My recent passions are writing poetry and photography. Now and then I write a story. Actually, my goal is to finish a memoir I started writing in 1991! I don’t know why I want to write when writing doesn’t come easy to me. It never has and it probably never will, except when I need to pour out my heartache into my diary. Then thoughts flow onto paper freely without the editor in my mind wanting to correct each sentence. Still, I feel I must make the effort and go back to that memoir: my offspring might want to know a bit more about their origins.
Born and bred in ex-Yugoslavia I migrated to Australia in 1964, aged 29, with my husband and young son. I was employed as a teacher of French and English for Speakers of Other Languages at TAFE Sydney Institute until my retirement in 1993.
The ups and downs of my life are reflected in my poems and short stories, and the mood of the poems ranges from dark to bright and from serious to downright silly. Laughter is to me like the air I breathe. I’m a fighter and don’t give in easily to misfortune’s impact. My favourite prayer is this:
God grant me the Serenity
To accept the things I cannot change
Courage to change the things I can
And Wisdom to know the difference
Something interesting happened when I wrote the poem My Holden Barina last year. After researching ‘tercet’ on the internet, I realised I had fortuitously created a new poetic form, which was recently named “tercetonine”. You can read about it in my post My Holden Barina – Tercetonine. My work has been published in anthologies online and in print.
I used to dance, act and paint as a pastime, and am hoping to return to painting one day.
But first I need to get rid of the clutter in the room supposed to become my art studio! I might not live that long, but dreaming is such a lovely occupation.
My friends are also my family. We are there for each other through thick and thin. We enrich each other’s life. So do my cyber friends. I had dogs, they were family too. And a cat. They all passed away in 2003. Now I have a canary, and local birds visit every day. They too are my friends.
I believe that Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others. And Gratitude is the key to a contented life. So I keep forgiving and counting my blessings.
I hope you’ll enjoy my blog. Comments and questions are most welcome. ~ Irina
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July 1, 2014 – My book ‘Dreams On My Pillow’ was published.
October 24, 2014 – Interview for Angie’s Diary