World of Stars is a collection of poetry that portrays the beauties of nature and human experiences in the world. The poems enumerate various places, events, personas, notions and conditions that deserve poetic attention. A portion of the poems are made for tributes and gratitude to great personas who make this world as adorable as it is.
The poems are on varied topics and distinct from each other. Abstract and subjective ideas are woven into the poems to highlight the degree of transcendence. All the poems are metrical composition. By illustrating the good side of the world and nature within it, the poems aim to elevate people to a good way of looking at life as beautiful and meaningful.
Heroes and Heroines
Coronavirus invaded the world by surprise
And forced lockdowns to every enterprise.
As days and nights were filled with crisis
Doctors and nurses defended human species.
Deadly virus spread fast like wild fire
Overwhelming conditions of health care
Covid virus paralleled modern warfare
But doctors and nurses fought it harder.
Without worries for their own safety
With great endeavour to save humanity,
As heroes and heroines with most reality
Doctors and nurses are the best of society.
The pandemic appears contained on balance
Kudos to all healthcare workers for brilliance.
Majestic in appearance and deep in substance
Doctors and nurses are noblest at every glance.
If not for the greatness of modern medicine
Covid would have killed all behind the scene.
Like midnight stars that adorn a blue sky
Doctors and nurses adorn the world on the fly.
My Publishing Journey
My journey to publishing started five years ago when I realized poetry is a good genre in the arts. I started to polish and polish as well as I could and started to feel my material is worth publishing and make it available to the public at large instead of keeping it only to myself. As I moved through editing and rewritings all through the text, I felt like a published author. I already have read so many poetry books published by well-known poets such as William Blake, Edgar Allan Poe and Ezra Pound extensively, I decided to be one of the poets who lived on the planet. And my eagerness grew and I believed my poems would be as good as the poems I have read. And I started to look for a publisher around the city I live in.
My search for publishers was very disheartening and daunting. My experience towards publishing and finding a publisher was so low, and I, at times felt I’d have to let it go. I sent numerous emails and letters to many traditional publishers around Canada and USA and was not given a chance. At some point, I decided to write more than one collection of poetry and started to write another with a different style than I already had. Starting a new project didn’t give me hope of publishing the first one however, I got through polishing more and more until I became confident in the work I did create. Amidst hopelessness and frustration, I thought of being a self-published author. Deciding to self-publish has not quelled my frustration because I haven’t had enough money that is required for self-publishing. Nevertheless, I decided to dip into my emergency fund in my bank account. There were two reasons why I decided to spend all the money I had. The first one is, to see my work published in my lifetime. The second reason is one very personal: I haven’t had any child in my life, so I wanted my book to be my legacy. Then after many searches, I found Tellwell publishing company and jumped on board. Thus, I emerged as a published author.
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The world and life in general was promising to me until I was 17 years in my native country of Ethiopia. While a high school student in 1974, the world around me came crashing down when communist military Junta took state power and soon started a killing spree, at times committing mass murder. This was very traumatizing and the start of Stalinist ‘Red Terror’ on the ground. It was bad enough to hate being in life. From this, I quickly learnt life in the world is about taking on adventures.
With six of my school friends and one of our teachers, we formed an alliance to take action against the Junta. With 2 years of preparation we had managed to inform the public and get the local police headquarters on our side. Then, in April 1976 we staged a rebellion without violence in Nekempte, provincial capital of Welega. The revolt was short-lived, nothing lost with little gain. Amidst media control of the Junta, the news of rebellion was heard across the country. After that, my friends and I vowed to individually take on challenges for democracy as a life-long mission. We split apart and I went underground. When the security situation became harsh, I left the country for Sudan.
Despite traumatizing news and the realities around me with the ‘Periods of Gloom and Doom’, I took refuge in reading classical poetry which became my long time passion.
After a long journey through ups and downs, I suffered a car accident in Sudan, and left Africa all together - migrating to Canada in 1990. Through my journey in life, I looked around for a drug of relief from grief and nostalgia. Poetry reading had become my choice for entertainment and to delete bad memories and traumas. Soon after I realized that positive poetry is as good as drugs, music and paintings are, I decided to write one and here I begin with World of Stars.
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