When grazing through the sestina verses of this our prolific poetic figure , SMEETHA BHOUMIK. You must be sure to carry a calabash of fresh coconut milk . Her poetry is more than a refreshment . It is a literary beverage . The metaphor transfigures and cleanses us into a new beings and then summoned into the holy earth of literary redemption . A revolution! Bhoumik’s traverses with forth and back within the spirit-land of word. The irony is the truth that spikes .Spikes that slash through the arteries of the wicked .As her pen spews purified venom and undiluted vitriol in her clarion for peace against war- makers and trouble -mongers.
THE WISDOM OF LOVE SHINES BRIGHT
Sand dunes and golden castles, the
towers nestled in ivy, wafts of wisdom
percolating in tender sweet melodies of
belonging – every creature finds love
and a home here! Its gold shines
soft and true, its heart so big & bright,
That it’s starry even by day, and bright
as gorgeous nebulas at night.
TheTrifid or the VelaSupernova, it shines
like a million dazzling stars with wisdom
culled in hearts full of love,
weaving bonds, there’s no dirth of!
It is earth I speak of,
her wisdom aeons old, and bright
as lightening sparks of love
streaming through our
hearts. It is earth I speak of, her wisdom
golden, her love that shines
in our lives, our homes, and shines
in our hearts.
It is earth, her bounty of
abundance and grace, her wisdom
of acceptance that is cheery & bright
welcoming all unto her, and that is our
learning – the vast openness of love.
Knowledge and learning lead to love
through wide open spaces, and shines
a light in us; it is our route map, our
beautiful destiny to chart, of
that there’s no doubt, a bright
light leading to glowing wisdom!
Tiny boats adrift on oceans of wisdom,
to learn to see the light of love
in darkness too. Such is the bright
affiliation of an age-old bond that shines
in every being, no exceptions to speak of,
that is the truth, this belonging, with ‘our’.
Love’s melody shines forth in our lives,
love’s wisdom keeps us sparkling bright
even in wild tempestuous stormy nights!
WOMEN RESIST VIOLENCE AND MAKE PEACE
Green leaves, frozen tears in aquamarine dreams, women
surge up to a glowing light, stepping in softly to resist
age-old injustice. It is her birthright, a free of violence,
sublime dawn of oceanic hope on a wash of pink and
an undoing of the long night of deathly disease. To make
A beautiful world, she steps in softly to make peace !
Infused with hope, she has what it takes for peace:
patience, courage, strength and warmth, in all women
a characteristic norm of fair-play and justice, to make
this world a haven of peace. She knows she must resist
unfairness with all her might, lest it overpower all and
the world into dreary darkness retreat. For violence
spreads across thought-streams and terrain, violence
like wildfire consumes hearts where there’s no peace.
She knows this and she steps up her good work and
reaches out to kindred souls, to all who’d listen – women,
men, children, country-folk and city-dwellers; ” Resist”
She cries, “Resist hate, & a world of beauty we’ll make !”
A ringing roar answers her call, hundreds gather to make
her dream for all, for it is their’s too – free of violence
adorned in peace, they open up their hearts crying “Resist,
Shun violence and come with us to the altar of peace.”
A great March towards light, there’s singing and women
in bright hues of warmth add all with the ease of ‘and’ !
Bonhomie and wonder grow by day, as hearts swell and
Soar in peace, where no violence can reach.
Of this, make
What you may, but you know for sure that it is the women
Who will lead you to the path to peace, they shun violence
And yearn for peace.
Time for all to join in saying ” Resist, Resist”
Resist violence, resist injustice, resist unfairness, resist
Dark deeds. Go, each do your own thing, but come here &
Sing the song of peace.
Bring your kindness, your guitar, your love, to make
a picture of happiness, a space to reach. Of violence,
Let there be no sign, a mist lifting onto joyous women!
In a rosy ring of compassionate women who make peace,
Flew a song-bird with fluent ease
Joining their music to end violence and resist !
Letter from home to a migrant lover
Sending your way some dust from home
remember how at sunset it turned gold
when the tinkling-belled cows returned?
The trees miss you here,
and the very air
Oh, our narrow winding roads
are listless, waiting
for known footsteps,
at every turn.
BIRDS OF A FATHER-SKY
Hark O Tree, O Flyaway Eastern Sky !
I am Shelly’s greenbul, Sharpe’s greenbul
a mountain greenbul or a ulugulu greenbul
I am your very own bare-faced-go-away bird
a papyrus gonolek;
East coast boubou, zanzibar red bishop,
I sail on your wind, I cry on your tree-tops,
I sing of dawn, well before dawn while it is still dark
and you are restive, you are worn,
I sing !
I sing to you of vast green Lake Nakuru
where primates swing and people dance
in joy unbound !
Masai Mara, O Masai Mara,
Do you hear me, O Masai Mara?
I fly the oceans and sail the skies
in search of that ephemeral stillnes
almost divine :
a sameness on the other side!
O Enchanted Eastern Sky, I am home.
Birds of a Feather -Song
Flying to the other side of the universe
on wings of hope
I see you
cross a river,
scale a mountain, hum a new song
with roots of trees embedded in it, shells
of magic too ! Gold dust flying in the air
with dreams you dare,
all over the
the spreading good cheer of warmth…
Mbizo Chirasha is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café
(International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe
Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African
Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival( ihraf.org) ,
Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom
.Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly .His
Profiles , Interview and Poems are featured on poesis.si ,in Slovenia.
Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. Founder and
Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Co-Editor of Street Voices
Poetry triluangal collection( English , African Languages and Germany)
intiated by Andreas Weiland in Germany. Poetry Contributor to
AtunisPoetry.com in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress
International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor
to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019
collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT was
released by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on
Amazon.com and at is featured at African Books Collective. Mbizo
Chirasha is the Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign.
Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival and
GirlChildCreativity Project. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the
Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009
Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture
and Development (ICACD) in Ghana.The Vice President of Poetsof the
WORLD,poetasdelmundo.com ,African Region. Global Peace Chain
Ambassador. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel
Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence
of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in
Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer,
Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend
Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland
Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights
Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist
is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.
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#DaughtersoftheEarth( A NEW PROJECT from 2020 onward with a different THEME every Year)*Daughters of the Earth Project* The 2020 THEME is Menstrual Health and Menstrual Equity ( an international program , more details to be announced soon). Submissions from women writers fro around the globe and the genres are short stories , poetry and flash fiction(hybrid). We are going to add more SUBMISSION DETAILS about the PROJECT JURY and TIMELINES.