Monday, May 31, 2021

Welcome June - Bienvenido Junio

 Reflections by Maritza M. Mejía

Welcome June! As the earth spins; one could feel the gentle breeze, others the cruel freeze. While Mother Nature screams out, “Be gentle, it's all I ask.” 
It is time to take care of our planet. I invite you this month to be conscious about it and take action. 
Have a blessed and happy summer/winter wherever you are.

Summer Break
Mission accomplished!
One more the year is over
Time to take a break!

(Haiku, @2016 Mejía)

¡Bienvenido Junio! Mientras que la tierra rota; unos podrán sentir la briza suave, otros el cruel frio. Mientras la Madre Naturaleza grita, “Ten cuidado conmigo, es todo lo que pido.” 

Es tiempo de cuidar nuestro planeta en todos los medios y formas. Te invito este mes a tomar conciencia de este tema y actuar. 

Ten un feliz y bendecido verano/invierno donde quiera que estés.

¡Feliz Junio y Verano!
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. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Poetry for Peace ~ Poesía por la Paz

Poets around the world have defined PEACE in different 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.

During the month of January, we read poems by Rabindranath Tagore. On February, Black History Month, I chose Maya Angelou. During March, I quoted a poem by Emily Dickinson "I Many Times Thought Peace Had Come," and on April exploring the Japanese philosophy and idiom proverb from the 1400,s  "Kacho-Fuugetsu" 花鳥風月and May the poetry of Pablo Neruda (Chilean Poet) & Thomas Merton's reflections.

Thomas Merton (1915-1968)

Prayer for Peace (1962)

Edited by Peter Y. Chou
Poetry on Peace: Thomas Merton (

Almighty and merciful God, Father of all men, Creator and ruler of the universe,
Lord of all history, whose designs are without blemish, whose compassion for
the errors of men is inexhaustible, in your will is our peace.

Mercifully hear this prayer which rises to you from the tumult and desperation
of a world in which you are forgotten, in which your name is not invoked,
your laws are derided and your presence is ignored. Because we do not
know you, we have no peace.

From the heart of an eternal silence, you have watched the rise of empires
and have seen the smoke of their downfall. You have witnessed the impious
fury of ten thousand fratricidal wars, in which great powers have torn whole
continents to shreds in the name of peace and justice.

A day of ominous decision has now dawned on this free nation. Save us then
from our obsessions! Open our eyes, dissipate our confusions, teach us
to understand ourselves and our adversary. Let us never forget that sins
against the law of love are punishable by loss of faith, and those
without faith stop at no crime to achieve their ends!

Help us to be masters of the weapons that threaten to master us.
Help us to use our science for peace and plenty, not for war and
destruction. Save us from the compulsion to follow our adversaries
in all that we most hate, confirming them in their hatred and
suspicion of us. Resolve our inner contradictions, which now
grow beyond belief and beyond bearing. They are at once a torment
and a blessing: for if you had not left us the light of conscience,
we would not have to endure them. Teach us to wait and trust.

Grant light, grant strength and patience to all who work for peace.
But grant us above all to see that our ways are not necessarily
your ways, that we cannot fully penetrate the mystery of your
designs and that the very storm of power now raging on this earth
reveals your hidden will and your inscrutable decision.

Grant us to see your face in the lightning of this cosmic storm,
O God of holiness, merciful to men. Grant us to seek peace where
it is truly found. In your will, O God, is our peace.


¡Poesía por la Paz!
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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 & Twitch. TV/ LuzDelMes. 

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.  En Marzo dedicamos a la poeta Estadounidense Emily Dickinson con el poema: Muchas veces pensé que la paz había llegado, 1863En Abril, exploraremos el conepto Japónes: 花鳥風月 (Kachou Fuugetsu). El profesor y filósofo, Masashi Nakamura nos dice que significa: "conocerse a sí mismo a través de la naturaleza. En Mayo exploramos la poesia de Thomas Merton (USA, 1915-1968) y Pablo Neruda (Chile, 1904-1973).

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¡Paz y Bien! 
Maritza Martínez Mejía

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