Saturday May 25, 11am-5pm

Literary, Visual & Performance Artists at Alexandra Neighbourhood House in Crescent Beach during the annual Alex Fest ~ Saturday May 25, 11am-5pm
*showcasing their winning pieces that support the relationship of arts & ecology in creating positive change & sustainability
“Our Common Future: Finding Hope in the Midst of Crisis”…/commu…/artists-change-exhibition
*honoured to be on the adjudication team for Literary Art

I will be one of the poets reading poetry about Climate Change. Come, come join us!

Poem: A Life Worth Saving

—©Lozan Yamolky
Book: Counting Waves 2017 by Silver Bow Publishing

They tell you to go to higher ground
when an imminent flood or tsunami is on the horizon.

They evacuate you when a wildfire spreads;
or a nuclear reactor near you is about to melt down.

They keep you posted and give you shelter or help you find safety
when a deadly hurricane is in the forecast.

They desperately search for you and dig you out of the rubble
of a collapsed building and cheer when they find you alive.

They send firefighting crews who risk their lives to pull you
out of a burning building.
They use the latest scientific research;
utilize the latest technologies and new medicine
to keep you alive at all costs when you suffer
from a terminal disease or acute trauma.

They warn you about sex offenders
being released in your area:
they shoot dangerous wildlife near your home
to protect your life and ensure the lives of your children
are not in harm’s way.

Yet, once your survival skills are put to the ultimate test,
and you finally run from danger –war;
once you further yourself and your family
from endless wars and a hopeless future,
it seems your life is of no value to politicians, to haters
and most times, this world.

When you run from men who mercilessly assault you
in ways humanity has never seen,
and you ask for protection and justice
they say ‘your problem is not ours to solve.’

You become one of thousands upon thousands
of refugees at the mercy of some
who, quite frankly, do not like you disturbing the routine
and their normal life.

Once you escape the torture of being a war trophy;
once you make it alive to a strange and foreign land seeking refuge,
your future is uncertain;
you become nothing but a case number in a file
in a court document awaiting others to decide your fate.

To those who do not even understand
the meaning of the word refugees,
your life is not worth saving.

Luckily, those who hate are outnumbered.
Luckily, there are more of us who have empathy
and want to live in peace and harmony with all.

Luckily, there are more of us
who know we are all connected;
no matter what government issue papers state,
we are connected, we are one
and each life is..
a life worth saving!

—©Lozan Yamolky
Book: Counting Waves 2017 by Silver Bow Publishing

Disclaimer: Photo taken by my father in Ankara outside the UNHCR in spring 1993. I was tearfully saying goodbye to my nephew who was on the bus going to Istanbul then flying to Canada.

SPOTLIGHT on the Art April 2019

In the ( SPOTLIGHT on the Art April 2019 ) issue that was published in March 28 2019, I am featured on page 9. I am honored to be interviewed by
Ken Westdorp. Now, to find someone in Surrey to fetch me some copied for me to keep and share.

ACS celebrated 51 years! SPOTLIGHT is an art magazine published by the Art Council of Surrey to promote the Visual, Performing and Literary arts.
Arts Council of Surrey Twitter: @Surreyarts Facebook: /ArtCouncilofSurrey

Please read the article and let me know what you think.

Poem: ‘over there’, Is Here

—©Lozan Yamolky (Dreamers Needed 2019)

Think of me and see my face
when bullets replace spoken words;
when destructive bombs overtake
and drown even the loudest voices
calling for peace.

Think of me and see my face

when trading arms

replaces the shaking of hands;

when an invading army

sweeps the land
and spill the blood

of unarmed civilians.

Think of me and see my face
when sovereign national

songs of freedom
are drowned out by the shrieks
of frightened children.

Think of me and see my face when men in power become blind to the sight

of weeping mothers

and broken old men
who just want to live in their land.

Think of me and see my face
and a million other faces
when your rulers send you

to my homeland and tell you

my life is not worth counting

when I am wounded

or lost or killed.

See me and know that ‘over there’,
is not that far at all.

It is here, it is now. 

What happens to you here in our land,

affects your homeland too.

Over there, is here;

it is me, it is her, and it is him. 

It is the mother:
the father,
the child,
the student,
the doctor,
and even the soldier
that is forced to serve
or be destroyed.

It is someone that feels:  loves;
and hopes to live in peace.

‘Over there’, is here
and what happens here,

affects the whole world. 

So, think of me and see my face
when someone tells you
‘don’t worry about it because it is over there and over there is too far from here’. 

—©Lozan Yamolky (Dreamers Needed 2019)

The 8th Rabindranath Tagore Award Winning Poet of 2019 International Poetry Contest

I am deeply honored to be reading the words of
Gopakumar Radhakrishnan

(Founder – Rabindranath Tagore Award, Bharat Award, PoiesisOnline and Xpresspublications)

Congratulations Lozan Yamolky!!

We at POIESISONLINE and XPRESSPUBLICATIONS, are so proud to share with you the coveted Bharat Award for your meritorious talents in writing. Yes, you may take immense pride in it, that you are having it from the best in the world.