Stories about life, love and travel that inspired the poet to write. Listen to poetry readings and responses.
Listen to ‘Speaking to The Universe’ spoken word to music introduction of my fourth podcast Poetry Show.
Travel allows us to do things we don’t normally do. Once I had an idea with some friends to have a Bohemian adventure in Paris. You can find more about it by googling ‘Bohemian Adventure in Paris,’ including a Youtube clip. I did it to maybe win a trip overseas. It was a lot of fun to do!
What’s one thing you’ve done overseas that you’d never do in your home country? We’ve heard some bad stuff people do… I don’t want to hear any of that…
One thing I did do was voice lessons with Leila Florentino in Paris. Listen to my Podcast for more on that. It was so surreal when I found my voice and the way it sounded. My greatest wish was to have the skills to create lyrics using my poems and sing them to music.
I’ve done some audios for which you can find on Soundcloud. I recite some poems on my Fourth Podcast, one of which is called ‘Beauty and You’. Listen to it here. The cover of the song is the big beautiful, rare Cycad I talk about.
I read poetry that appreciates the hidden beauty of things. Sometimes we find beauty, not just in every day life, but also in unpredictable places. One place close to my heart is the Bushland just across from where I grew up in Ludmilla, Darwin. One day, on my usual walkabout I saw the beautiful Cycad. Listen to the story on my Podcast.
Is there a place close to your heart where you grew up?
I created a beautiful book with photographs of the Bushland called ‘The Hidden Beauty of Darwin, Australia’. This is the film clip of it! My favourite Australian animal is The Black Kite, and it used to glide around my car as I was driving home. It’s a special bird because it senses you. Again, more on my Podcast!
The poem ‘From Behind’ is about a woman, and her face is not seen because she is sad inside. She’s in trouble and she doesn’t show her face because it’s unreadable. This is symbolic for ‘not seeing the true version of the person,’ but the person ‘behind’ from the back and they look ‘beautiful’, hence covering their emotions. I wrote the poem after a dance session with Darwin Dance Collection. After a deep and meaningful chat, I end with a thought to take away with you.
Life is too short to take everything so seriously. You have choices, possibly more than others might have. Be true to yourself inside and out. But always keep something for you because that’s beautiful. It’s where the magic spark of a person comes from, and what makes them so interesting.
Deep down I hope my nephews and nieces are listening, in the hope they might take some advice on life from their Aunty Maria. But of course experience talks louder than words.
Take care, and talk again soon!
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