Vacation mode on

Hello everyone
I am just enjoying this vacation! We arrived yesterday to Punat, walked around, went to the beach and today we are having a breakfast with a nice view and then we are off to a beach that is claimed to be Punat’s most beautiful beach. It’s a bit hard to get there because we have to park the car and then walk to the beach. We are literally wearing sneakers to go there.

Punat beach

I just wanted to check in with you guys. I am keeping my promis and taking videos of everything we visit, see, eat and drink to make a little vlog for you. I already know I will spend days learning how to edit but I am looking forward to this new project

Hope you are all doing well!

Sending love and positive vibes,
Luna

Guest Post Information

This blog is expanding really fast, new followers are coming on board every single day and I’m thrilled! Our little community is not that little anymore!

Since new bloggers who join us have questions about guest posts and don’t feel like digging through the blog to find all of the previous posts here are the two ways you can guest post on Luna. I will probably repeat this post after every 200-400 new followers just to keep everyone up to speed.

So our beloved POETRY BAR – here you send your poetry works to poetrybar1@gmail.com together with a few words about yourself and a link to your blog and an Instagram account if you have one since The Poetry Bar does and we post your works there also. Check it out here:  https://www.instagram.com/the.poetrybar/

Our second guest post category is #savingme project – here you can share your stories about any type of abuse you’ve experienced. The email is savingmestory@gmail.com. The project was made to let abuse victims know they are not alone. If you don’t want to share your whole story, you can share how you got out, some advice to people going through this hell currently. It’s a safe place and your story can be published completely anonymously. Also, you can see that I post about my own experience with domestic abuse and not only my story but my thoughts, mechanisms that helped me overcome it etc.

Can’t wait to see what you send!

Sending love and positive vibes,
Luna

Black Lives Matter

The title speaks for itself. For all of you protesting right now, I hope you are staying safe and my heart goes out to you and to the family of George Floyd and all the others who have been victims of racism and police brutality.

It has taken me a while to post about Black Lives Matter Protest and the reason is simple. I am uneducated about the subject and what I have been doing since the protest started was reading and educating myself on what is happening right now and how we can contribute to the movement. Educating myself on the matter is not enough to contribute to the movement and the protest when I have you guys. This platform I have here is a small platform but it’s still public and every contribution to the movement counts.

I am giving my platform to anyone who wants to speak up about racism in the form of poetry, your own experience with racism and police brutality or to write about the protest if you are protesting or observing them. You can reach out to me on poetrybar1@gmail.com. Since there are many e-mails for Poetry Bar submissions and I always publish your works chronologically, please put #BLM as the subject of your e-mail and I will publish it with priority, possibly on the same day when you send it in. Also, write down in the comments ways that people can contribute to BLM, if I forgot or missed any in this post.

I am just going to try to share here as much useful information I can on how you can help and support BLM which include:

  • Petitions
  • Donations
  • Educating yourself
  1. Petitions you can sign (just click on the name):

Justice For George Floyd

#wecantBREATHE

Justice for Breonna Taylor

Justice for Ahmaud Arbery! I Run with Maud!

2. You can find many ways to donate money in the following article: Where to Donate For Black Lives Matter

If you do not have money to donate, you can donate without donating by watching ads on YT. For some of you this sounds weird but it is possible. There are videos made that last for about an hour and all you need to do is play the video and DO NOT SKIP THE ADS and TURN OFF YOUR AD BLOCKER. Also, if you see a YT blogger telling you that they will donate everything to BLM, don’t skip the ads on their videos either.

Some of the videos you can watch to donate money without donating money are:

how to financially help BLM with NO MONEY/leaving your house (Invest in the future for FREE)

UK BASED | DONATE FOR FREE TO BLACK LIVES MATTER FOR FREE | STREAM VIDEO TO DONATE!🖤

There are many others and even playlists done to support the movement. Put the videos on and just let them stream, do not skip the ads and make sure to watch about 3-5 videos in between and then go back to the videos which donate ad revenue to BLM.

3. EDUCATION

I am going to start with some videos I believe are worth watching and below you can find links to useful resources, lists of documentaries, series and books you can watch/read to educate yourself about BLM. This might not sound like a contribution to some, but it is important because ignorance will continue to spread hate. Watch, learn, listen, read and support.

YT videos:

We Cannot Stay Silent About George Floyd | Patriot Act Digital Exclusive | Netflix

George Floyd, Minneapolis Protests, Ahmaud Arbery & Amy Cooper | The Daily Social Distancing Show

Follow the news and also, many late night and daily show hosts are covering the news on their YT channels so you can follow them as well.

