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My friend Antonella Pagano is a poet who engages you inside her poems. Her recitations touch each listener and positive emotions vibrate in the air. I think for these reasons she has been invited to Assisi as an “Artist for Peace” participating in the Meeting “East meets West”.

Antonella, what message are you carrying this time?

Firstly, let me talk about the emotion of being here in Assisi, an area that is a synthesis of a physical place and a place of the soul: overflowing with spirituality and so much energy that I felt regenerated. The seeds of Saint Francis continue to sprout in every season, in every era, in every day that the earth rotates.

In my past experience I have created about the story of Beauty, that I render visible with the sound of my thousand bells, with the tulle on which I sit, and with the books with pages of silk upon which those stories are handwritten.

This time I will tell of a special flock of “Flamingos of peace”, a poem left to the breaths of wind and the heartbeats of each spectator. Here are some lines:

This foreign sun flaunting bizarre anchors
Decked with rainbows of flowers that intrigue madness.
Flight on flamingos of peace.
They have faces of women and children
Fly high over meadows of a brave green.
Volcanoes erupt petals and dandelions here
The fervent lava flow embraces the heart
Suturing all pain.
I hear castanets
bleating of grazing
The moons circle in the sky.

I sense young girls’ voices singing sweet songs of figs
I sense women’s with voices of grape
I sense murmuring lands
I sense the winds and the seas and faint swishing
I sense a flutter of wings
Clouds sprinkle sugar on mountains bravely sharp.
I sense souls too stunned to stir
Arms that hold onto other arms
Hands of silk vie with the Wind.

The eighteenth edition of the meeting has the theme “East meets West for a New Civilization of Peace”. How did they select you as Artist for Peace?

The foundation “The Mandir of Peace” is a voluntary international cultural, social and humanitarian network, founded by Maria Gabriella Lavorgna. 2015 is a year dedicated by Pope Francis to mercy and my ‘flock’ of “flamingos of peace” is much liked.

Also I have been invested as a Dame of ‘”Orders Venerabilis Sodalicii Mariae SS. Boni Consilii Mortis et Misericordiae “, an order of chivalry that boasts a thousand years of history.

But we come to the meeting, an appointment with art, ecology, science, ethics, economics because the culture of peace must be more concrete and feasible. Since 1998 Assisi has brought to life and approached apparently antithetical hemispheres, even those of the brain, to show how these can be integrated proactive and ‘cooperattive’ (I spelled incorrectly by intentionally doubling the ‘t’), to explain how the interaction between the two polarities, the rational and the intuitive, can occur.

“The awakening of self-awareness: all is One”: life which is travelled to achieve one’s full own identity and awareness of being part of the whole. The contemporary challenges require Mankind to be agile in dealing with diversity, able to experiment with the many aspects of Unity. It is not utopia and still, if it were, I would say that I like to fight for utopias, be at the forefront with a bouquet of flowers in hand to give to each skeptic, annihilated or indifferent one.

This bipolar reality, I speak of the two hemispheres, has created major ideological conflicts, and their integration, instead, has founded the new science in the evolutionary path with Consciousness. The new scientific paradigms help us to fathom the great, fascinating, intriguing mystery of life, mind, and spirit.

The wedding between exact Science / analogical Science celebrates the overcoming of the barrier between Reason and Intuition. The human / nature / physical environment is corresponding to the correlation body / mind / spirit. I recognize that there are other alternative routes, but everyone must sooner or later confront this. It is so that you can experience peace on a personal level and help pave the way for universal peace.

But always, I will not tire to point out to remind all, to be flavoured and coloured with joy.

She speaks of joy and happiness and, very often, and she speaks with joy: it is stunning.

Joy is also the hero in a novel that I seem unable to ever finish. I find so many colours of joy that I think of when I finish, I must add another new chapter. How wonderful!

Even St. Francis was a poet. That his “with all the creatures” is a clear message. In this “cum”, or ‘with’ … weighs tons, while often it is the opposite. It weighs tons that word “all”, where I can see all of us humans shake hands and walk together. And then the word “creatures”, which in the south of Italy also means children, weighs a lot, at least for believers.

It gives me joy to think about how important the relationship between man / earth, man / sky, man / air, man/water, man / star, man / weight, man / weightlessness, skin colour, manual dexterity, intellectuality, genius, creativity, charity, simplicity, complexity, identity, mystery.

It weighs a lot, but it can also be immensely light, in this the poetry is a teacher, then you can imagine the feel and be really responsible to all around us, animals, plants, nature and our fellow mankind.

I think it may seem trivial, obvious, but in truth we are using the cover of banality to do what we please. The planet we live has been a cozy garden and generous.

Claudia Bettiol

IT Ingegnere, futurista e fondatrice di Discoverplaces. Consulente per lo Sviluppo Turistico dei Territori, specializzato nella sostenibilità e nella promozione culturale dei piccoli territori e delle piccole imprese. Ama i cavalli ENG Engineeer, futurist, joint founder of Energitismo and founder of Discoverplaces. Consultant for the development and promotion of the Touristic Development of Territories specialising in sustainability and in cultural promotion of small places and small enterprises. She loves horses


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