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[Poetry Friday] Listen To The Song Of The Universe

"The Universe Sings" by Frank Lapena.

Myra here.

Thank you to Heidi Mordhorst @ My Juicy Little Universe for hosting this week.

When The Light Of The World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through

Edited by Joy Harjo with Leanne Howe, Jennifer Elise Foerster, and Contributing Editors (Amazon | Book Depository)

I bought this book specifically for our current reading theme on #SurvivalStories2021 as we attempt to ‘decolonize our libraries’ and feature more voices from First Nations people. I dip in and out of this book – it is quite the chunkster – and found this poem by Frank Lapena, Nomtipom Wintu. He served as Professor of Art and Ethnic Studies and director of Native American Studies at Sacramento State University for more than thirty years. He passed away in 2019. There is much joy in this poem.

To dance with so much joy for the gifts the universe brings – there is freedom in this. Have you read this edited anthology yet? Any favourites from the collection?

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

8 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Listen To The Song Of The Universe

  1. There is so much light, color, joy, and spirit in these lines. “Whispering in the color of blue pollen…” I may have to lift that line someday (with due credit). I’ve read many times over now, just to fling the arms of my mind open wide to the universe, to grasp the tiny paws of the sun-colored mouse, to dance and sing along with his joy in the flowers. When the COVID-winter subdued us, spring-healing came through. What a gift today – thank you, Myra.

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  2. lindabaie

    All those colors that we need to remember, to celebrate. It is a beautiful poem, Myra!


  3. haitiruth

    What a wonderful poem! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com


  4. Hi, Myra–what a great selection from this ‘chunkster’ of a book. It must have been hard to choose! Thank you for always highlighting something I have not come across. I’m glad you’re a part of Poetry Friday, from so far away.

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  5. Wow, what lovely imagery in this. Thank you, Myra, for sharing!

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  6. It is joyful imagery in this, the pollen, the flowers, a mouse celebrating. Lovely poem! The book must be a fascinating collection.

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  7. Kay Mcgriff

    I love the color and dancing and joy in this poem.

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  8. This poem does fill the mind and heart, Myra – so intriguing and uplifting. Thank you for sharing this joyful selection and the anthology! (& ditto Heidi’s last comment!)

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