Mary Emeji - Poet Laureate

Luton Poet Laureate, Founder of Luton Poetry Society, Author of Six poetry books

MARY IS THE FOUNDER OF LUTON POETRY SOCIETY. PLEASE VISIT HER OTHER WEBSITE  http://www.lutonpoetrysociety.com

 

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POETRY READING

Mary is available for Poetry Readings, both nationally and internationally. Although resident in Luton, she travels quite a lot!

To book Mary for an event, please email poshmary1@yahoo.com.

PROOF READING/ EDITING SERVICE (Poetry Only)

Ready to publish a book? Have it proof-read and edited by Mary Emeji, for a minimal cost.

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SPECIAL POEM SERVICE

For a special occasion like birthday, wedding, christening, graduation, e.t.c, you may supply Mary with the theme of the occasion and she will write you a special poem.

[Please note: unseen or provocative themes will be rejected]

To book, email poshmary1@yahoo.com

 

 

 

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DIVINE INSPIRATIONS BY MARY EMEJI

 

Please read some spiritual write-ups by Mary!

 

Monday 12th September 2011

 

Are you bearing the right fruits?

 

In the parable of the sower (Matthew 13:1-23), Jesus tells us that the Father sows the seed of the Word of God in our hearts, and if this seed falls on good soil, it bears good fruits; some thirty, some sixty, and some a hundred fold! What are these fruits? St. Paul explains that the Fruits of the Holy Spirit are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Humility and Self-control (Galatians 5:22). Those who live by the Spirit, as opposed to the fleshly nature, bear these fruits.

 

Here is the clear picture: God gives us His 'seed' when we read the Bible, listen to spiritual preaching or attend a church service. What we do with that seed is up to us. We can either receive it in good soil by meditating on the Word and trying to live by that Word; or we can simply put the Word aside and let it wither away, as the seeds that fell on rocky ground, among thorns or along the path. Beloved, if we receive the seed of the Word of God into our hearts on good soil, and are indeed filled with the Holy Spirit, we should be producing good fruits by the way we live.

 

So let us look into our lives and decipher which fruits we are bearing. Let us learn and memorise these wonderful fruits of the Spirit, and then each day, direct our thoughts, words and actions in tune with these fruits. The constant question in our conscience should be "Am I showing the fruits of the Spirit in my thoughts, words and deeds?" We are being modeled into the image of Christ and it is only when we are fully producing the fruits of His Spirit that we are truly Christians! As Jesus says, "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree is known by the fruit it bears." (Luke 6:43-44). So it is an impossible equation for us to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and yet be producing bad fruits of anger, jealously, immorality, drunkenness, idolatory, e.t.c (as listed in Galatians 5:19-21). Jesus clearly warns that "Any tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire." (Matthew 7:19). Thankfully, the reward for bearing good fruits is eternal life! So let us bring out our fruit basket, and get rid of all the bad fruits and start filling it up today with good fruits - “fruits that will last” (John 15:16).

 

May the Lord give us His Grace, as we struggle to bear good fruits each day and may His Spirit direct us as we surge on, on our Heavenly race!

 



SUNDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2011

 

"Consecrate us in the Truth..." John 17:17

 

Jesus prayed, "Father...Consecrate them in the Truth; Your Word is Truth." (John 17:17), and He declared before Pilate, "I was born for this. I came into the world for this; to bear witness to the Truth. Those who hear the Truth, hear my voice." (John 18:37) What is the 'Truth'? It is the Word of God from A to Z, contained in the Holy Bible. When we read God's Word, His Spirit interprets it in our minds and thus we are consecrated in the Truth. "When the Spirit of Truth comes, He will lead you to the complete truth." (John 16:13) Beloved, we have received the Holy Spirit by Grace and can joyfully acclaim, "I prayed, and understanding was given me; I entreated, and the Spirit of Wisdom came to me." (Wisdom 7:7)

However, do we hide this Truth and continue to live on human perceptions, or do we apply the Truth to our daily lives? The Bible should be our dictionary for interpreting every single situation that occurs in our lives, whether good or bad. "Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path."(Psalm 119:105). Being fully consecrated, baptised and immersed in the Truth, we should no longer be deceived by the lies of the evil one. We must use the Word of God daily as our sword and shield. As St. Paul says,"Put on the whole armour of God so that you can stand up against the 'tricks' of the evil one." (Ephesians 6:11). The devil often seeks use our circumstances/ problems to make us loose faith, by painting a 'hopeless' picture in our minds. We must resist these pranks, by wearing the 'eyeglasses' of God's Word and seeing our situation as God sees it.

