding
Live for today
look deep into nature
do not stop questioning
hope for tomorrow's
will take you everywhere
Martin Luther King's Daybreak of Peace, a Found Poem
Starless midnight of racism and war
in the silence of good people
come here on different ships
Change the system
justice, love, peace
become a reality
in the bright daybreak of peace
the final word
Walk in the light of creativity
stand at times of challenge
work for our freedom
in the same boat now
Virginia Woolf's Peace Poetry, a Found Poem
You cannot find peace
by avoiding life
in every secret of a writer's soul
Language and poetry
friends and beauty
riot and extravagance
laughter and anguish
Cutting the heart asunder
value life more
Excepts from Year of the Poet August 2015 Volume
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Inspired by Gandhi, International Writing Competition 2014-2015 by Anne Cockitt (Editor), Geoff Barnbrook (Editor), William Rhind (Foreword), Buzby Bywater (Illustrator), Piali Ray (Introduction), Authors: Kimberly Burnham, Jamie John, Archita Mittra, Anthony Itopa Obaro, Ishani Pant, Sohaib Mirza, Ishani Banerji, Ankit Malhotra, Erolina Rodrigues, and Jay Malaga. Sampad South Asian Arts Publishing
Gandhi, A Found Poem by Kimberly Burnham (Winning Entry)
there is love
there is life
health is real wealth
Learn as if you
must be the change
happiness is when you think
forgiveness is the attribute
Lose yourself in service
wonders of a sunset
beauty of the moon,
worship of the creator
then you win
what you do are in harmony
1982 graduates Brigham Young University, 1988 authors a chapter in Guide to Gracious Lesbian Living signing only her first name. 2004 denied a marriage license. 2018 marries the love of her life. - Kimberly Burnham
An aphorisms is a terse saying embodying a general truth or astute observation.
Paper Nautilus (2012) An anthology of poetry, short stories, aphorisms and more.. by Lisa Mangini (Editor, Author), Joey Gould (Editor, Author), Kimberly Burnham (Author, Poet), Paul David Adkins (Author), Jeffrey Alfier (Author), Martin Balgach (Author), Janet Barry (Author), Kristin Berkey-Abbott (Author), George Bishop (Author), CL Bledsoe (Author), and Sheri L Wright (Illustrator). Jason Primm, S D Stewart, Duncan Campbell, Melissa Cannon, Darren Cormier, Matthew Denvir, Jacob Edwards, Laren Eyler, Jessica Forcier, Amy Gentile, Jason Hibbitts, Marianna Hofer, Nicole Hospital-Medina, Ann Howells, Marcia Hurlow, Jennifer Roth Jackson, Susan Johnson, Hillary Kobernick, Jean LeBlanc, Kathryn Locey, Edward Manai, Karen McPherson, Kelly McQuain, Zackary Medlin, Ann E Michael, Jesse Minkert, Mack J Mitchell, Brian D Morrison, Rich Murphy, Mike Petrik, Will Pewitt, Frederick Pollack, Melissa Reddish, Stephen R Roberts, Jay Rubin, Michael Saleman, Shae Savoy, Carolyn Foster Segal, Amanda Sibernagel, Gerald Solomon, Jessica Stilling, Doc Suds, Wally Swist, Allison Tobey, Brendan Walsh, William Wells, William Kelley Woolfitt, Mike Wright, and Changming Yuan,
Lisa Mangini (Editor), Kimberly Burnham, Jason Primm, S D Stewart, Paul David Adkins, Jefferey Alfier, Martin Balgach, Janet Barry, Kristen Berkey-Abbott, George Bishop, C L Bledsoe, Duncan Campbell, Melissa Cannon, Darren Cormier, Matthew Denvir, Jacob Edwards, Laren Eyler, Jessica Forcier, Amy Gentile, Jason Hibbitts, Marianna Hofer, Nicole Hospital-Medina, Ann Howells, Marcia Hurlow, Jennifer Roth Jackson, Susan Johnson, Hillary Kobernick, Jean LeBlanc, Kathryn Locey, Edward Manai, Karen McPherson, Kelly McQuain, Zackary Medlin, Ann E Michael, Jesse Minkert, Mack J Mitchell, Brian D Morrison, Rich Murphy, Mike Petrik, Will Pewitt, Frederick Pollack, Melissa Reddish, Stephen R Roberts, Jay Rubin, Michael Saleman, Shae Savoy, Carolyn Foster Segal, Amanda Sibernagel, Gerald Solomon, Jessica Stilling, Doc Suds, Wally Swist, Allison Tobey, Brendan Walsh, William Wells, William Kelley Woolfitt, Mike Wright, Changming Yuan, Sheri L Wright. (2012). Paper Nautilus 2012. Published by Paper Nautilus.
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