Thursday, December 4, 2014

Children of Tomorrow

Sharing one of my social commentary poems from Shadows on the Carpet I

Photo AVR  © 2014

From you - our future
From you - we borrow
You are the children
Of all our sorrow

Children of tomorrow
In the aftermath of today
What will you do?
What will you say?

Children of tomorrow
Ours in every way
What are your horrors?
What price will you pay?

Children of tomorrow
Living with our legacy
Can you survive?
Can you stay free?

From you - our future
From you - we borrow
You are the children
Of all our sorrow

© Alice Vedral Rivera – 6/16/06

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Event - Chicago Book Expo

Shadows on the Carpet Trilogy
I will be at the Chicago Book Expo this Saturday, at the Tamale Hut Cafe Writer's Group table. If anyone can make it, I would love to see you there.

Free Admission
Saturday, December 6, 2014
11am - 5pm

Columbia College
1104 S. Wabash Avenue

Friday, November 7, 2014

Vladislav Blaha Chicago Classical Guitar Concert November 2014

For anyone that might be interested, world renowned Czech classical guitarist, Vladislav Blaha, will be flying to the Chicago area to delight us before he is to perform at Carnegie Hall. 

The concert will be held at the Czech Mission in Brookfield, IL:

Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00pm
Czech Mission/Church of Saints’ Cyril and Methodius
9415 Rochester Ave.
Brookfield, Il. 60513

Cover - $15.00

He plans on captivating us with works by Tesar, Morel, Janacek, Koshkin, Falla, Tucapsky, Rak and Duarte. 

Do not miss this golden opportunity to hear such an outstanding musician, winner of 4 International Guitar Competitions, Professor of Guitar at Conservatoire of Brno and Janacek Academie of Music, President of the Czech Classical Guitar Society and Director of the International Guitar Festival and Courses in Brno, Czech Republic.

Those of you who have previously experienced Vladislav Blaha know what a treat it is to see him live and in person.  Those, who have not, will not leave disappointed.

An example of Blaha’s mastery:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Stroll

Photo by AVR 2010
Halloween Stroll

Crackle, crackle
Dusty shadows
Crunch and cackle
Follow hollow
Pounding footsteps

Cracks of thunder
Broken branches
Over, under
Snap and scream
Spooky Doppler

The Big Bopper
Sings Chantilly lace
And a pretty face
But I digress
As trees undress

On this unholy
Wooded path
To who knows where
I stroll and stare
At the murky water

The misted river
Seems to swerve
Around the curve
Of my pretty neck
As I do swear

This wretched dream
Will be my last trek
Unnerved through this
Forest preserve
On Halloween

© Alice Vedral Rivera – 10/30/2014 12:11pm

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Druha Trava at Red Line Tap in Chicago

For those Chicago fans that missed Druha Trava's concert at Klas earlier this month, they will be playing at the Red Line Tap, 7006 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago IL 60626 on November 4, 2014 along with the Chicago based band, Mudflapps. For more info Red Line Tap

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Alive in Wonderland

I realized, the other day, that I had written 19 Poemhunter inspired poems and then I wrote 2 more.  I will be re-posting those poems to PH one at a time and I will endeavor to add my own audio to some - so far the audio doesn't seem to be taking.

FYI, I am grateful for the Poemhunter website.  It was the PH forum that taught me not to take criticism so personally and helped me overcome my fear of sharing my poetic ‘babies’.  The poets I have met and continue to meet on this site have left indelible marks on my writing by their example, encouragement, critiques, comments and forum discourses.  I have to credit the PH forum for inspiring me to write a good many of my social/political commentary poems.  This poem is part of "Shadows on the Carpet I", '
Visions' section (inspired by the PH forum).


Going down the rabbit hole
Ravages one’s eternal soul
photo by AVR
Shrinking it down very small
Blowing it up nine feet tall

Living in Wonderland
Not having the upper hand
A life with integrity
It’s not so easy

Listening to the queen of hearts
Scream about some stolen tarts
More tea parties to be had
Thinking that you’re going mad

Being the underdog
Listening to a pedagogue
Say: “Live with integrity”
It’s not so easy

Floating through the looking glass
See distortion as you pass
A pathetic figurine
Wants to be a real queen

Alive in Wonderland
Where life is never bland
Living with integrity
Is not so easy

© Alice Vedral Rivera - 2006