So when next you feel sad or depressed, fight back with the words "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise always on my lips." (Psalm 34:1), "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I say: rejoice!" (Philippians 3:4) When you feel sick or afflicted, remember the multitudes that Jesus healed in the bible, and claim your healing, "By His stripes, we have been healed!" (Isaiah 53:5). 

When you're hungry or lacking, remember the feeding of the 5000, and that your heavenly Father cares for you more than the birds of the air and the lilies in the field. What Father will give his son a stone, when he asks for bread? So ask in Faith today, and you shall receive! (See Matthew 7:7-11). When you are afraid, troubled or anxious, hold on to His very words "Courage! Do not be afraid." (Matthew 14:27), "I am with you always; to the end of time."(Matthew 28:20) When you feel it's humanly sensible to repay someone who hurt you, resist with the words of Jesus "Love your enemies and pray for those who hurt you." (Matthew 5:44). Every life situation has its answer in the Holy Bible.
So arm yourself everyday with the Word of God, and start to live your life to the full, because the promises of God will surely be fulfilled in your life. "I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly." (John 10:10). Believe Him and be richly blessed. Truly, the Joy of the Lord is our strength! 

 

 

Monday 26th September 2011

 

"If you love me, keep my Word..." (John 14:23-24).

Jesus said, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my Word. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home in him." (John 14:23). Rephrased in the negative form, this will read "If you don't keep my Word, you don't love me (no matter how much you pray or go to church) and my Father and I will not live in you." In essence, whenever we are not doing God's Will, or habitually breaking His commandments we really do not love Him and He lives not in us. Beloved, are we mere Christians by word of mouth or practical doers of His Word? Take a look at the story in Matthew 21:28-32, where a father asks his two sons to go and work in his vineyard. Notice that Jesus commends the first son who said "I will not go", but later went; and He condemns the second son who said "I will certainly go", but never did. Let us reflect on our lives today and pick out those parts that are clearly in breach of God's commandments and desist from disobeying Him. Remember we are only living for Christ, not for ourselves. So if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off. If you're sinning because 'everyone is doing it' or 'it doesn't really matter, God will understand', I tell you God never understands or partakes in sin. His commandments are clear. So please let us prove that we love God by the way we live, not just by the things we say. As St. James rightly said, "Faith without works, is dead." (James 2:20). Let us heed our Saviour's warning that "Not all who call me 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only those who do the Will of my Father in heaven." (Matthew 7:21). You either love God or you don't; there is no hanging line in-between. May God give us His Grace as we continue to strive on the heavenly path.

 

 

 

 

SOME FAVOURITE POEMS

 

 

 

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE's LOVE SONNETS:

THE MARRIAGE OF TRUE MINDS (Sonnet 116)

 

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:

Oh no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.

Love's not Time's fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle's compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.

If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.

 


O MISTRESS MINE (From 'Twelfth Night')

 

O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love's coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey's end in lovers' meeting
Every wise man's son doth know.

What is love? 'tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What's to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth's a stuff will not endure.

 

LOVE NIGHT AND DAY (Sonnet 43)

 

When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see,
For all the day they view things unrespected;
But when I sleep, in dreams they look on thee,
And darkly bright are bright in dark directed.


Then thou, whose shadow shadows doth make bright,
How would thy shadow's form form happy show
To the clear day with thy much clearer light,
When to unseeing eyes thy shade shines so!


How would, I say, mine eyes be blessed made
By looking on thee in the living day,
When in dead night thy fair imperfect shade
Through heavy sleep on sightless eyes doth stay!


All days are nights to see till I see thee,
And nights bright days when dreams do show thee me.

 

WHEN MY LOVE SWEARS (Sonnet 138)

 

When my love swears that she is made of truth
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutor'd youth,
Unlearned in the world's false subtleties.


Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppress'd.


But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I that I am old?
O, love's best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told:


Therefore I lie with her and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be.

 

A SUMMER'S DAY (Sonnet 18)

 

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date;


Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm'd;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature's changing course untrimm'd:


But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st;
Nor shall Death brag thou wand'rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st;


So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So lives this, and this gives life to thee.

 

 

LOVE'S AGONY  (Sonnet 57)

 

Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Upon the hours and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend,
Nor services to do, till you require.
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
When you have bid your servant once adieu;

 

Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are how happy you make those.


