A Fish Drifted Across the Seas by Kushal Poddar – Love Thy Neighboring Country Series

A Fish Drifted Across The Seas

“During a gunfight,” says the fishmonger
about a scar as long as this country’s map
flashing whenever he dips his head
or lets it upraise against the gloaming’s glory.

We’ve heard that story; ask for it nonetheless.
How a refugee can involve himself
in a skirmish with a cop who has not shot
any subject or any dream featuring his ex.

The fish he sells doesn’t smell fresh always.
We love to purchase from him nonetheless.


Artist Bio:

Authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island’, ‘A Place For Your Ghost AnimalsUnderstanding The Neighborhood’, ‘Scratches Within’, ‘Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems’, ‘Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems’ and now ‘Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse-A Prequel’ (Alien Buddha Press)

To Follow This Artist:

Author Page – amazon.com/author/kushalpoddar_thepoet

Twitter- https://twitter.com/Kushalpoe

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Un/Non Sellable Poem by Kushal Poddar – Love Thy Neighboring Country Series

Un/non sellable Poem

Let’s make children for
those detention centers,
one more, once more.

In the cells of vapor
a face becomes the other.
The other another.

All return, you know;
only you don’t know
what they look like 

A bird on your shower room
window sill stares at you
as if you’re its day’s grain or its genesis.


Artist Bio:

Authored ‘The Circus Came To My Island’, ‘A Place For Your Ghost AnimalsUnderstanding The Neighborhood’, ‘Scratches Within’, ‘Kleptomaniac’s Book of Unoriginal Poems’, ‘Eternity Restoration Project- Selected and New Poems’ and now ‘Herding My Thoughts To The Slaughterhouse-A Prequel’ (Alien Buddha Press)

To Follow This Artist:

Author Page – amazon.com/author/kushalpoddar_thepoet

Twitter- https://twitter.com/Kushalpoe

8:29pm by HanaLena Fennel – Love Thy Neighboring Country Series

8:29 pm

This is a howling moment

caught

held silent

echo in a ribcage scaffolding

degrigated to a flaccid gasping

Self god, could I

have the breakwaters 

the tide and flesh

the empty space 

of self worship

Self god, could I

have the barking

of a low slung belly

gravid and sweet nectar

ripe fruit splitting

Could I have the letting go?

The flood and fire? 

The Self, G-d?

The more than self?


About the Art & Artist:

HanaLena Fennel is a Jewish-Hawaiian American poet. She has writtten a book, Letters to the Leader, published by Moon Tide in response to the numerous executive orders issued during Trump’s term in office. 

Come See This Artist Live:

HanaLena is co-hosting the Resistance Reading Fundraiser for RAICES tonight! Follow this link for details:

https://pondersavant.com/2019/09/03/resistance-reading-fundraiser-for-raices-by-hanalena-fennel-nadia-alamah/

Wild Flower by Huda Tariq – Love Thy Neighboring Country Series

WILD FLOWER

by Huda Tariq

A wild yet beautiful creature i am
Beneath the sky lies the utmost beauty of mine
Cherished happily all around with dirt she wear so perfect 
Never or forever i shall remain as calm as air
I choose to love you in silence 
For in silence i find no rejection
I loved you will all my parts 
And this part right here is delicate 
For you it may intimate or complicate
I will always love you in my own way
Hurt me or break me i will burst into glitter 
By nature’s default i am wild with affection 
For whom this piece of nature is only delight
Never back down in love i believe 
For in love we all bleed till it satisfies 
With little dirt on me with little lit inside me
I will shine high with glowing shattered pieces preserved
No one can run from the nature’s plan
For we all will live single or in a clan
Let the it all in the dirt ,air and all love
None to clarify now with blindness fold we will survive


A Word From the Artist:

I believe we all are flowers and as innocent as flowers we are supposed to be protected and cherished. but the cruel world they pluck and hurt every single flower. Flowers are meant to be spread like the fragrance of love and affection so everyone should treat those flowers with care and nourished them to their fullest rather than cutting the beauty out of the world. we should grow more of them in order to make this world a beautiful yet peaceful place to be but when will we understand that poor us shedding the beauty with our own dirty hands…..

Love Thy Neighboring Country Series

This series is an expression of love for people from every country. It is from the hearts and minds of artist to show the good in the world through their personal mediums.

This series is also a peaceful protest against the inhumane treatment of immigrants and refugees here in the U.S. It is asking that every person, no matter their race, be treated with respect, that children not be torn from their families, that no more people die from our negligent care.

This is not a cry to take side with a political party. It’s a cry that no matter your party, you use your voice to protect basic human rights for every person.

This is not a call to a religion. It’s a cry that no matter your religion, to call upon the part of your belief that reaches out to the poor and the suffering. To not let fear stop you from showing love and compassion to these families.

People are people no matter who we are or where we go. We are full of emotions, of traditions, of expectations. We want to be safe and provide a good life for our kids. Overall, we are all just looking to be loved and know that we belong. No race is free from the human condition, and the more we share with each other, the more we can find the peace and joy in how similar we are.

We get to choose what we will send into the world. We can choose to send fear, or hatred, or lack of care to those in need, or we can choose to send them love and acceptance. Join me in celebrating diversity and choosing to find more ways to love our neighboring countries.

If you would like to participate in this series, please email pondersavant@gmail.com for submission guidelines.



Why Must We Love?

by Mia Savant

Why must we share?
Because it never belonged to us in the first place
No matter how sweetly we paint history
It never changes what was stolen

Because we did not choose our origin
Yet we don’t appreciate what we have
When we are too caught up with fear of loss

Why must we love?
Because building a palace means nothing if it cannot be shared

Because greatness comes not from wealth but from hearts
And hearts don’t operate with coins
And hearts don’t thrive on other people’s suffering
And hearts don’t bleed because of skin color or origin
They bleed from the tears of children
From the wailings of injustice
From the emptiness of a human being treated like a disease
A disease that must be vanquished from our premises and sent back to the jungle where it can infect the land that we don’t care about because we can’t see it

Why must we love?
Why must we love?
Because they are us
and we are them
What we do to them
We do to ourselves

Love Thy Neighbor -ing Country/Call For Submission

Calling for submissions of art in all forms: Poetry, songs, video links, pictures, paintings, etc.

In this series, I am joining together people’s art as a form of peaceful protest against the recent attack on immigrants and refugees in the U.S. I want to combat the inhumane treatment and hateful speech by creating a space where people can express the greatness that comes from loving other countries and cultures. People are people no matter which country they come from and all deserve to be treated with compassion and respect.

Together, let’s make the sounds of love cry out so loudly that the hate cannot be heard in its midst.

Submissions ~

Subject: Art in regards to protests against the recent inhumane treatment of refugees in the U.S., fighting against racism, embracing immigrants, and finding the love and joy in surrounding countries and cultures.

About your Art: Please include a brief summary as to the meaning behind your submission or what is on your heart about the subject.

Picture: Please submit a picture of yourself or one that represents your work.

Links: Lastly, if you have any links that you would like to be shared, feel free to include any social media or website links to be attached to your feature.

Submit To~

Mia Savant – pondersavant@gmail.com. Please type: ‘Love Thy Neighbor-ing Country Submission’ in the subject line.

Deadline~

I intend for this to be an ongoing series, so as of right now, no deadline is set.