On Tuesday December 10th, 2019 TriCities Chapter of Amnesty International is hosting an evening of poetry, music, silent auction, delicious food, delightful company and more.
Come join us and get your tickets soon becuase space is limited.
I am humbly and utterly honored to be invited by Joy Silver to be the featured poet for the evening.
As I continue to write my story, I am going to be reading part of it at the event and some new and published poems from my three books, (I’m No Hero), (Counting Waves) & (Dreamers Needed). My books will be on display for sale and part of the proceeds will be donated to Amnesty International.
I look forward to seeing new and familiar faces on Tuesday.
I wish to thank Joy Silver and her incredible team for organizing the annual event that I am so much looking forward to.
You are invited to join us!
If you can’t make it and want to order copies of my books, feel free to contact me directly. Part of the proceeds of any book sold up to/ on the day of the event will be donated to Amnesty International.
They say, ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, well, I watched, bewildered, our village here in Canada –a nation of immigrants, got few very loud people who hated refugees with passion. That behavior birthed this poem! I wrote this poem to awaken in people who hate immigrant & refugee, their sense of compassion, their sense of decency and empathy. I was commissioned by a chamber choir to write a poem about ‘The Refugee Experience’, so I offered this poem which was composed and sang in majestic and angelic choral music by The DaCapo Chamber Choir in Waterloo Ontario, Canada in March 2019.
Good day to you all and please do forgive my temporary absence. A lot has been going on in my life starting by my continued healing journey from the (Mild) Traumatic Brain Injury –Ps. I hate calling it ‘mild’ but that is was what I was diagnosed when shortly after the November 23rd, 2018 motor vehicle. There is nothing ‘mild’ about brain injury. folks, please do me a favor and do not give any advice whatsoever to person in your life with brain injury unless you -yourself, have felt that pain. Do not ever tell those with injury that ‘it happened for a reason’ and don’t dare to tell them, ‘you look fine’. dont tell them to ‘get over it’, don’t tell them, ‘the more you talk about it, the worse it gets’. please don’t unless you are prepared to be slapped across the face ok? I mean well when I say those words becuase I do not want you to make the mistake a small number of people in my circle continue to talk this way with me. I don’t like them but I let them get it out of their system and hopefully one day they read and learn about TBI.
This is an old photo of Christmas 2017 my hubby shot of me when one of my beautiful sisters took me to a salon to make my long curly hair, straight. I kept startling my hubby and my boys confusing them because they kept thinking a strange woman is in the house LOL. That was funny.
My temporary absence was due to many reasons and I can list some of them here: The ongoing physical and mental therapy I am receiving, I started working and driving again, I am back to working on completing my memoir (the TBI prevented me for many months from writing and also creating new poetry), I am gradually and painfully slowly am writing new poems again, my boys are teenagers now and I needed to deal with few family issues beside my 86-year-old father having heart attack and the most important reason to point out here is that my computer got a nasty malware that didn’t allow me to use my website and I am not that bright to fix computer problems so I took time off from posting.
I will try to get back to writing and posting here. I entered few poetry contests and I studied to take my STIBC exam (wish me luck) I am waiting for the test result. Society of Translators and Interpreters of BC will put my name on a massive database of province-wide interpreters and translators and will assist me to also hike my fee/ hourly rate.
I am also aiming at finishing my manuscript and make the first draft before Christmas becuase I am planning to go visit my homeland in spring of 2020
I have been taking a lot of time to heal by connecting to the beings all around me including the four legged, the feathery friends, the scaly ones that swim in the water, the creepy crawlers, the air I breath, the soil I walk on, the water inside me and that rain that falls on me. I have been spending a lot of time in solitude among the mighty grandfathers and grandmother speaking trees in the forest. I have attended few indiginous women sweat lodge and also using CBD oil to help me heal and calm my anxiety.
I have benefited immensely from others around me mainly women who have been beyond kind to me and helping me along the way. Many lifted me up, many of them told me of their own/loved ones brain injures and most just loved me the way I am and helped me whenever I needed them without judging or questioning me or lecturing me on how ‘I should’ be in order to heal from TBI. Those men, those women and those non-binary and two spirit people around me are the reason I am healing and made it this far. You know who you are. I thank you and I love you.
I am blessed and happy to be gradually recovering from the injury yet still struggling with some annoying and disruptive symptoms. I hope they all go a way so I can get back to my life and finish my memoire soon.
We acknowledge that this event is held on the traditional, unceded territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) & xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. The ancestral land of the Coast Salish People. Thank you for allowing us to be on your land
Poet Rise Up is part of (Art Action Hub, Vancouver) Come and listen to poets: Elee Kraljii Gardiner … Rajdeep Dhaliwal … Rita Wong … @Brandy Liên Worrall-Soriano & myself the MC Lozan Yamolky Poets will read poems about climate change and about our beautiful planet so come and listen and be inspired. The poets will bring their published books and chapbooks so come support, local artists.
An old photo of me performing in my backyard ( Arabian Dance ) in 2013 in Maple Ridge
Tomorrow, is Thursday September 5th and it is the Holy Wow Poetic Pasta Recital (I will be the featured poet plus there will be Open Mic) Location: Pitt Meadows Golf Course (Anderson Room) 13615 Harris Rd, Pitt Meadows BC V3Y 2R8
Thursday September 5th, 2019 At: 6:00pm Join us for Pasta Night: Delicious Pasta Buffet $22.95 + Drinks + Gratuity & Tax/person.
As much as I wish to read poetry, tell stories & perform, I can only do one of those things tomorrow 🙂 I can’t wait to see many of my friends there plus my dear uncle Serwan Yamolky will be there and I can’t wait to share poems from my third collection of poetry ( Dreamers Needed ) https://binged.it/2ZL6S79
there is a slight chance that I may surprise them and do dance 🙂 Watch this clip of my uncle’s music soooo sweeeeet