Educate Yourself with Documentaries / Film

Netflix & Prime Shows to Watch, to Educate Yourself on Black Oppression

Books to educate yourself

UNDERSTAND THE BROKEN POLICING SYSTEM:

Police Accountability: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO) (this video is from 2016 and it’s still relevant)

The Broken Policing System | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

With the deranged shit coming out of Trumps mouth (now more than ever), more and more people are mentioning America and authoritarianism in the same sentence. Trump has to go. If you do not understand the concept of authoritarianism, watch this: Authoritarianism: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO). All I can say is this: Trump has to go.

One of the key weapons in the fight against systematic racism and the protests has been a camera and social media. Document everything, film everything, livestream it, share it on social media for the world to see. We have seen in the last few months that this connection the world has through the internet can go a long way so we have to use every single channel we have at our disposal to support BLM.

I will update this post regularly and, as I said before, write down in the comments ways people can help and contribute to BLM.

I love you all ❤

Bound

Bound to this room
Hobbled don’t stray
Dream to be free
Escape from these
Invisible ropes
A spell too strong
For any soul
To break and live
Am I awake?
Dream me a path
Cross calm oceans
A starlit night
Surely madness
Thoughts of escape
Claustrophobic
Insanity
A caged creature
Unnatural
Never was born
Not to wander
To roam so far
The breath of life
To live again
To slip the chains
But no, not now
Now I awake
The nightmare real
Tight-tethered tamed
shackled, secured
This ill-conceived
Bleak illusion
Will break me if
Eternity

I have blogged about my visual art for a while but have only started to dabble with writing and words in my second wordpress blog https://wordsofdelights.wordpress.com/

My poem can also be found here https://wordsofdelights.wordpress.com/2020/05/11/bound/

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If you would like to have your work published in The Poetry Bar send your poem, a few words about yourself and the link to your blog and Instagram account to the e-mail poetrybar1@gmail.com

What is actually going on?

Hello everyone!

I got back to my apartment now with my mom. We spent the morning and had lunch at my sisters because we were scared to be in our building due to the earthquake I wrote to you about in the morning.

There have been some reports about it in English as well:
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/03/croatia-zagreb-rocked-powerful-earthquake-200322080421838.html

I do not have the words to describe what is going on. I understand the situation, I know that most of our hospitals are damaged, children in incubators were transported by our military and people lost their homes. Some of them won’t be able to return to their apartments because its unsafe. During the earthquake people ran to the streets and we broke a lot of rules about social distancing due to the Coronavirus and this earthquake made the outbreak even worse.

I know that we are giving our best to provide for the families in need now and to safely transport people to hospitals which weren’t damaged. People also brought blankets to patients who were evacuated from hospitals and meals were being given out to people who had to wait out in the cold. My city was affected by the earthquake but not as much as Zagreb and my heart goes out to all of the families suffering the consequences of this terrible earthquake.

And I still have no words. Just two weeks ago my biggest concern was my job, the guy I was dating a few weeks ago, I also had a night out with my work crew. I actually had the option of going to the store whenever needed and now all of the sudden the streets are empty, cops are patrolling, an earthquake happened and I just do not know what to say. Do you ever have the feeling like you are just observing things that are happening to you and in your surroundings but as if you are just not living through it. It’s very hard for me to explain this state I am in but it did help me today. I didn’t panic, I have been very calm most of the day. I had to hold back my tears seeing mothers with newborns standing in front of the hospital and babies in incubators being transported by the military. This is a very difficult time for our country and for our capital.

I just wanted to check in, let you know that I am okay and that Zagreb is pushing through this. We are fighting this, we are defending ourselves from Corona and we are not giving up! Thank you all for the kind comments and wishes!

Please stay safe, wash your hands and practice social distancing.

Sending love and positive vibes,
Luna

Zagreb earthquake

I was woken up today by an earthquake 5.4 magnitude. My building, bed – everything was shaking. I just heard my mother scream out my name. Building in Zagreb are destroyed, hospitals are damaged and during the Coronavirus outbreak people had to go outside because it wasn’t safe inside.

One child was injured during the earthquake inside of the hospital and doctors are fighting for his life. Mothers and newborns are being evacuated, wrapped only in blankets and mothers that should give birth are being placed inside of cars and they will deliver the children in cars.

I have no words. I just don’t know what to say. We are still waiting for updates.
Croatia ❤️

Coronavirus

Hello everyone!

I didn’t think I would ever do this type of post, but I think it was necessary. Just to point out at the beginning, I do not have Corona but my heart and prayers go out to everyone that is currently ill, in a hospital or in quarantine.

