Who was I?
Who was I?

Who was I before I forgot your face?
Who was I before I forgot your name?
Who was I before?
My mother’s face, my father’s face, my brother’s face.
Mother Earth, Father Sky, Brother Wind.
Uya – Uya – Uya – Uhhhh
Mother Earth, Father Sky, Brother Wind return to me,
Uya – Uya – Uya-
Pure sound come back to me,
So I can be,
who I was,
before I forgot your name

The O – the M – the A – the YA –
The OM MAYA

2011

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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

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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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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There is a time

Poetry by Bettina

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...
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Anthology

ख़ामोशी


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Poetry by ख़ामोशी

हर आवाज़ के पीछे एक ख़ामोशी छुप्पी खड़ी है तुम आवाज़ों को मत छोड़ना बस आवाज़ों की लहरों पर तैरना सीख लो यह आवाज़ें तुम्हे अपने आगोश मे लेकर फिर...
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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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Do Not Ask

Poetry by Gaurav Mathur

Victim or victor I am not Friend or lover I am not Poet or philosopher I am not Seeker or seer I am not Thought or thinker I am not...
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