Summer

Summer
When possibility
Permeates everything

The canyons and creeks
Haven’t changed
But you..

Find joy
On a new path
Towards greater vistas

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems


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Rocks

Inspired by the view from Artist Point – Mount Diablo State Park, California. See more nature poems in the book Enchanted Bay Area


Looking back over
Everything that was
Getting over the rocks
That were harder to pass

Time is the healer
That tirelessly draws
A pattern of hope
Over life’s great expanse

Seeing the bigger picture
Beautiful with the scars
A point to be grateful..
Rocks can be north stars

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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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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A Musical Companion

I just added Michael Gaither’s newest Album Hey Karma to my music library.

As you may have already guessed from my poetry, I have a Musical Heart and love to listen to songs that spark the imagination – especially lyrical creations that have strings (guitars, banjos, mandolins etc.) in the background. This mix of songs by our Northern California local Americana singer-songwriter is both melodic and entertaining (as usual). Take it along the road as a musical companion as you brave the Bay Area traffic. And if you work in the Silicon Valley or anywhere in Technology – check out the song “Best of Breed Romance”, I guarantee a smile and you wont be disappointed!

My personal favorite on this album is “Somewhere I Went Right”. Find yours here
and listen to the title track “Hey Karma” live on KPIG radio

Discover all of Michael’s music and fun stories at michaelgaither.com

Samanthi Fernando, Author Musical Heart

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My Take..

Take great delight
In every lovely thing
Take note of kindness
Give thanks for each one

Take to your heart
Moments that shine
Take time to drink it in
Before the moment’s gone

Take every step in faith
On every road you take
And take your gifts to God
For the grace to go on

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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Poetry about Places

Manifesting the Book: Enchanted Bay Area

Early in 2016, I started out with a handful of new nature inspired poems and a big goal to publish another Book of Poetry about Places. Here is a look at my journey and how I found inspiration to create Enchanted Bay Area.

Visualization:

As a child I imagined enchanted places I had never seen… In the San Francisco Bay Area, I discovered the landscapes I dreamed about really did exist. “Enchanted” is what springs to mind every time I see a redwood tree. This word has been in my heart ever since I read about the The Enchanted Wood in Enid Blyton’s Faraway Tree series many many years ago. A word that I felt had to be in a title of one of my own books.

After publishing my first book California Serenade, I knew writing poetry about nature and places was far from over. There was more inspiration out there and I was prepared to receive it. A memorable visit to Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, Southern California moved me to put a beautiful sunset on my vision board for a future book cover. And the power of visualization was at work…

Direction:

After releasing Sparkle Forever celebrating Friendship, I began writing a new batch of poems with divine promptings through nature. And the February sunshine revealed a new goal – to dedicate my next collection to the Bay Area. My favorite quotation from the Bible in Philippians 4:8 always reminds me to think about whatever is lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Keeping this scripture front and center, I put my heart into writing a Book of nature inspired poems – about the place I love.

Production:

Production took 6 months, drawing inspiration from magical experiences over several years – living, visiting and working in various parts of the Bay Area. Some of the poems were composed during commutes to the Silicon Valley – some during quiet time looking back on travels in Northern California. One was written after watching an episode of OpenRoad with Doug McConnell. Another seeing a flower outside my door…

Motivation:

Staying energized and hopeful about the project was easy as I made joyful discoveries along the way. One significant piece of literature I read during the making of this book, was “The Canticle of Creation by Saint Francis of Assisi”. Hence the poem Visitation. From concept to finished product, I am most grateful for the friends who listened to me talk about the Book and encouraged me while I was working on it. An essential part of the process!

Completion:

Completing Painter’s Rhapsody, my favorite poem in the collection, was my sign to prepare to publish. Finding a photo for the cover was a challenge and I was blessed to be connected with Ron Horii who had the perfect image waiting for me – I just had to comb through his wonderful collection to find it. While I started out looking for a photo of the hills and wildflowers, when I saw the Hayward shoreline at sunset – I knew this was the one.

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I hope the poems in Enchanted Bay Area inspire you to venture outdoors and explore beautiful places – relishing every opportunity to be in nature – noticing whatever is lovely, everywhere.

Be open to the magic!
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Rainy Dawn

The azure blue heavens
covered with splashes of silver

The cold morning is filled
with rain clouds all over

But the sun still remembers
to stream from beyond..

How beautiful is this rainy dawn

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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An Author’s Dream

Sparkle Forever – Celebration of Friendship

January 8, 2017 – Grand Oriental Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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It was a dream come true to complete the dedication of Sparkle Forever and celebrate friendship with those who inspired many of the poems in the book. My deepest gratitude to my family for organizing this lovely presentation.

Thank you to all who attended. It was wonderful to see old friends and share my poetry with you. Special thanks to Lilanthi, Dulanie, Viranthi and their talented daughters for making the event a great success.

It was a joy to show my appreciation to the guests of honor – my Teachers! The grand finale was my father singing the Friendship Song he composed for the occasion.

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DEDICATION: 25 year remembrance for my dear friend Saumya (Sam) Almeida who taught me and many others what Friendship Unlimited was all about.

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I Thank God

I give thanks for all the angels
God has provided for my journey
Those who I know are with me
and those I am blessed to be with

I give thanks for the ones
who continue to care
And those who cared once
when I needed them most

I give thanks for the privilege
of knowing I am loved
On Thanksgiving morning
I thank God for you

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems

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Pink Gift

Inspired by a spectacular November sunrise in the Bay Area


A pink glow
Across the horizon
The precursor
For a burst of silver

Heading eastward
Into the winter
A gift of fresh hope
Wrapped in gold

When the heart needs
New inspiration
And the road takes me
Away from home

God knows
How to unveil
The unwritten psalm
In a spectacular sunrise

Samanthi Fernando © Starsafire Poems


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