“Go Back to Where You Came From”

©Lozan Yamolky
From Book: I’m No Hero
Published in 2016 through Silver Bow Publishing

He shouted,

“Go back to where you came from.

Get back on the boat!”

I cannot,” I said.

Where I come from

they would marry me to a man

as old as my grandfather.

They would stone me to death

for being in love.

They would drag me

through streets till I die,

because I am not heterosexual.

They would ostracize me

for being of a different faith.

They would hack me with machetes

in the streets,

for not believing in their God.

I cannot go back to where I came from,

because they would behead me for refusing

to join their religion.

They would gang rape me

for debts my family cannot pay.

They would shoot me

while I am on the bus,

because they do not want girls

to go to school.

They would make me work at age five.

They would humiliate me

and publicly torture me

for being born third gender.

Where I come from,

they would assassinate me

for standing up for women’s rights.

They would publically flog me,

hundreds of times,

for blogging online

about freedom of religion.

They would dismember my body

for not wearing religious garments.

They would cut off my hand

for stealing food to feed my hungry family.

Where I come from,

they charge me with apostasy

and sentence me to death

for writing poetry.

They would force me

to join their army

or be killed.

Where I come from,

they would buy and sell me

just like property;

I am their sex slave.

They would chain and imprison me

just because I am a girl.

They do not let me speak my mind,

they do not let me be free;

I can no longer be a child.

Where I come from,

they took my ancestors’ lands,

my family’s homes

and threw us to the streets.

Where I come from,

I am no longer allowed

to live in my land

because they gave my land away

and even gave it a new name.

I cannot go back to where I came from

because I am deformed since birth;

I just sit on sidewalks

begging for my daily bread.

The bombs disabled me.

Fear paralyzed me.

Chemical weapons blinded my sight.

Shouting and screaming

at the loss of my people muted me.

The fires burned my flesh alive.

I am deaf from the sounds of

bombs:

bullets,

explosions,

guns,

mortar shells,

air strikes,

and… and… and…

I cannot go back to where I came from.

Where I came from,

the war is not going to stop,

because weapon makers

are profiting.

I cannot get back on the boat

because it sank.

With it,

sank my hopes and my dreams,

my aspirations and my future;

my illusion of peace.

I can’t go back to where I came from you see

– but you can!

You can go back

to being tolerant of others;

back to having empathy and

compassion for those around you.

You can go back

to the time before you were taught

– to hate.

©Lozan Yamolky
From Book: I’m No Hero
Published in 2016 through Silver Bow Publishing

To purchase your copy of my book, contact the publisher http://www.silverbowpublishing.com/i-m-no-hero-.html

Or you may contact me directly so I can ship you a copy or more.

Summer of Inclusion on Saturday 7/27/2019 1-3pm

You are invited to join us:

Please join Artists Helping Artists and the Federation of BC Writers for a special Poetry Open Mic. Happening on Saturday July 27th from 1- 3PM at Artists Helping Artists studio to celebrate a “Summer of Inclusion”, this FREE event is open to everyone!

The featured poets will be sharing their poetry and prose inspired by the summer season and the concept of “Inclusion” followed by an open mic for the audience to share their own works. They encourage an interactive evening for artists and audience to foster an appreciation of the space and the words coming together to create a memorable and engaging evening.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO EVERYONE!

Lozan Yamolky is Canadian-Kurdish from Northern Iraq. She immigrated to Canada in 1995 and started reciting and writing poetry in the fall of 2013 through open mic events. She is a freelance English, Kurdish and Arabic interpreter. Her debut poetry book, I’m No Hero, published by Silver Bow, was launched in 2016, followed by her collection Counting Waves that was launched in 2017.
Her latest book Dreamers Needed was self-published through McNally Robinson was soft launched in February 2019 after her traumatic brain injury that she sustained from a car crash in November 2018.


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Dreamers Needed Book Review by Realistic Poetry International

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Dreamers Needed ​ by Author Lozan Yamolky Reviewed by Realistic Poetry International

More than a poet, Author Lozan Yamolky speaks with the sincere voice of a humanitarian who cares for much more than herself in our world in her epic collection of poems, ​Dreamers Needed. With passionately expressed poetic tributes that highlight a variety of diverse topics, there is one encompassing theme we notice recurring throughout this collection that undeniably stands out above all: ​love.

With plenty of hardships and challenges to go around in a single lifetime, there are also plenty of lessons to be learned. Bridges to cross. Obstacles to overcome. Pain to bear. Ships to sail. Roads to travel. Oftentimes, the journey can feel overbearing, so much, our emotions become much too heavy for us to carry alone.

But – Author Yamolky, the epitome of a caring, wise soul, teaches the timeless principles of patience, selflessness, kindness, courtesy, truth, faith, and love through the beauty and power of poetry.

Though there are many aspects we enjoy while reading this collection, we are sure any person who reads will appreciate the thorough combination of social, personal, political, and spiritual poems featured throughout the book.

We use the first poem to introduce this book as our primary example entitled, I Am Here; a deeply emotional and moving selection that speaks not for her own self, but rather for the one who is “no longer languishing in a refugee camp,” as she says with strength and courage through the voice of a refugee survivor.

The tone of this poem (and many others) reverberates with boldness and commands the reader’s attention. And while adversity is more than evident, we can clearly see the image of the survivor Author Yamolky vividly paints with intense, deep colors of emotion saying,

“You won’t find me in the abandoned towns, empty schools, playgrounds, or the collapsed hospitals of my homeland,” and then, “You won’t find me on a merciless rocky mountain path overflowing with women and children searching for safety under a brutal hot sun.”