So true a fool is love that in your will,
Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill.

 

 

SYMPTOMS OF LOVE – Robert Graves

 

Love is a universal migraine,
A bright stain on the vision
Blotting out reason.

Symptoms of true love
Are leanness, jealousy,
Laggard dawns;

Are omens and nightmares -
Listening for a knock,
Waiting for a sign:

For a touch of her fingers
In a darkened room,
For a searching look.

Take courage, lover!
Could you endure such pain
At any hand but hers?

 

 

SUMMER MORNING – John Clare

 

The cocks have now the morn foretold,
The sun again begins to peep,
The shepherd, whistling to his fold,
Unpens and frees the captive sheep.
O’er pathless plains at early hours
The sleepy rustic gloomy goes;
The dews, brushed off from grass and flowers,
Bemoistening sop his hardened shoes

 

While every leaf that forms a shade,
And every floweret’s silken top,
And every shivering bent and blade,
Stoops, bowing with a diamond drop.
But soon shall fly those diamond drops,
The red round sun advances higher,
And, stretching o’er the mountain tops,
Is gilding sweet the village-spire.

 

’Tis sweet to meet the morning breeze,
Or list the gurgling of the brook;
Or, stretched beneath the shade of trees,
Peruse and pause on Nature’s book,
When Nature every sweet prepares
To entertain our wished delay,—
The images which morning wears,
The wakening charms of early day!

 

Now let me tread the meadow paths
While glittering dew the ground illumes,
As, sprinkled o’er the withering swaths,
Their moisture shrinks in sweet perfumes;
And hear the beetle sound his horn;
And hear the skylark whistling nigh,
Sprung from his bed of tufted corn,
A haling minstrel from the sky.

 

 

UNFORTUNATE COINCIDENCE - Dorothy Parker

 

By the time you swear you're his,
Shivering and sighing,
And he vows his passion is
Infinite, undying -
Lady, make a note of this:
One of you is lying.

 

 

HAVE YOU GOT A BROOK IN YOUR LITTLE HEART? - Emily Dickinson

Have you got a brook in your little heart,
Where bashful flowers blow,
And blushing birds go down to drink,
And shadows tremble so?

And nobody, knows, so still it flows,
That any brook is there;
And yet your little draught of life
Is daily drunken there.

Then look out for the little brook in March,
When the rivers overflow,
And the snows come hurrying from the hills,
And the bridges often go.

And later, in August it may be,
When the meadows parching lie,
Beware, lest this little brook of life
Some burning noon go dry!

 

 

THE WORLD AND I - Laura Riding Jackson

This is not exactly what I mean
Any more than the sun is the sun.
But how to mean more closely
If the sun shines but approximately?
What a world of awkwardness!
What hostile implements of sense!
Perhaps this is as close a meaning
As perhaps becomes such knowing.
Else I think the world and I
Must live together as strangers and die—
A sour love, each doubtful whether
Was ever a thing to love the other.
No, better for both to be nearly sure
Each of each—exactly where
Exactly I and exactly the world
Fail to meet by a moment, and a word.

 

 

GIVING UP SMOKING - Wendy Cope

There's not a Shakespeare sonnet
Or a Beethoven quartet
That's easier to like than you
Or harder to forget.

You think that sounds extravagant?
I haven't finished yet -
I like you more than I would like
To have a cigarette.

 

 

A BIRTHDAY - Christina Rossetti

My heart is like a singing bird   
Whose nest is in a water'd shoot;   
My heart is like an apple-tree   
Whose boughs are bent with thick-set fruit;   

My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;   
My heart is gladder than all these,   
Because my love is come to me.   

Raise me a daïs of silk and down;   
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,   
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;   
Work it in gold and silver grapes,   
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;   
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

 



SHE WALKS IN BEAUTY - George Gordon Byron
 
She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that's best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes:
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.

One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o'er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express
How pure, how dear their dwelling place.

And on that cheek, and o'er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

 

 

THE FIRST DAY - Christina Rossetti (1830-1894)

I wish I could remember the first day,
First hour, first moment of your meeting me;
If bright or dim the season it might be;
Summer or winter for aught I can say.
So, unrecorded did it slip away,
So blind was I to see and to forsee,
So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom, yet, for many a May.

If only I could recollect it! Such
A day of days! I let it come and go
As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow.
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much!

