There is a time
There is a time

There is a time
to hang on
and a time to let go.
Now is the
letting go time,
the ending time,
leaving the shore time,
handing over my will time,
throwing out time,
inviting in time,
timeless time,
acceptance time,
big time,
definitely high time,
forgetting everything that ever mattered time,
a time of need,
for
‘only God knows’ what.

Still some time left.

2014

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Poems chosen from an anthology of poems called ‘For Crying Out Loud – Voice of an Exile’, published early 2016.

Bettina

Bettina John von Freyend-Peterseil was born at the end of the 2nd World War in Germany. She exiled herself early on, travelling the world, never able to settle anywhere for long. She now lives in the West of Ireland, where she and her husband built their home, raised their children and tended the land. She has been teaching, writing and in the past 15 years creating her collage work.

The poetry compilation ‘For Crying Out Loud- voice of an exile’ comes at a time when globally people are forced to move on a large scale. Bettina offers a personal account of the mindset of a self imposed exile. She reveals her disconnection and her longing to belong mirroring a world also steeped in separation.

Ouevre

Disconnection

Poetry by Bettina

Disconnected, heavily defended, I avoid you when I pass you in the street, our eyes don’t meet, like empty shuttles they seem to be travelling nowhere. Disconnected, heavily defended, I...
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Lakishma 2

Poetry by Bettina

I have grown old and tired. My hair turned white over years of longing and reaching for Lakishma. I have looked for Lakishma around every corner and beneath every stone....
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How do you make green?

Poetry by Bettina

In school they threw her out of painting class. She was useless at colours, she says. Her face is wrinkled now. Her frame has shrunk to the size of a...
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Anthology

Genuine praise

Poetry by Maura Horkan

What is my way to praise? To turn towards my one who hates This part of me that gives up and lies down and accepts death so easily I say...
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अब और क्या माँगू ?

Poetry by Omendra Ratnu

मैं तुझसे पा गया इतना , अब और क्या माँगू ? कि दामन भर गया मेरा, अब और क्या माँगू ? हद-ए-नज़र तक है यहाँ आलम मुफ़लिसी का मैं इतनी  रौनकों से...
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In Between

Poetry by Sanaya

I live in the space between sound I live where you can’t hear the sound of your heart beat I live in pause and rest I live between the staccato...
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