The first-person perspective is effective and does an excellent job in awakening the reader to someone else’s reality, one where the burden of persecution, displacement, and suffering was severe.

Despite this, the Author is diligent in planting seeds of hope, concluding this poignant piece by informing all saying,

“You won’t find me where I use to belong or where I have been lost on the journey…I am here.”

Excelling in technical and creative categories, we believe Author Yamolky is a true quality and prestigious writer and poet who captures both the beauty and pain of life with grace, honesty, and compassion.

The Author uses herself as a vessel for positive change and testifies through her poetry in touching selections such as “A Mother’s Love,” A Living Miracle,” and one of our favorites, “Guilt Remover.”

Beyond inspiring, Author Yamolky instills in us the necessity and importance of visionaries and dreamers, to lead, initiate positive change, and to speak out and up about the injustices of this world. In the featured poem, “Dreamers Needed,” she firmly expresses her belief that “our world today is silencing truth tellers; dumbing down children, making them conform like soldiers sent to battle, obeying even unlawful orders to commit war crimes and dehumanize hurting people who suffer the consequences of the greedy few who are destroying the planet for profit.”

Yet and still – she sees a silver lining, a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, saying these few simple words; “dreamers will save us.” The Author makes a good point, indeed!

More of our favorites from this collection include, “Wounds Need Air,” “Cuban Might,” “”over there,” is Here,” and “A Statement.”

We are pleased to present this powerful and heroic collection of poems with a full 5-star rating and believe this book is the perfect choice for all those amped for universal change across the globe.

A leader, truthsayer, and beautiful bright light to others, without a doubt, Author Lozan Yamolky is just the person to get your mind, heart, and soul moving in the right direction to step up to the plate and make a change!

Superior work, Author Yamolky, and Brava!

An ode to a beloved

An Ode To A Beloved

Dedicated to my dear Uncle Serwan Yamolky
©Lozan Yamolky January 26, 2019

I learned from my uncle

that silence is a language,

freedom can enslave you —body and soul,  

and solitude

can be a crowded and noisy place in your mind.

I learned that you can find unmatched beauty

to want and fall in love with

in imperfection,

in brokenness and in pain. 

The God that many of us fear and revere,

is a brilliant artist

and at times a prankster

with a good sense of humor.

I learned that nothing on earth smells sweeter

than the scent of a newborn baby

and nothing is more intoxicating

than a long-drawn-out passionate kiss

from a lover after a long time apart.

He told me that nothing can make you gloomier

than the memory of the voice

of a departed loved one;

that loved one that you wish

would walk through that door… just… one… more… time.
©Lozan Yamolky

I will be at Surrey Muse on Friday June 28 at 5pm come join me.

I am happy to let you know that on Friday June 28, 2019 gathering of Surrey Muse, I will be the Featured Poet. More about the event below link:
It is a free event and everyone is welcome. My poetry books will be displayed and will be sold there for $20.00 each or $15.00/each if you buy 3 of them at once. Come and bring friends and family.

Surrey Muse gatherings take place
on the unceded territories of the
Kwantlen, Katzie, Musqueam,
Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations

https://surreymuse.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/lozan-yamolky-surrey-muse/

Immortal Refugee

A poem of mine is published in an online magazine. The poem is from my debut poetry book (I’m No Hero) with translation in Arabic.
Here is the post from Facebook:
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Published on June 14, 2019

Here is our multilingual xposure for the month June-2019.

Multiversity Multilingual Monthly – Magazine of http://www.poiesisonline.com


Immense gratitude to its contributors…
here is the link for it; enjoy reading.
Enjoy xposure

https://www.flipsnack.com/magsign/the-mag-june-2019-fxp0rl03x.html

Gopakumar Radhakrishnan — with Ravi Ranganathan, Molly Joseph, Vijay Nair, Ravi Anantharaman, Shams Monower, Inger-Mari Aikio, Susheela Kaushik, Lozan Yamolky, Jernail S Aanand, Antonio Blunda, Srikumar M. Menon, Navdeep Jethi, Pramila Khadun, Sunil Kumar Hebbi, Rajani Ramachandran, Divya Menon Krishnan, Deepti Agarwal, Sujatha Gopal and Philippe Le Marechal.

Saturday June 29, 2019 Gathering of Surrey Muse

https://surreymuse.wordpress.com/meetings/

https://surreymuse.wordpress.com/2019/06/04/june-28-2019-gathering-of-surrey-muse
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I am honored to be invited to be feature poet at 83rd The Surrey Muse on Saturday June 29, 2019 at 5:00pm at the Surrey Central library.
Author: Shashi Bhat
Poet: Lozan Yamolky
Artist: Raghavendra Rao K.V.
Open Mic Opener: Val Parks
Featured Art by: Raghavendra Rao K.V. 
Host: Randeep Purewall

After I read my poetry there will be 10 minutes of discussion/ Q&A so come join us and enjoy poetry and art. Bring cash to buy books we will have on display.

Thank you for supporting art and artists 🙂 I can’t wait to see you there.

Garden Plot Reading Series
Saturday, June 29, 2-4pm
Join us for afternoon readings in a tent at the Plot with Author Veeno Dewan, Poet Lozan Yamolky, Rune Master Richard E. Hanson, Open Mic author Malcolm Van Delst, and host and co-organizer Teresa Klein.
Art work on poster by Lydia Kwa
Poster designed by Mariam Zohra