Saturday, January 30, 2021

Poetry for Peace - Poesía por la paz

Poets around the world have defined PEACE in diferrent ways using various literary images. It can mean world peace, peace between friends, family, or inner peace. Whichever meaning of peace you're looking for, LuzDelMes project is sharing a moment to reflect on the meaning of PEACE throughout POETRY. Join us the last Saturday of each month at 10:00 a.m. ET via Zoom & Instagram.

The Objective: Reach inner peace throughout poetry. #PoetryforPeace #LuzDelMes

During the month of January, we read poems by Rabindranath Tagore (May 7, 1861 - August 7, 1941) The bard of Bengal who brought out the essence of Eastern spirituality in his poetry like no other poet. His spiritual vision, as he said, is infused "with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts and manifested in the life of today."

Rabindranath Tagore: "Peace, My Heart" 

Tagore wrote this poem as part of his cycle, "The Gardener" (1915). He uses "peace" in the sense of finding peace in the face of impending death.

 Peace, my heart, let the time for the parting be sweet.
 Let it not be a death but completeness.
 Let love melt into memory and pain into songs.
 Let the flight through the sky end in the folding of the wings
   over the nest.
 Let the last touch of your hands be gentle like the flower of the
 Stand still, O Beautiful End, for a moment, and say your last
   words in silence. I bow to you and hold up my lamp to light you on your way.

Watch Video: January: 

During February, Black History Month, I chose Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014). She was a celebrated poet, memoirist, singer, dancer, actor, and civil rights activist. Her autobiography, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," a bestseller published in 1969 and nominated for the National Book Award, revealed her experiences growing up as an African American during the Jim Crow Era.

Maya Angelou "The Rock Cries Out to Us Today"-Segment-

...The Rock cries out today, you may stand on me,
But do not hide your face.
Across the wall of the world,
A River sings a beautiful song,
Come rest here by my side.
Each of you a bordered country,
Delicate and strangely made proud,
Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.
Your armed struggles for profit
Have left collars of waste upon
My shore, currents of debris upon my breast.
Yet, today I call you to my riverside,
If you will study war no more. Come,
Clad in peace and I will sing the songs
The Creator gave to me when I and the
Tree and the stone were one...

During March, I selected Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830–May 15, 1886) was an American poet best known for her eccentric personality and her frequent themes of death and mortality. Although she was a prolific writer, only a few of her poems were published during her lifetime. Dickenson’s poetry—nearly 1,800 poems altogether—has become a basic of the American literary canon.

Emily Dickinson: "I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come" -Image-

In Dickinson two-stanza poem, she uses the image of the sea to represent the waves of peace and struggle. Peace sometimes means peace within, when we are facing inner struggles, but peace in the world can also be illusory.

I many times thought Peace
had come
When Peace was far away -
As Wrecked Men - deem
they sight the Land -
At Centre of the Sea -

And struggle slacker -
but to prove
As hopelessly as I -
How many the fictitious
Shores -
Or any Harbor be -

 ¡Poesía por la Paz!

Los poetas alrededor del mundo han definido la PAZ de diferentes formas usando  diversas imágenes literarias. Puede significar la paz mundial, paz entre amigos, en la familia, o paz interior. Sea cual sea el significado de paz que esté buscando, el proyecto LuzDelMes está compartiendo un momento para reflexionar sobre el significado de la PAZ usando como medio la POESÍA. Acompáñanos el último sábado del mes a las 10:00 a.m. ET vía Zoom & Instagram.

En enero exploramos la poesía de Rabindranath Tagore el poeta bengalí, premio nobel de literatura 1913. En febrero, Mes de la Historia Negra,  seleccioné a Maya Angelou, celebre poeta y activista Afro-Americana.  Y en Marzo dedicamos a la poeta Estadounidense Emily Dickinson con el poema: Muchas veces pensé que la paz había llegado, 1863.


Maritza Martínez Mejía

Mother, Author, Educator and Translator
Member: FWA, SFWA, SCBWI, Board of Advisors MCBD, Delegado ANLMI
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Received Crystal Apple, VCB Poetry, Latino Book Awards, Author’s Talk


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