From Mrs. Shalian’s shelf comes another poetry wonder, printed over a hundred years ago and yet whispered as though yesterday. In our search for the future, how can we move forward without knowing the past.
Tagore in The Gardener writes,
“Who are you, reader, reading my poems an hundred years hence?
I cannot send you one single flower from this wealth of the spring, one single streak of gold from yonder clouds. … ”
Why poetry? Words sewn together to create a tapestry of sounds, music that enthralls the spirit.
Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, charms the soul with a passion for nature, love and the sensual teasing of the ear. Read silently, read out loud and enjoy.
I came here to count the bells
that live upon the surface of the sea, Continue reading
Calliope, the muse of epic poetry, daughter of Zeus and legend says she inspired Homer in his writing of the classics Odyssey and the Iliad. An anthology with her name is offering the Women Who Write 2013 International Poetry and Short Prose contest for a submission cost of $12 with a deadline of June 30, 2013. Continue reading
From the personal book collection of Mrs. Artin K. Shalian, an old family friend, I pulled out Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam by Edward Fitzgerald and Illustrated by Edmund Dulac. There is no date on the book – but it may have been published around 1909 or so.
I love these old books that offer a message as though there were just yesterday written.
Ah, my Beloved, fill the Cup that clears
To-day of past Regrets and future fears …
Omar Khayyam, a Persian poet, mathematician, philosopher (18 May 1048 – 4 December 1131) Continue reading
Travelers know the risks, know the loneliness and even know the fear of the ‘what ifs’ starting out on the journey. Yet, each journey is filled with a story to give hope, compassion and a reminder that we are all human and connected. Following is “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal” by Naomi Shahib Nye .
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
I heard the announcement:
If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
Please come to the gate immediately. … Continue reading
What do old tales tells us? We live, we die and the creative spirit within blossoms and sparks the legacy of our life.
Artin K. Shalian captures the spirit of the writer, the storyteller with ancient Armenian tales preserved with great love. Around our kitchen table growing up, I heard the legends of his craft; his love and support for other authors, including Khalil Gibran; and, his devotion to his wife, Baidzar Shalian.
Here is an excerpt, ” Although she was a maiden of the heavens, she still possessed many a caprice of love that could not be satiated in her ethereal state of existence. According to the ordinance of the Great Master, love in its realization would consummate in creativity, and creativity … Continue reading
Sitting on my shelf is a worn, torn and colored Treasured Things children’s book with little poems to recite by poet, Annette Wynne. A telescope into the lives of children and adults in 1922.
If all the news gave out
And there should come a day
With nothing …. Continue reading