Croatia has been affected by the virus and it is spreading but the condition is not as bad and as devastating as in Italy. Our government is already agreeing to closing schools and kindergartens but we do have some issues with closing our borders because we import a lot of our food from other countries, Italy included.

I am not a doctor and do not have any expertise in this area, but please if your country or city have been affected by the virus, try your best to stay inside as much as possible and to wash your hands as often as you can. You can also buy sanitizers which are pocket size and carry them around in your purse or jacket. Please, follow the guidelines that your government has issued regarding your health and protection from the virus.

If you have a car, please use it to travel to work and avoid public transportation or any type of business trips. I think that the awareness is on a high level regarding this virus and that companies are being more careful. I know that in Croatia a lot of my friends who travel for business had their trips cancelled as a safety precaution. Avoid public gatherings, do not go out partying, avoid being in crowds in general.

If you have any type of flu like symptoms, please do not go directly to a hospital and please do not go to work or to school. Contact your doctor first if you are suspecting you have the virus and let him explain to you how to proceed. If not necessary, do not go to hospitals or spend any time in doctor’s waiting rooms.

If you notice that the virus spread in your country is fast, please do stock up on food and other items which will be necessary if you will have to go into quarantine. No safety measure is too much of a safety measure. Also, if you know of older people who might not be in condition to prepare themselves for quarantine, please help them buy groceries.

As I said I am not a doctor, these are just the guidelines that the Croatia government and all others have issued. I hope that you are safe and healthy and that you will remain that way.

Sending love and positive vibes,
Luna

Byproduct

i kept your sins sheltered within
you felt no shame, no guilt
the harm you unleashed on me
new scars, freshly laid, bloody patterns
wounds unhealing inside me always raw
the pain withered me into submission
your burden to bear by chance
my penance for choice of heart

but rage will emerge, so beware
for every injury, insult, and humiliation
there will be justice inflicted severely
bloody eye for my bloodied eye
painful welts you’ll receive from strangers
lawless games played for your ways
brutality and cruelty like i received
i’ll see you caged just like me

you made me what i am

Susi Bocks – writer/author/poet, has self-published two books – Feeling Human and Every Day I Pause. You can find her work at IWriteHer.com or follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyHumanityInWrittenForm/, where she invites you to read her thoughts and get to know her. Bocks’ work has been published in the anthology SMITTEN: This Is What Love Looks Like: Poetry by Women for Women and in Scarlet Leaf Review, VitaBrevis, Spillwords, Literary Yard, as well as other literary magazines.

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If you would like to have your work published in The Poetry Bar send your poem, a few words about yourself and the link to your blog and Instagram account to the e-mail poetrybar1@gmail.com

The Hand of Nature

The cold, transparent, frozen, hand of Winter
with its heavy, shivering, fingers
and sharp yet fragile claws,
touches all it can see,
covering three season’s worth of nature
with its web of glass,
and the haunting words it uses
confirms its work has been done.

Spring’s hand gently yet forcefully
pushes Winter aside
with its leafy green, smooth, steady fingers,
and removes all of Winter’s trace
with a few brief touches
that have been rehearsed for so long,
concluding with a lovely melody
that it sings quietly with perfect rhythm.

Summer’s decorated, dextrous, talented hand
joyfully arrives,
waving goodbye to spring,
while at the same time
summoning the rest of the animal kingdom,
who are attracted,
by the infinite shades of yellow,
and the hypnotically enchanting
wordless song sung with such happiness.

Autumn’s hand gives a quiet signal
to the ever rejoicing Summer,
before the ever different creatures
are warned
by the warm, comforting, auburn
cloak more than hand,
through repeated murmers,
that those heavy, shivering fingers
are not far away.

My blog Alexraphael.wordpress is a mixture of entertainment references, exhibition reviews, photography and my own creative works. You can find more about my two books The Summer of Madness and Illusions, Delusions here

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If you would like to have your work published in The Poetry Bar send your poem, a few words about yourself and the link to your blog and Instagram account to the e-mail poetrybar1@gmail.com

 

Quicksand

Caught…
Distraught…
A
Single
Thought…
Why?
Brain fried.
Love denied.
Stripped of pride.
Awestruck.
Cement Stuck.
Out of luck.
Stranded.
Branded.
Where have I landed?
Fuck the plight,
And this eternal night.
I won’t go down,
Without a fight.

My name is Jesse, I am a writer. I post both poetry and mental health pieces about my own struggles and journey on my blog here: https://oneregulardad.home.blog/

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If you would like to have your work published in The Poetry Bar send your poem, a few words about yourself and the link to your blog and Instagram account to the e-mail poetrybar1@gmail.com