Saturday, February 23, 2013

Homesick, Paris Poet Society style

Paris Poet society member Sherry Scott loves Naomi Shihab Nye and thought of her when I started with Alice Walker- they are personal friends and are activists on some of the same issues. She is a Palestinean-American who resides in San Antonio, where Sherry first met her. She is a very accomplished poet who has written or edited 30 books and has been a recipient of many awards and several fellowships. She is an integral part of the poetry festival that happens at Festival Hill in Roundtop, Texas every spring. This poem is taken from her book Transfer, published in 2011; the book  was written in memory of her father.

Our father
who was always our father
not always our father
not always
once a confident schoolboy
strolling Jerusalem streets
He knew the alleyways
spoke to stones
All his life he would pick up stones
and pocket them
On some he drew
What do we say in the wake of one
who was always homesick?
Are you home now?
Is Palestine peaceful in some dimension
we can't see?
Do Jews and Arabs share the table?
Is holy in the middle?

Note from Syd:  I am dedicating most of my posts to Poetry this month.  

More such posts:   Hands, Paris Poet Society Style

Friday, February 15, 2013

To the Heart of the Matter, Paris Poetry Style

The Core

Come in
This far, right here
no farther
you think you know?
this be the bathwater
not the baby
peel off layers, you will get
nothing but a mess on the floor
this part, this heart
this tiny place, unknowable
mine, I keep it
Scrape the outside raw
you ain’t touching it, you couldn’t
not in a million tries
a million lies
no kryptonite here
no magic dagger to pierce
no map.
disconnected, unplugged, off
the grid
All you get
a glimpse, a peek, a hint
like a stream
direction changes
but the water still flows where it will

Copyright 2013 by Dee Martin, reprinted by permission

About this Paris Poet Society Member, in her very own words:  

My family and I transplanted to Paris nearly twenty years ago. Paris has given us friends, a quiet place to raise children and often small surprises like the Paris Poets Society - a great group of talented creative people that it has been my honor to get to know.

Six years ago my husband became ill and a friend helped me set up a blog so that I could update family and friends during his stays at the hospital. I still post personal journal entries there from time to time, but for the last few years I have posted short fiction pieces and poetry. Lately my muse has been on walkabout so I visit Tommy Stone on facebook and his beautiful photographs sing me a song and I write down the words.

You can visit me at

Thank you Sydney for graciously sharing your blogging home!

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Thank you, Dee -- really needed that poem tonight, just love it!  Sydney 

Additional Note from Syd:  I am dedicating most of my posts to Poetry this month.  To see why read:   February, Paris Poet Society Style

More such posts:   Hands, Paris Poet Society Style

For the Love of Theater, Paris Poet Society Style 

Homesick, Paris Poet Society Style 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

O'Keeffe! Marfa, in Paris, Texas this weekend!

Speaking of Theater, this is coming to Paris, Texas, at Paris Community Theatre, this weekend February 15-17, 2013. Looks excellent!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

For the Love of Theatre, Paris Poet Society Style

The Life of a Play

We stand, silhouetted, 
against the backdrop 
of life.

 Holding hands in the dark, 
but with eyes 
of strife and madness.
 The lights come up, 
and with all 
our might.
 We’ll show 
our chemistry, 
the night.

 Our play is performed 
and the crowd
doth jeer.
 And left 
with a sense 
of what’s right 
what’s wrong,
They wonder, a while,
About why 
they are here.

 The show 
is over 
and the costumes 
And we leave 
with a love 
than cannot 
We revel in this world 
of beauty 
and light.
This we will remember, 
from our time 
on this stage of our life.

Spencer Sansom

Copyright 2013, Spencer Sansom 

About this Paris Poet Society Member:

One of the newest members of the Paris Poet Society is Spencer Sansom (far left) who is a senior at a local high school, and who has many interests, not the least of these being  theater and writing.     

Note by Syd:  As you can see, Paris Texas has a particularly unique theater /arts environment.   I will soon post information on the upcoming PCT theater season so that you will all know what you have to look forward to and so that you can make your plans to turn off your TV and come be engaged.

Additional Note from Syd:  I am dedicating most of my posts to Poetry this month.  To see why read:   February, Paris Poet Society Style

More such posts:   Hands, Paris Poet Society Style

Homesick, Paris Poet Society Style