Calling all Writers, Poets, and Artists! Help a Good Cause!

10 Aug

Hi everyone,

I am reblogging this post from On the Plum Tree. It is a request for submissions of poems, writings, songs and art work for an event to be held on Spetember 15th to benefit Sahel, a region in Africa hit by a horrible drought that has left a lot of people dying from starvation and other diseases. I am sending in a poem that I am writing. I thought maybe others would like to know about it too.



Dr Niamh On The Plum Tree

those who have; those who have not
those who dream; those who do not
those who consume world resources; those who have nothing
those who complain about rain; those who die for rain

How Do We Show Solidarity?  

Dust bites. Red storms strip all before them. Grains of sand are sharp, gritty, punishing. Winds come suddenly, filling the sky with feminine pink. Hazy colour has the thrust of pestilence, steals your breath, fills your lungs and blasts your eyes.

The blistering orb strips clean your bones, X-rays skin’s thin veneer. There is nowhere to hide from sun such as this. The Sahelian sun is different to the one under which I live.

I love rain.

I could not live there.

I did live there once in a mud hut with a grass roof. I fended off scorpions and hunting spiders. I slept beneath a mosquito net. Nevertheless, mosquitos found…

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16 Responses to “Calling all Writers, Poets, and Artists! Help a Good Cause!”

  1. Joanna Marple August 10, 2012 at 9:14 am #

    Wonderful that you are plugging this, Erik. I am considering a submission too!


  2. Kirsten Larson August 10, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    This is a wonderful idea, Erik. Thanks for letting us know about it.


  3. patientdreamer August 10, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    This is wonderful, thanks for letting us know Erik.


  4. Patricia Tilton August 10, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Such a unique project and worthy cause that continues to grow worldwide. Glad you’re submitting. Advertized on my FB. Dr. Niam Clune’s article is powerful.


    • ontheplumtree August 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

      Thank you Patricia. Spreading the word is so important. Even of people do not send in something, promoting the event so that people will download the anthology is more important.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 11, 2012 at 9:54 am #

      The article IS powerful AND important! Thanks for sharing it!


  5. Susanna Leonard Hill August 11, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    What a great cause to be supporting, Erik. Thanks for sharing with us.


  6. Jess Haight August 11, 2012 at 7:16 pm #

    Thanks so much for reposting and sharing! This is a great cause and I had no idea about it.


  7. Myra GB August 13, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Very powerful post, Erik. Just seeing that you care is already heartwarming for me. 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks August 15, 2012 at 9:02 am #

      It seems like such a big problem, but I think the more people who know about it, the more help there will be.


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