Melanie Garfinkel ~ has been blessed and fortunate, to have traveled extensively meeting dynamic people as well as capturing Nature’s beauty and purity, both in photography and verse.
She grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, emigrated alone to Israel, eventually finding love in the snow… Canada!
When she’s not writing, she devotes her time to elderly dementia patients, as well as tutoring young students in creative writing.
Her mottos for living:
#Having FunWhilst Doing Good
#OwnYourNow & #SpreadTheCare
A number of her poems have been aired on Fine Music Radio Inc, published online at Spillwords.com, printed in Open Skies Poetry Vol 1, Wheelsong Poetry Anthology 2022 and Dark Reflections: An Open Skies Collection.
Poems published and read on her Instagram:
@onemeldoll and @1melzifleur
“I Am Breathing, But Feel I Have Died Too…”
After the earthquake in Turkey & Syria
The resounding chilling words that tumbled aimlessly out of his mouth, as the natural earthquake disaster ravaged cities in the south. I felt his unendurable pangs of pain as he struggled for composure to regain. A deafening piercing shrill scream- a wall structure, a falling beam toppled amidst rubble, ruin and dust, he witnessed his only child, suffering, being crushed… Still clutching beige teddy bear- tear stained face, he stood in despair… Breathing- though emotionally dead, wished it was HE instead… Playing cruel mind games with his head, ‘Voices’ rose from the depths… He battled to take in much needed breaths. “I am breathing…though I am dead…”
We’re Breathing…But, Are We ALIVE?
Hearts beat, pulses race caught in the thicket of daily chores. With much endurance enthusiastic assurance, desired pace- reality underscores… Breathing – achieving – the limelight convincing… rounds of maddening applause ignore distinctive flaws- Are we truly ALIVE, thriving enjoying; spoiling; indulging; appreciating; loving; flourishing? Or … merely breathing…without Living…
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I admire this author, her writing is contagious, I have to keep on reading… These are obviously new poems, the aftermath of the earthquakes. I absolutely love her poetry book, Poetic Pendulum 1.
Looking forward to reading more from Melanie.