Canada Korea Literary Festival

Canada Korea Literary Festival


At the Canada Korea Literary Festival,

a well organized, professional event,

I had the privilege of reciting

and I’m very pleased I went.


A comprehensive printed program

in both languages, was provided,

(a souvenir worth keeping)

as through the evening we were guided.


The evening started with a reception,

very tasty food had been prepared.

Then, stories, poems, music, dance

and videos were all shared.


I haven’t heard much Korean spoken before,

I find it has a pleasing flow,

melodious sounds, soft-spoken.

It would be difficult for me to learn, I know.


Background music and slide shows

accompanied each performer.

Many hours spent putting it all together

had created an atmosphere much warmer.


My poem “Sixty Years Young”,

from my book Morning Light,

was translated into Korean

and a lovely lady was there to recite.


I think the two boys may have stolen the show –

wonderful talent – reciting and singing.

Then our MC surprised us all

when his powerful voice turned to singing.


Congratulations, KWAC!

It was a most enjoyable evening out

combining cultures and languages –

that’s what Canada is all about.


Jean Kay


KWAC – Korean Writers Association of Canada

HEART SONG – a ballad by Jean Kay

Day 25 of  NaPoWriMo – “Let’s try a musical form — the ballad. Traditionally, ballads were rhymed poems that told a story of some kind, and were often set to music. If you have any musical talent, it might be fun to try and actually make a tune for your ballad!”  Here is what I sang on to my page this morning. I must now write down the tune before it leaves my head.



What song do I hear my heart sing

as I greet this beautiful dawn?

A song of love or a song of joy,

like the birds sing every morn?


When our sun rises each morning

I will let my spirits rise too,

though I don’t know what the day may bring

or what I’ll be guided to do.


I can be happy regardless

of challenges coming my way.

I control my feelings and my thoughts,

I know I can have a good day.


Love is my constant companion

there is nothing I can’t achieve.

I need to apply my faith and trust

and be true to what I believe.


So what song is my heart singing

as I greet this beautiful dawn?

Its’ a song of love that’s filled with joy

I will sing like a bird each morn.


Repeat last verse.


Jean Kay

April 25, 2013

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PICK ME – A cat ad poem by Jean Kay

Day 19 NaPoWriMo – prompt “Write a poem in the form of a personal ad! Or, if you like, try any kind of want ad.  Here is mine.



They named me Puffball Poomba
they call me Poomba, for short.
I’m soft, cuddly and house trained
as it says on my report.

I ‘m as cute as a button
and I’ll try not to ever push yours.
I promise to stay out of your way
when you’re doing household chores.

I’m pretty good with children,
unless they tease me too much.
I like to be brushed and petted,
I enjoy a loving touch.

I play with balls and toys
good at tossing them around.
I prefer toys I can claw at
not ones with a squeaking sound.

You know you want to adopt me
and I’d love to live at your house.
I like both wet and dry food
and the occasional mouse.

I need a home, you need a friend –
what could be better than that?
Pick me – you won’t be sorry,
I am an adorable cat.

And we did!

Jean Kay

April 19, 2013

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SOMETIMES – Anti-TV poem by Jean Kay

For Day 18 of National Poetry Month (NaPoWriMo) “Today’s prompt is to write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.”  Here is mine.


Sometimes I get so frustrated

with how TV shows are rated.

“G” is not always entertaining

or good for children we are training.

We are showing them it’s okay to fight

with any weapon they have in sight.

Bullying, sarcasm, senseless noise

is this what we want for our girls and boys?

When did “comedy” change definitions?

There’s nothing funny in the latest renditions.

PG and whatever number they use

are nothing I’d want children to choose.

I give up in trying to define

what I’ll enjoy and feel is fine.

I would sooner be outdoors

or even doing dreaded chores,

I prefer to be writing rhymes

Do I watch TV? Sometimes.

Jean Kay

April 18, 2013

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WELCOME – A poem by Jean Kay

For day 17 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “write poems of greeting. There’s lots of things you could greet. The subject’s up to you — now get out there and say “hello!”  Here is mine.


Welcome tiny, precious child.

Do you know how loved you are?

My loving bond will be with you

always, wherever you are.


I watched you come into our world.

I witnessed your first cry.

I heard words of joy from your parents,

like a comforting lullaby.


I recall the first time I held you

as my heart burst open with pride.

Your tight grip around my finger

confirmed love I felt inside.


Ten fingers, ten toes, beautiful eyes,

soft, fine, lovely dark hair,

I’d forgotten I could love that much.

What a privilege to be there.


Such an honour to be your Granny,

I’ll be able to watch you grow,

and give you hugs and kisses,

teach you some things I know.


This reads like a new arrival, but

my precious girl is almost ten.

I can relive those treasured moments

in my mind, time and again.


Jean Kay

April 17, 2013


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