If only now I could recall that touch,
First touch of hand in hand! - Did one but know!

 

 

LOVE'S PHILOSOPHY - Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792 - 1822)

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix forever,
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle--
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd it's brother:
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea--
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

 

 

LOVE QUOTES


"The most wonderful of all things in life is the discovery of another human being with whom one's relationship has a growing depth, beauty and joy as the years increase. This inner progressiveness of love between two human beings is a most marvelous thing; it cannot be found by looking for it or by passionately wishing for it. It is a sort of divine accident, and the most wonderful of all things in life." (Sir Hugh Walpole)


Love is a smoke raised with the fume of sighs,
Being purged, a fire sparkling in lovers' eyes,
Being vexed, a sea nourished with lovers' tears.
What is it else? A madness most discreet,
A choking gall and a preserving sweet.
(William Shakespeare)


"Love is like a friendship caught on fire: In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable."
(Anonymous)


Poetry tugs at the heart strings,
Instigating an outburst of powerful emotions
Of love, sadness, bewilderment or joyful rings;
A pirouette of the senses in upward and downward motions,
Reaching its peak in ecstatic chimes and dings!
(Mary Emeji)

 

FANTASIA!!!

Ricky Martin, my favourite spanish singer :)


My Poems for Ricky:

MY DREAM

Although you are so far away
Still right here I’ll always stay
Waiting patiently all through the day
For you to come forth my way

For no hindrance lies in this long delay
Despite your numerous activities in array
Yet only in whispers my heart still says
Forth to me shall your destiny sway

But how amazing is my dream so gay
Cos for you stranger, do I constantly pray
Yet how patiently I wait this way
For you to come find me someday

I refuse to see any impending dismay
And I hope my waiting does not my dream betray
For if I let my feelings for you slip away
Then you’ll never find me anyway

I strongly believe in my dream always
Though hoping this belief could my doubts allay
But don’t be surprised to hear me say
My long wait for you must end next May!


THE REALITY OF FANTASY

Today I’m stuck in reality
I’ll much rather have the fantasy
For in my world, you’re just not there
And it seems that life’s not fair

You’re the dream in my mind
The pictured love I can’t leave behind
Far across the oceans and the seas
My heart finds you beneath the moonbeams

Amidst the breeze of the sunset wind
In the quiet whispers of snowfall in spring
I see you, deep in my imagination
Your smile, your songs are my fascination

We dance the Salsa at the seashores of Puerto Rico
As you sing to me your promise, the Juramento
The walls of reality cannot separate our path
For the fountain of fantasy unites our pact

Our love traverses through time and space
And in my heart, I’ll always see your face
Although fantasy seems eclipsed by reality
I know you will find me someday, my Ricky!


Con mucho amor por mi favorito cantate! Asi es que te quiero yo Ricky, a ver quien te quiere mas! Carino, espero que te lea mi poema algun dia!!

My favourite songs by Ricky include Pegate, Juramento, Cambia la piel and Te extrano, te olvido y te amo.


visit www.rickymartin.com

 

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Books: THE BOND OF LOVE, THE LOVE OF GOD, ROYAL LUMINOSITY, TIMELESS DATE, FUNDAMENTALITY, and PULCHRITUDE

 

MARY'S BIOGRAPHY

 

Mary Emeji is a talented lady poet and lawyer from Luton, Bedfordshire. She holds an LLB(Hons) Law degree and LLM in Commercial Law (with Distinction), both from University of Bedfordshire. Aside from her legal career, Mary has always had an ardent passion for poetry and began writing poems whilst high school; often reciting them in open events. Her first book 'THE BOND OF LOVE' was published in 2009, and other books have followed since: THE LOVE OF GOD (2010), 'ROYAL LUMINOSITY (2011), TIMELESS DATE (2012), FUNDAMENTALITY (2013) and PULCHRITUDE (2014). Mary has performed at various poetry events in Luton, Wokingham, London, and Bedford.

Mary was the featured poet in the Luton ‘LIFE’ magazine (February 2011 issue). She presented her very first book THE BOND OF LOVE to the Deputy Mayor of Luton - Cllr. Mohammed Farooq at the summer festival in August 2010. In October 2010, she was the featured Poet of Luton for the Black History Month, by the Luton Library/ Luton Culture. Mary has received Royal Acknowledgements from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, in respect of her four books 'ROYAL LUMINOSITY' (2011- dedicated to the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge), 'TIMELESS DATE' (2012- co-written with William Shakespeare), 'FUNDAMENTALITY' and 'PULCHRITUDE' in 2014. Immensely encouraged by this, she continues to work hard at what she loves doing best - poetry! 

