ME

I am not

beholden to my image

but to myself

I am not

fettered to time

but I am not outside of it

let me learn

from my wisdom

let me awaken

the sleeping beauty

let her speak to me

every time

 

I am without my sun

but not without light

without my world

but not without earth

like a bird

I possess nothing

except wings

whilst everything is mine

what I touch

what I breathe

what I live

 

I am without a home

but not homeless

like rain

housed in clouds

until sun-chased

drops scatter

across land

 

I am not bound

but caught in my words

the letters are light

the poems are steppes

and wind is my prince

I am here and there

encompassing beginnings

and ends

from stars to earth

a fragment

a whole

me

Writing about myself is the most ungrateful writing!

That is why I will insert a poem which talks about me in the last poetry collection Loves without Home.

I was born in Prekmurje, Slovenia, where I grew up in the middle of beautiful fields and pastures, where children played from morning to night, when there were no phones and television was such an exception, that we walked through the prospect if we could watch a movie.

Soon, the circumstances of my life took me to Dolenjska, then to Ljubljana, where I completed all the schools with institutional weight. Elementary School, Secondary and University and Master Studies in Slovene and Italian Literature. As an excellent student I had the door of The University open to what I wanted to study with love - languages and literature. Poetry was my greatest love within art.

Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, studies of Slavic and Romance languages and literature (Slovene, Italian and two years of additional Spanish language),

Scientific Master's degree accomplished in Slovene and Italian literature.

My first job led me to Rome where I was a professor of Slovene language and literature at the University of Rome - La Sapienza Roma and RAI Roma journalist - translator and journalist of Slovene broadcasts I was also the translator to Slovenian politicians and diplomats in Rome from Prime Minister to President of Republic of Slovenia.

I worked for the Italian Ministry of Education / Ministero della Pubblica Istruzione like a translator, creator of exams for Secondary schools in Italy where Slovene is the working school language / mother tongue /.

At the end of the nineties I went to Spain to Madrid as the spouse of Slovenian Ambassador in Spain, Cuba and Andorra with a series of diplomatic activities and giving classes of Slovene language and literature (cyclical lectures) at Complutense University of Madrid for the students and professors of Slavic languages.

From Madrid I moved to Brussels as the spouse of the Slovenian ambassador to the EU with many diplomatic activities. It was during the time when Slovenia joined the EU. I was fully involved in the integration of the Slovenian language into the European School and in the same time I focused on writing and publishing.

In the last ten years, I have published five poetry collections!

 

Agenda, aphorisms and poems 2007-8, Granules of sand, Heart and Thought (poems and the collection of Aphorisms), Breviary of life - the note of the soul / The first four poetic collections are co-author / and Love without home alone as Dragica Čarna, my new artistic name.

Over the years, I also competed with CLL-Language Center under the auspices of the Catholic University of Leuven as a professor of Slovene and Italian language for the needs of the CLL Center and for CLL IE (European Institutions) as a professor of the Slovenian language for European Institutions.

Long-term education and studies from alternative treatment methods / Reiki / Master Reiki, healer.

For more than a decade, I was also a representative of Slovenian parents of children at the European School - Uccle. The initiator of the change of the curriculum in the Slovene language, the initiator for having more hours of Slovene at the European Schools, the initiator of reforms at the European Schools regarding the mother tongue! Long-standing battle for a more equitable learning system for not only in the Slovene language, but also without a language section.

Organizer and performer of promotion of Slovenian cuisine at the same school for charitable purposes.

My time outside Slovenia is the time of many literary evenings with the interweaving of poetry and music in Belgium for members of the Slovenian community and foreigners, is the time for the poetry- dance performances in Brussels for Slovenes and foreigners, and many literary evenings with presentation of my poetry in Slovenia with a mix of music (Pen, Society Slovene writers, Grosuplje Municipal Library, Mladinska knjiga Konzorcij Ljubljana, Be Art Angel Gallery, Brdo Kranj, as a member of MIRA and member of PEN – Association of writers ). To connect the Slovene language, culture and art among other nations of the world and to spread it with other languages ​​and cultures.

Hobbies include: creating, writing, interweaving various types of art, organization of poetry-dance performances, flamenco dancing, astrology studies, spirituality, yoga

my testament

on the edge of time

I dance for me the Song of Songs

 

Dragica Čarna