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Corfu, Greece
Liana Metal lives in Greece, on the island of Corfu. She is an EFL teacher(MAEd -Applied Linguistics), book reviewer and freelance writer. Liana is also an artist. Her drawings/paintings can be found both online at www.aggelia-online.gr and at several shops in Corfu town. To contact the artist visit http://LianaMetal.tripod.com or her blog at http://LianasKerkyra.blogspot.com Η Ηλιάνα Μεταλληνού διδάσκει Αγγλικά στην Κέρκυρα, γράφει άρθρα και ιστορίες για έντυπες και ηλεκτρονικές εκδόσεις σε όλο τον κόσμο και ζωγραφίζει. Μπορείτε να την επισκεφθείτε στην ηλεκτρονική διεύθυνση http://toasprosaligari.blogspot.com και http://www.coffeetimecorfu.com


A book for kids/ 3 stories in English

Friday, April 9, 2010

Meet Helena Harper!

Today, Helena Harper is here to share with us her latest work.


Image created by Kimberly Dawn Sanders.


Spread wide your armsand let the wings unfurl,soar into your essence of light,cradled by the loving energyrippling through the river of the universe,

weaving through the tapestry of time...And feel the freedom of your soul...

Copyright © 2009 Helena Harper


Eyes lasering in on the ball,
top spin,
side spin,
no spin?
Legs running,
feet jumping,
toes tripping,
arms swinging,
heart pumping,
blood rushing,
lungs bursting,
mouth gasping,
cheeks blazing,
sweat pouring,
ball hitting,
ball missing,
ball in,
ball out,
hands clapping,
mouths shouting,
tongues cursing,
lips screaming,
racquets throwing,
movement thrilling,
endorphins fizzing,
exuberance peaking,
exhaustion winning,
eyes glowing.

Copyright © Helena Harper

Thank heavens for the wonderful child remote!

Children laughing,
frazzled mother
Children screaming,
frazzled mother
Children shouting,
frazzled mother

Where is it?
Can't find it?
Ah, got it!
Mute button pressed...
Ah, what quiet!
What bliss!
Did someone say
'Silence is golden'?
What a truly marvellous quote...
Thank heavens
for the wonderful child remote!

Copyright © Helena Harper
Helena is running a contest on her Facebook fan page and all you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the page ("Hi, Helena!" is enough). Each week a free ecopy of "It's a Teacher's Life...!" will be sent to one of the commenters. If you're not successful one week, just leave a comment the next for another chance to win - it's that simple! This is the link: http://bit.ly/8IBMuE
Thanks very much!


kathy stemke said...

I love your poems!! Teachers would love that child mute button!

Darcía Helle said...

Great poems, Helena! I especially loved Essence Of Light. Thanks for sharing with us!

Carolyn Howard-Johnson said...

Love the illustrated poetry, Helena. When I edit poetry for my clients, I always tell them to pare out unneeded adjectives and adverbs. You're good with a paring knife. (-:
Thank you for bring this to us, Liana.

Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Author of multi award-winning The Frugal Editor, www.budurl.com/TheFrugalEditor

Helena Harper said...

Thank you, Liana, for hosting me and thank you Kathy, Darcia and Carolyn for your comments.

You're right, Kathy - teachers would love that child remote. I could very much sympathise with my neighbour (a young mother) when she was telling me about how she wished she could just press a button and her children would be quiet - and that gave me the idea for the poem.

Darcia - the Essence of Light poem was written as part of a poetry contest in response to the picture you see.

Thank you, Carolyn - being such a versatile writer yourself and knowing so much about poetry, I really appreciate your comment. It's not something I ever remember formally learning, but I've come to realise how important 'paring' is when writing poetry, simply through practice.

If anyone would like to read extracts from my book "It's a Teacher's Life..." (a collection of stories in verse based on my own teaching experiences), then just go to my website


Helena Harper said...

Sorry, Liana, I forgot to post the URL for my actual website. It's http://www.helenaharper.com

Nancy Famolari said...

The poems are terrific. I love the illustrations!

Karen Cioffi said...

What great poems! LOL Parents would love that child mute button too! Come to thing of it so would grandparents. :)

Anonymous said...

I like illustrations with children's poems. Not so much with adult poems. Not sure why. Thanks for sharing with us Helen. You definately have a way with words. And pictures.

STephen Tremp

Liana said...

Helena, thank you for being here! I was looking for your URL and then my programme got stuck and had to let it go...thanks for adding it. For the same reason I couldn't copy and paste a photo of yours at the top.

Thank you all for visiting!

Dana Donovan said...

Simply sweet and refreshing. Nice poems Helena. Thanks for sharing with us.

Katie Hines said...

VERY cool poems. Loved the tennis one, as I am a huge tennis fan.

Helena Harper said...

Nancy - pleased you liked the photos and the poems.

Karen - I've come to the conclusion that if I could design a child mute button, my fortune would be made!

Stephen - many thanks for the compliment.

Liana - I'm sorry you had trouble with the Blogger program. Not to worry about my photo. Hope all is working OK for you now.

Dana - you're welcome!

Katie - nice to meet another tennis fan! Unfortunately, I haven't been able to play tennis for over 2 years now because of a broken wrist. But I hope to be able to get back to playing a little this summer.