Poem from Benedicte Delachanal

Well I asked for poems, and poems I did receive 🙂

Today is the first day of 2011 National Poetry Week and to start the celebrations I am posting this wonderful poem from French/Canadian visual artiste Benedicte Delachanal.

She was kind enough to conjure up an illustration as an accompaniment (it feels like Christmas 😉 )

Illustration by Benedicte Delachanal

to be or not to be

Je suis
I am
Of two cultures
Of two countries
Of both sides
of the Big Blue

You have no culture
no more,
they say

You have no language
no more,
they say

Je parle,
I speak

Mélange
Mix

Ameripean
Eurorican
I am, je suis

My heart
is in the middle
of the Atlantic

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Thanks Benedicte 🙂 That is simply splendiferous.

Note: It’s not too late for people to send me poems (and illustrations or photos are always welcome).