Author Archives: Namaya

Travel Is An Essential Color to our Souls’ Palette

Travel is an essential color in my palette of wonder. The comfort of my home in the woods, overlooking blue heron pond, with all my creative toys, holds me in a serene enchantment…   but the wind carries fragrances from exotic lands, birds land on my porch with stories in their wings, and the clouds with their tales of journeys ... Read More »

Thank you for your service – please, work for peace

I had my veterans for peace hat on and a young man came by and said, “Thank you for your service, sir.” And he shook my hand.   “Thank you.” I said. “But can you do me a favor?”   He seemed surprised, but quickly said, “Yes, sir.”   “Do something for peace every day. Stand up against the military ... Read More »

Celebrate Life at Everyone’s Books 22 Sept 6 PM and a poem

Friday 22 September 2017 at 6 PM at Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro – Vermont poet and storyteller will read selections from his new book “CELEBRATE LIFE: VIVA LA VIDA” published by Vermont Art Poetry Press.  Copies of the book are currently at the bookstore. Namaya said, “This is a collection of stories and poems, some will make you laugh like “Slugs as ... Read More »

Shy Erotic Kisses of Emily Dickinson

If a flower can imagine the presence of love, why can't we heal the world.

I love the shy erotic kisses of Emily Dickinson.   Sequestered in myth as a recluse spinster.   but your hot passionate kisses of word and song   burn with erotic    bliss in my soul.   …Songs of your Moorish lovers    and tales of midnight    rendezvous.   How well have we loved these many years   as ... Read More »

MALIKA AL JAZEERA: QUEEN of the ISLANDS – by Namaya

There is the legend of the Queen of the Islands, Malika Al Jazeera, A myth…. or so I believed… till one moon inspired night in the labyrinth of Algiers.   “La Belle Dame Algiers” I sailed along the Berber coast, past the shores of Tangiers and the caves of Hercules, veering   off the cape of Oran, until a storm ... Read More »

Keep the Statues of the Slave-holders, but….mark their deeds.

Thomas Jefferson fathered a half dozen             children with his African American slave – Sally Hemmings. He probably fathered more with other slaves.   He owned hundreds of slaves…             men, women, and children who toiled for him, while he wrote             the Declaration of Independence, “All Men are created equal.”   Did he ponder those words looking out to ... Read More »

At 62, before I go… and a brief Update

                        I’m not going, yet… I’m mostly healthy and fit, a lot of bumps and bruises from life.   It is nearing autumn, friends had died this past year, and the memory of their incomplete lives haunts me.   The rustling bones of autumn leaves dance in the wind.   ... Read More »

Yemen Burns in My Soul and Conscience

Yemen steadily destroyed by Saudi Arabia, bombed by drones from the USA, and dying from the complicity of its Muslim brothers.   When Muslims kill Muslims and shout out, “Allah Ahbar! God is great!”  Does Allah and the Prophet weep or laugh?   My beloved and beautiful Yemen, orphan of poverty and war. You are a harbinger of this century ... Read More »

Mitochondria of Love

It is the pulse of love, pulsing mitochondria of love. Feel the energy! Feel the energy! Love is the power of women reaching out to surround the world. The power of life, love, and transformation. The energy to heal the world that starts at the cellular level. This art before you, por mi hermana, Laura Olalde, is the art of ... Read More »

DWB (Driving while Black)IN VERMONT

  Two friends from Cameroon were guests of ours for a few days. Both are well educated and well spoken, and have lived in the USA for a few years.  They indicated they were traveling by car in Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut;   I reluctantly gave them my perspective on DWB, Driving While Black, a phenomena that is well known to ... Read More »

Celebrate Life: Viva La Vida – Introduction

  Yes. Yes – to life.  Yes – to the extraordinary possibilities in life. What inspires you? What is your manifesto in life? What satisfies you deeply – to the bone?  “Celebrate Life” are stories, anecdotes, and, yes, poems about the journey of life.  Don’t be scared of the poems.  They ain’t fancy or intellectual things; they’re more bread and ... Read More »

This Is Child Rape

An art installation by Namaya about the cover up in the Catholic Church. A plea for Pope Francis to finally do something to stop this. “This is not pedophilia. This is Child Rape. Stop Child Rape!” Read More »

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