Poetry Reading: THE PROMISE by Arloa L. Means

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

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Producer: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Director: Kierston Drier

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: Kimberly Villarruel

Camera Op: Mary Cox

Watch the MARCH 2018 Poetry Readings

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Poetry Reading: The Fisherman, by Robin McNamara

Poetry Reading: If You Could Fix Me, by Melissa R. Mendelson

Poetry Reading: Tears For You, by KG Petrone

Poetry Reading: 03:00, by Selah J’ne

Poetry Reading: Fell In Love With You, by Kathy Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Poetry Reading: The Fisherman, by Robin McNamara

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the poet:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

Theme: About an old Fisherman making his final fishing trip.

2) What motivated you to write this poem?

Motivation: My father was a fisherman for 40 + years in Ireland living by a fishing village. In summer months I went on the boat with him in my childhood. The poem is a reflection of part of my childhood spent fishing.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

I dabbled in my early 20s with poetry. Started writing again seriously about 10 years ago.

4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

The Dali Lama, to see what words of wisdom he can give me. How can I motivate myself to become a better person. To discuss with him his views on modern
society‘s relationship with technology & religion. Basically to be inspired by his presence.

5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

Why not! How often do you get an opportunity like this? It’s fun it’s a visual and vocal interpretation of a written piece of art. Make it come alive! Reach out to a wider audience.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Sports writing mainly football. Satire writing occasionally. Used to be a journalist writing about Health and Social Affairs.

7) What is your passion in life?

Emotional awareness of your surroundings. Appreciation of nature and art which inspires writing. The power of knowledge makes a mind stronger every day. Listen to your intuition. Acknowledge that you’re learning about life every day till the day you die.

Poetry Reading: Precious Little Girl by Murna Safford

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

1) What is the theme of your poem?
Answer: Spirituality
Why? Because prayer can change things. It may not change things in the normal course of events, but I can assure you as having bared witness, that it can change the outcome!
2) What motivated you to write this poem?
Two Part Answer:
Part I Answer: The poem originally started out, and divinely inspired by GOD, to encourage someone who had otherwise given up on themselves, and GOD. Alas, thinking he did not love them.  That very day, I sat at the computer, feeling divinely inspired, and penned the poem in an hour! I know it was GOD’s Holy Spirit inspiring me as duly noted. Thereafter, I found that there is a Precious Little Girl in many girls that I came across in my progressive walk in life. More profoundly so, I found the Precious Little Girl in me!
Part II Answer: Extraordinarily difficult circumstances seemingly to difficult to overcome, yet I emerged triumphant. trying to lead by example of never giving up, never giving in, and encouraging others that they can do it too! Hence having endured betrayal, loss, mistreatment, acceptance, indifference, cruelty, neglect, heartache, heartbreak, setbacks, humiliation, perseverance, falling short, near devastation of one’s hopes & dreams, never giving up, standing up for what is right, not going along with what is wrong, and allowing GOD’s light to shine through me as I am vessel, a steward of all that he entrust me with. As to whom much is given, much is expected*
3) How long have you been writing poetry? 
Answer: 10+ years, and counting.
4) If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be? 
Answer: John Hughes, although my favorite writer is Charles Dickens. Most assuredly, it is a toss up…smile!
5) What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor? 
Answer: In memory of my beloved Mother whom I lost just a year ago, thereafter losing my brother in the same week. It was far more than I could bear, but I found myself through prayer, and perseverance now comforting others by virtue of the comfort that I myself received by by nothing short of divine intervention. It is a near-culmination of one my greatest life’s work, one that I felt compelled to share with the world. 
6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?
Answer: Yes, I do! I write scripts/screenplays for both television, and motion picture production. I also have written several children’s books, some of which are now available on Amazon. Other’s to be released in the near future. Writing is my creative niche, something that I am deeply impassioned about, and it is something that I feel I was blessed with.
7) What is your passion in life?
Answer: One of the highest attainments in life for me is to share my literary works (projects, charity, and writings) with the world! I tremendously enjoy writing, but I am very passionate about helping others, and have never deviated even to my detriment oftentimes in extending a helping hand to those in need. It is extremely, and personally gratifying for me to nurture one’s ideas, interests, and inspire them that they can accomplish whatever they put their minds to. To also be mindful to do unto others, as you would want it done unto you for what is from the heart, reaches the heart. For where you treasure is, your heart will be also*

