This is the poem that woke me up this morning to write it.
~© Lozan Yamolky
The voice of a new poem woke me up at dawn today so, I woke up and listened to what the poem wanted to say.
Wake up your conscience;
wake up your senses;
wake up your soul;
wake up the sleeping warrior inside.
It is time to stand even taller
than you have ever stood.
Do not wait for the disaster to happen;
do not wait for others to take that first step;
do not let the wicked voices drawn out the truth you already know
and do not let them silence and tuck you back to sleep
before they carry out their evil deeds.
Do not wait for disaster to knock on your front door;
do not wait until someone you know get harmed;
do not wait until plants no longer grow in your land
and do not wait until water in your streams become toxic.
Do not wait until you cannot breathe the air;
do not wait for the fish in the sea to wash up
by the thousands at your shores
and do not wait until a child tugs at your sleeves
looks up to you and asks,
‘why didn’t you make it stop?
why didn’t you try?
why did you sleep through all that?
why did you ignore the call?’
Wake up, stand up, speak up and be bold.
Our planet needs you now
because ‘money cannot be eaten’.
~© Lozan Yamolky
Wednesday April 18, 2018
#StopKM #ProtectTheInlet No #KinderMorgan pipeline expansion
Published by Lozan Yamolky
First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge that I humbly live on the traditional, unceeded territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. Thank you for allowing me to live on your land —Vancouver, BC Canada.
I am a Canadian citizen who migrated from Kurdistan —Present day Northern Iraq, in 1995 after spending over a year as an asylum seeker in Turkey.
I was born and raised in Baghdad in 1972, I am the fifth of eleven children; three boys and seven girls –one brother passed away in infancy.
I am the author of ( I’m No Hero) and ( Counting Waves ) published by: Silver Bow Publishing. I am dedicating my third book of poems ( Dreamers Needed ) to my teenage boys, Trey, 15 and Wyatt, 13.
I started reciting my poems for the first time in 2013 at The Holy Wow Poets Canada in Maple Ridge. I am currently a member of the Canadian Authors Association, Federation of BC Writers, The Royal City Literary Art Society and the Holy Wow Poets Canada. I am presently the secretary of the Royal City Literary Arts Society. I work as a freelance interpreter.
I was commissioned in the fall of 2017 to write a poem about the refugee experience to DaCapo Chamber Choir in Toronto. The event will feature my poem “I am here” in spring 2019.
I was one of the recipients of the 2018 Distinguished Poet Award from WIN– Writers International Network Canada and was 3rd place winner at the 2018 Tagore Festival Peace Poems contest. Since first sharing my poetry in 2013, I have featured in numerous poetry events throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
My work has been published in The Royal City Poets Anthologies (Silver Bow Publishing), The Royal City Literary Arts Society online magazine eZine, Wordplay at Work, Creative Quills Ink Verse (North Vancouver), Celebrate Canada 150 and Culture Days From Far and Wide (Multicultural Creative Writing Collection 2017) and the 2018 Holy Wow Poets Anthology (Maple Ridge).
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