In June 2011, Mary founded the Luton Poetry Society, with the fundamental purpose of promoting fellow poets, and motivating upcoming ones. As the Motto goes “Bringing Poetry To Life", this group aims to extend the vibes of poetry to the lengths and breadths of Luton town, through poetry events. All who love to write, read or listen to poetry are very much welcome to join!

 

LUTON POET LAUREATE

Mary was appointed the Poet Laureate of Luton by the Mayor Cllr. Syd Knight, which was announced at the Luton Poetry Festival on 1st September 2012. Greatly satisfied by Mary’s countless efforts to encourage poetry in Luton, the Mayor said of her, “I am very impressed with the amount of work Mary has done in a relatively short time to promote the work of poetry in Luton. We do need to raise the profile of our poets in Luton, and she has done a lot to make that happen.” Mary describes her new appointment as ‘a thrill’ as she stated “I’ve always found joy in writing and reading poetry, which led to my creating a forum whereby Luton poets can come together and share their poems. I am thrilled at being made Poet Laureate, and will continue to do my best to promote poetry readings throughout Luton.” She was one of the guest speakers at the annual Women's Day event hosted by the Mayoress of Luton at the Town Hall in October 2012, and has visited other branch libraries in the town to promote and encourage poetry. She held a poetry session at the University of Bedfordshire (where she studied), meeting with literary students and giving them a forum to perform their poems/ writings in October 2012.

On National Poetry Day (4th October 2012), Mary was the Resident Poet on BBC Three Counties Radio; talking about poetry, reading her poems and taking calls from local poets. Her poem 'Simplicity' was short-listed for the National Poetry Anthology Competition 2012 (United Press) and published in the Anthology 'A Gathering Of Minds'.  Her other poem 'The Angel Star' won the National Poetry Day Competition run by the Bedfordshire Libraries in October 2012, click to view: http://virtual-library.culturalservices.net/webingres/bedfordshire/vlib/0.books_reading/poem_week_all.htm. She was featured as Poet Laureate in 'Luton At Large' magazine in November 2012, in the University of Bedfordshire News in December 2012 ( http://www.beds.ac.uk/news/2012/december/graduate-appointed-poet-laureate-of-luton), and in Luton 'LIFE' magazine in January 2013. Her latest features appear in 'Luton News' - March 2014, Luton At Large magazine - March 2014, University of Bedfordshire News - March 2014, and Herald and Post Newspaper - April, September and October 2014.

Please visit the page 'PRESS' in Mary's web, to read more)

Mary was one of the guest speakers chosen by the Mayoress of Luton, Mrs. Imeda Knight for the International Women's Day event on 8th March 2013, at the Luton Borough Council Chambers, and Her Majesty's Lord-Lieutenant for Bedfordshire - HELEN NELLIS greatly commended her poetry work. Already featured in the religious poetry anthology 'I BELIEVE' (United Press 2013), Mary was chosen by United Press as one of the top ten poets in the UK, and published in the anthology 'TEN OF THE BEST' 2013. She was also featured as the Resident Poet Laureate on BBC Three Counties Radio on 14th April 2013 to celebrate the National Poetry Month, as she partook in the task of writing a poem a day for the whole month! On National Poetry Day (2nd October 2014) Mary was invited to inspire over 300 students at Ashcroft High School with her poetry, which she very much enjoyed doing!

 

Her all-time favourite poets are William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) and Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894).

 

 

[Frequent Guest on BBC Three Counties Radio]

[Mary Emeji, Her Majesty's Lord-lieutenant for Bedfordshire HELEN NELLIS, and Mayor of Luton Cllr. SYD KNIGHT]

PREVIEW OF MARY'S BOOKS:

MY FRIEND THE SUN (2016 - GlintingBlue Press)

A tribute to the Sun in bright, warm poems that elevate and scintillate. The Sun shines through every page shedding new light on dark situations and giving energy to the weary mind. There is sunshine on magical gardens, a date with the Sun at Luton's Stockwood Park, the breeze of flowers confetti, and glistening sunshine that dispels gloom. Sunshine to enlighten and enliven, to nourish and flourish, to daze and amaze, to dazzle and bedazzle. These heartfelt poems well-accompanied by lustrous paintings create an enchanting luminosity that lingers way after the book closes...and the dreams begin!