Watch the June 2017 Poetry Readings

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Poetry Reading: WORDS by Lawrence Klein

Poetry Reading: ROGUE WAVE by Joanne Van Leerdam

Poetry Reading: RISE AND BE ONE WITH THE SHINE by Gloria D. Gonsalves

Poetry Reading: Heaven Cried Too by Ty Davis

Poetry Reading: CONGO, CONGO by Miroslav Atanasov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poetry Reading: RISE AND BE ONE WITH THE SHINE by Gloria D. Gonsalves

 Poem performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Inspiration, motivation, courage and mindfulness.

What motivated you to write this poem?

I wrote what I felt would encourage anyone experiencing dark times.

How long have you been writing poetry?

Over 10 years and I’m still learning every day.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Maya Angelou. I would thank her for continuing to teach me how to make myself heard using the eloquence of simple words.

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I dislike public performance. So your platform is the right place for me to co-share the skill of writing and performing with someone else.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have published books on fantasy/adventure/educational tales with moral lessons. In the published portfolio is also a novella and anthology of thoughts. For anyone interested to know more, I am giving free books to visitors on my website.

What is your passion in life?

Inspire and invoke positive changes with my writing.

Poetry Reading: WORDS by Lawrence Klein

Poem performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

Empowering individuals to take control of themselves, to accomplish their goals. We all have that power, but unlike the simplest toy or device that we buy, WE do not come with an ‘Operators Manual’! This poem IS one, it reveals the simplicity of changing conciousness!

What motivated you to write this poem?

We have developed a powerful Smartphone Biofeedback instrument and I wrote the poem to explain how it can empower YOU!

How long have you been writing poetry?

Since 1972 – Forty-five years!

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

William Shakespeare

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

While I can read my own poetry, I wondered what an actor could bring to it with their own interpretation of it!

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

Yes, I wrote a Children’s Book – “Jacque the Lumberjack”, I wrote decades ago and is about to be published!

I have just started to Write a Book on Elite Sport Psychology, and my Forty Three Years Work with Olympic and Professional Athletes with the Mind Over Muscle Program I co-authored with Major Nory Laderoute, former Athletic Director of the Canadian Armed Forces Combat Training Center. It reveals the Power of Your Mind, to every individual – and how you can simply “Take Charge of Yourself”!

What is your passion in life?

Skiing, Consciousness, Self-Realization and Family

Poetry Reading: ROGUE WAVE, by Joanne Van Leerdam

Performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the poet:

What is the theme of your poem?

The theme of ‘Rogue Wave’ is living with and surviving the challenges life throws at us. Everyone faces challenges that turn life over and make us wonder what’s coming next. This poem will also have additional depth for anyone living with a chronic illness or a condition, especially depression or anxiety – they can go through this kind of experience every day, sometimes more than once a day.

What motivated you to write this poem?

‘Rogue Wave’ is a poem that comes from my own experience of life as a person who lives with both depression and chronic conditions. It frequently feels like the wave of life is dumping me hard, but even when it does spit me onto the sand, I have survived.

I wrote this poem to encourage those in similar situations through knowing that they are not alone and someone else feels the same way they do, but also to enlighten those who haven’t considered what that can be like.

How long have you been writing poetry?

I’ve been writing poetry for years, and got published for the first time last year.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

William Shakespeare. I love his work, and have so many questions!

What influenced you to submit to have your poetry performed by a professional actor?

I believe in my work, and I want to see it reach people and move them. I think that’s what any poet wants.

Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

In addition to my poetry, I have one book of short stories about encountering challenge and change called ‘New Horizons’, and a one-act play for teens called ‘The Shakespeare Omelette’.

What is your passion in life?

Obviously, poetry is one of my passions. I’m also passionate about helping my students be the best that they can be and pursue their own passions in life, too.