The Power of Poetry: News

“Poetry can bridge the distance to touch hearts all over the world.” – Samanthi Fernando

Featured Poem: Birds of Paradise

The adventure in poetry is, you never know who or what your next source of inspiration will be. And more than that, you may never know who your poetry will touch and how..
Birds of Paradise is a Mother’s Day Poem many readers enjoyed. So what do you think inspired me to write it – birds, siblings or something else? It was a poetic article about a kite show written by my talented friend Sharlene De Chickera. The mother in this poem for me, is Sri Lanka – the paradise where I grew up. But the power of poetry is – for you, it can be any shared motherly figure, who draws her children to the warmth of home. READ Sharlene’s Sunday Times Article


Karma in a song with a story

Michael Gaither’s song Somewhere I Went Right (co-written with John Cirillo) from his new album Hey Karma, tells a beautiful story that touched my heart.

The reflective lyrics in this song, channel karma and gratitude, showcasing the power of poetry.

Check out my review of the album, and find Michael’s fun & sincere Americana music here


THANK YOU to my Many Mothers & Muses

easter-inspirationIn my latest book On Rose Petal Wings you’ll find poems celebrating girlhood, sisterhood, motherhood – all inspired by women I have had the privilege of knowing. Along with many mothers I love (aunts, teachers and mothers of friends), this collection carries some very special dedications to my mother and grandmother. As you’ll see, I had many muses for the colorful characters in this book. So here’s a big THANK YOU to all of them! A special note of gratitude to my friend Jacqueline in Australia – who inspired me with her openhearted nature and mothering spirit. The poem Voyager’s Rose is about her.


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