Song of Sahel

Looking out from my bedroom at our cottage on the lake; It was a beautiful sunny day, blue skies and white fluffy clouds; the making of a poet’s dream.

I could hear the soft musical lap of the water against the shore while the wind teased the wild flowers.

That day I was writing my submission for Song of Sahel (SOS).

Mic Mac Lake

From my Window!

Sahel, a stark contrast to where I was sitting!


such a stunning name

the ‘edge’ of the Sahara

the belt of Africa

dry heat, flat terrain

lofty sand dunes

and mountains

land of gold and amber

one thing remains

inveterate drought

famine and urgent need

oh Sahel…


Yesterday I was asked for my perspective on my decision to get involved with the Song of Sahel (SOS). I got involved with the Song of Sahel not only as a member of Plum Tree Group but because I felt a deep sense of compassion for the plight of the children in Sahel. I have always had an innate desire to do what I can for children whether they are here in my homeland or in the Sahel.

The present drought and subsequent tragedies in the Sahel requires immediate action to make a difference to a seeming impossibility.

DiAnne Ebejer another member of Plum Tree Group, said that Over 15 million people are directly affected by drought, food shortages and malnutrition. Last year over 600,000 children under the age of five lost their lives here and are facing an even bigger crisis in the coming year.

Dr. Naimh Clune founder and CEO of Plum Tree books placed a call for submissions and join Song of Sahel (SOS); which would raise awareness and the potential to raise funds.

I join with Dr. Naimh Clune in this call To Join Us with your submissions.

Plum Tree Books, a new on-line Internet Publishing Company, sent out this call to artists, poets, musicians, writers and photographers to send in submissions for Song Of Sahel (SOS). Dr. Naimh Clune said, “The project aims to bring creative voices together from across the world to participate in an on-line event hosted on 15th September.”

There is an incredible response of poems, songs, story, photographs, art and music being donated to raise funds and awareness for the crisis facing Sahel.

There is still time – Deadline for Submissions will be August 15, 2012

As Dr.Naimh Clune explained the Song of Sahel, an anthology of poetry, fiction, music, art and photography, will be launched worldwide on September 15, 2012 on Facebook.

The Song of Sahel will be published by Plum Tree Books.

It will be a Multi-Media Kindle and available on

The proceeds of the sales will go to SOS Sahel, an NGO working in the Sahel region of Africa.

On the Plum Tree Dr Naimh Clune has written a compelling blog entitled  “A Song Of Sahel SOS: How Do We Show Solidarity?”

She asked many burning questions. It was rather gripping when I read her words,  ” How do we show solidarity for mothers, too weak in themselves to bury a child. The hungry desert claims tiny carcasses.”

Please go the link below to see all the details written by Dr. Naimh Clune


Here are some amazing people who have written on the Song of Sahel.

Take a moment to check it out.

Susie Bertie

DiAnne Ebejer

Claudio Fiore

Marla Todd

De Ann Townses Jr.

Marla Todd


Thank you for your time today in reading my blog on Sahel!


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