ALL ALIGHT

 

See the light.

Feel delight.

At peace with sight,

Increased in might.

 

Come alight

On gardens bright,

For dim is fright

When all feels right.

 

The birds of night

Have gone in flight,

And you’re on height

To new sunlight.

To order an autographed copy, click here MY FRIEND THE SUN

PULCHRITUDE (2014 - GlintingBlue Press)

 

To order an autographed copy, click here PULCHRITUDE

An in-depth look at life, nature, the world around us...and our perception of these. Look again, and be swayed in the beauty of so many things we overlook. Life is beauty, life is truth.

 "Inspired writing needs little praise but these are poems of coherence and perception, which show an understanding of life and faith. Mary's dynamic approach to life breathes through every line and artwork, and there is a cordial generosity in her appraisal of the rich tapestry of homespun life. She even takes us on a galaxy walk." ---Alan Rainer, Poet, Editor

 

In this book, you'll find...

 Wind...

 To see the unseen in what is seen

Brings to light the will for joy serene.

Oh capture now the wind that blows

And breathe anew wherever it goes!

 

Birds...

 I hear the humming birds at dawn

Fluttering around the quiet sun

Peeping through my wakeful mind.

 

Luton...

Out here:

I feel the crispy summer wind

Hugging me like angel's wings,

As I recline on the black convex chair

Overlooking St. Georges' Square.

 

Flowers...

 The flower gardens clothed in beauty,

Verily at rest from their pictorial duty

Could tell their first admirer is awake.

When earth is still at early hours,

In sunlit rays or blustery showers,

Your grace is all I long to take.

 

Music...

 Something about the way it echoed:

Silently soft, passionately deep,

The strings of a viola causing to be told

A million secrets that words may keep.

 

Water...

 It’s immense, immense like the sea

That goes without destiny

And stays here in my soul,

Es inmenso, es inmenso!

...And everything beautiful and true! 

 

FUNDAMENTALITY (2013 - GlintingBlue Press)

 

To order an autographed copy, click here FUNDAMENTALITY

In a constantly busy, frequently changing and glaringly ambiguous world, Fundamentality draws you to that which you are made of - the pure, simple, sufficient, unadulterated YOU, standing tall through many tides.

“The voice of Mary Emeji is one of the authentic poet. This authenticity of who and what we are and the beautiful spaces in between of just simply being, envelops the reader like a gentle stream and also like a cascading waterfall. Mary’s new collection of poems Fundamentality explores our essential self; it unveils the essential us, the other us, not defined by objects of desire and the perpetual power of attainment, but realised by being our true self.”

---Hilda Morley, Poet

EXCERPTS:

AWAKENING

 

 When you wake up in the morning

With no thought on your mind,

You are simply you -

The best you can find.

You can start to worry

And all your cares remind,

Or you can get to work

Whilst in your heart unwind;

For all that’s best of everything

Begins from your mind...

 

 

 

FINDING YOU

 

You haven't got forever

To sail adrift on a river,

Tossed around by cunning waves,

Breathless winds and sunny haze,

Before you find a finite base.

For the watercourse drains at dawn
Into watered plants or pits forlorn:

Nourishing the image that you attained

Or soaking the fears that you detained;

To find your true self is battle won!

 

The road is long, but time is brief

And the course of life is a folding sheaf.

The rivers may soar and seasons uncoil

But whilst you toil on fleeting soil,

Keep intact your fundamentality.

TIMELESS DATE (2012 - GlintingBlue Press)

This book received a Royal Acknowledgement from HM The Queen!

 

To order an autographed copy, click here TIMELESS DATE

 

Mary's fourth book of poems co-written with the great William Shakespeare!

Witness a time travel in words, as Mary connects her poems with William's in a timeless friendship spanning across four centuries......beneath the ageless sky.

Written in both old and new English.

Get into the mind of William, through the mind of Mary (his mother's namesake).

 

 EXCERPTS

INTRO: Incredibly separated by time, undeniably united in rhyme, William and Mary walk in words, beneath the ageless sky…

 

TIMELESS WALK

Wert that I could flip through the pages of time

Back and forth, choosing only thine and mine,

Across a million seasons beneath the self-same sky

That binds page to page, less far than nigh.


Permit my then, by thy will, my Will,

To walk with thee in mind and ink until

All age couldst stand still but for a moment

Whereforth I meet thee, beyond a sonnet.

O wouldst I breathe the very air thou breathest,

And feel those emotions that thou doth feelest;

Hand-in-hand, walking beneath the timeless sun

Brighter still than a poem or song.

If earth were mine, and time wert thine

We’d meet and write a perfect rhyme.

                                            --Mary

                                          

                                           

 

 

 

ROYAL LUMINOSITY (2011 - United Press)

Dedicated to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, this book received a Royal Acknowledgement from Her Majesty, The Queen in 2011.

 

 

To order an autographed copy, click here Royal Luminosity  

 

Co-published with English poet Alan Rainer, for Prince William and Princess Catherine (on their wedding - 29th April 2011). This collection of poems reflects the themes of royal love, marriage, happiness, contemplation and the deep realities of life. This book received a royal acknowledgment from Her Majesty The Queen, and from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 

 

 

 

ROYAL SIMPLICITY (For Prince William and Kate)

 

O princess, fair and sweet

Walking smoothly down the street,

Without a maid to tend her hair:

Perfect beauty shines through the soul.

Green fields and flowers hug her silky toe,

Her tender voice is silence of air.

 

The handsome prince spots a dazzling star

And hurries to the countryside afar

In search of a secret wonderland:

Where fairies encircle the morning sun,

And birds give the wind a simple song,

Where royals and peasants walk hand-in-hand.

 

Beneath the altitude of sunset upon hills,

Near a crystal fountain that gushes love thrills,

The prince kneels before the gracious princess:

Her eyes glow as she pats his blushing cheek,

With a timeless embrace - tender and sleek,

Deep affection springs through their quintessence.

 

A new river flows within the palace walls

As the prince and princess wed in summer falls.

The young love that streamed through their youth

Is consummated in a royal wedding of the century.

This lovely couple that value humility above luxury,

Are set to be king and queen, in royal simplicity!

 

ANGEL IN ME

 

Take a look at my life's story

Of realities and no folly,

You’ll see a mysterious wonder

Wrapped in the bouquet yonder.

 

Behold the echelon of my existence

Streaming through the waterfalls of silence,

You’ll see peaceful flowering

Amidst the deserted gardening.

 

The vibrant fortitude of my youth

Led to the path of beauty and truth;

As I seek true wisdom in my intellect,

The angel of my spirit reflects.

 

She shows me a new view in my life’s mirror

That paints every path with a mysterious colour:

The small voice within speaks the diction

Of perfection in dejection, and rejection.

 

So today, I thread upon hills and valleys

Garnished with prickly weeds, and lilies,

And when it seems I’m drowning in the ocean tide,

The angel tells me I’m so alive!

 

You may see me perfect, or curtailed in my skin:

I could stand today or fall to pieces within,

But the angel in me is the light that transcends

The faults and befuddlements of my human trend.



THE LOVE OF GOD (2010 - ShieldCrest Publishers)

 

 

To order a copy, click here The Love Of God

 

A collection of inspirational poems on God’s love for all mankind; love so strong, ever constant and infinitely vast. Filled with spiritual inspiration, this book portrays the immense joy and peace that flow from divine friendship with God; a much needed solace amidst the troubles and uncertainties of this present life. This book is filled with words of vibrant faith; reflecting Mary’s spiritual beliefs and her roles as a Lay Reader and Eucharistic Minister in ‘Our Lady, Help of Christians Church’ (Luton). The book received a foreword from Bishop Peter Doyle, Catholic Bishop of Northampton diocese.


CHRIST, MY LOVE

Christ my love, what can I say?
Your presence is all I need today.
You have proved your love in so many ways;
Your grace outshines in my life with its rays.

Every time I kneel down to pray,
I remember the price you had to pay:
The great sacrifice, which my sins often betray,
Yet you never stop loving me, even for a day.

You give me mercy as I promise to stay
In the path of your righteousness, never to stray.
Your Holy Spirit helps me as I strive on this pathway;
Yes, you’re my strength - you never leave me halfway!

In any situation when I’m in doubt or dismay,
You always encourage me not to give up in disarray;
I know my efforts will pay off someway,
Simply because you hear my prayers everyday.

Oh Christ my love, my joy, how I sway
In the bounty of your love that takes my pain away.
Your inexplicable peace fills my heart - I can hardly relay;
I’m sure your grace will lift me up to your throne someday!

PEACE

 

I sit in solitude,

I feel the quietude

Deep within my heart.

There is a pause of stillness

As my mind grasps

A moment of rest:

Relaxing every nerve,

Calming the senses to verve.

 

I close my eyes softly:

I levitate above all anxiety,

Averting all distractions,

Clearing the whole mind;

I engross in the new atmosphere

Of indescribable serenity,

Engulfing every component

Of my innermost sentiment.

 

Like the soft notes of a piano

Playing by the quiet sea in alto,

A gust of cool, gentle breeze

Vivifying my sensory neurons--

Enlivening my skin deeply.

Perfect relaxation of mind.

A virtual, total elevation

To the realm of meditation.

 

A silent moment of retreat:

No sound but my heartbeat.

My whole being is at rest,

My quintessence is tranquil,

Mind, body, spirit - all is calm;

Refreshing, revitalising,

A glimpse of heaven, I see.

That is true peace.

 

 

PRESENTING 'THE LOVE OF GOD' TO BISHOP PETER DOYLE, DIOCESE OF NORTHAMPTON.

 

 

"Congratulations to Mary Emeji for the poetry in her book, 'The Love of
God'.  Her words are full of vibrant faith. I hope that Mary's poems
will raise readers' hearts in prayer and praise to the God who is love."

 

Right Reverend Peter Doyle
Bishop of Northampton

19th January 2011

 

THE BOND OF LOVE (2009 - ShieldCrest Publishers)

 

 

To order a copy, click here The Bond Of Love

 

A collection of poems on love, friendship and commitment; shedding light on the feelings, happiness, and challenges of true love. Bursting with romantic vibes, these poems would tug at the reader’s heartstrings, as they drift off to the realm of affection.


WHY I LOVE YOU

It’s the way you look at me
Eyes filled with love, thrill and trust,
It’s the way you stare at me
With charming eyes that mesmerize me.
That’s why I love you

It’s the way you smile at me
So exhilarated by my presence,
It’s the way you laugh at me
So amused by my blatant shyness.
That’s why I love you.

It’s the way you hold my hand,
Like a treasure you don’t want to loose.
It’s the way you hug me,
Like a blessing you want to feel.
That’s why I love you.

It’s the way you talk to me:
Astute speeches that motivate my intellect.
It’s the way you sing to me,
With melodious voice that captivates my heart.
That’s why I love you.

It’s the poems you write to me -
The well composed words of love and passion,
It’s the gentle whispers of “I love you”
That softly permeate into the depth of my heart,
That’s why I’ll always love you!




SING ME THE SONG OF LOVE

Sing me the song of love
With the purest feelings in your heart,
So it sweetly soothes my every sense
And refreshes the depth of my quintessence.

Play me the tune of love
On the melodious strings of your heart’s guitar,
So it captivates me in amorous ecstasy,
And titivates me to a smile of fancy.

Write me the poem of love
With skilfully rhyming words of loving emotion,
So it enchants my intellect with affectionate pleasure,
And every word my heart would treasure.

Let’s dance the dance of love:
Swaying effortlessly on the realm of passion -
With eyes fixed on each other, arms clutched together,
Feeling the deepest love and dancing forever!

 

PRESENTING 'THE BOND OF LOVE' TO THE DEPUTY MAYOR OF LUTON, COUNCILLOR FAROOQ -  At the Luton Summer festival 2010, after my Poetry Reading!  

 

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MARY IN THE PRESS!!!

October 2010 - Herald and Post Newspaper, Luton

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 2011 - LIFE Magazine, Luton

 

 

 

 

 

4th October 2012 - Live on BBC Three Counties Radio (Luton)

 

 

{Mary and BBC Three Counties Radio Presenter - Nick Coffer on National Poetry Day 2012}

 

 

 

 

 

 November 2012 - Luton At Large Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

December 2012 - University of Bedfordshire News

 

 

 

 

 

January 2013 - LIFE Magazine, Luton

 

 

 

 

 

14th April 2013 - Resident Poet Laureate on BBC Three Counties Radio - celebrating 'A Poem A Day' task for National Poetry Month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 8th December 2013 - Resident Poet Laureate on Nesta McGregor's show at BBC Three Counties Radio - reciting my Christmas poem, and a special tribute to Nelson Mandela.

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2014 - Luton At Large Magazine

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2014 - Luton News

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 2014 - University of Bedfordshire News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 2014 - Herald and Post Newspaper

 

 

 

 

 

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