One Million Stars to End Violence

“When you wish upon a Star,
Makes no difference who you are…”
-Jiminy Cricket, Walt Disney’s “Pinocchio”

 

Stars Fled From Your Eyes

 

stars fled from your eyes
and the shadow of death
cast upon your face
on this dark gloomy night
filled with goodbyes
and unending sighs
of a once-promising life

stars fled from your eyes
and you stop dreaming
of what could have been’s
and what if’s
a future you may never see
for it has become so bleak
and gloomy

stars fled from your eyes
and it may never come back
unless you take the courage
to speak up
seek for help
and maybe, just maybe
start anew

stars fled from your  eyes, no, not yet

 

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We have been fascinated by the stars- those shiny bright, little five-pointed dots in the sky that has been illuminating, even before humans exist.  It presents us with beautiful symbolism over the years even when there were not enough scientific studies made to prove its origin. The Star is said to be one of the most beautiful and enchanting of all Symbols. For many, it symbolizes aspiration, inspiration,
imagination, wonder, dreams, pursuits,
creative brilliance, divine intervention, and even magic.

Imagine, what happens if one loses all of these?

The violence of any form massacres these little red dots illuminating the very core of every human being reflected upon in their eyes. And that is why they say, the eyes are the windows to our soul.
Look around you, see if the star is still shining brightly in the eyes of your beloved daughter, sister, friend, neighbor, or even the one who sits across your table in a cafeteria.

Let’s take a moment in our day to observe whose star is slowly dying, you might save a life, save a dream, save hope, or even save magic.

Written for “One Million Stars to End Violence” project of PERAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY

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Dedicated to all women and children who are victims of Violence.

Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) is a registered, apolitical, non-profitable, and non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 2003 to enhance the status and lives of women in Perak irrespective of their race, religion and social background.
They recently launched its “One Million Stars to End Violence” project. It is a global weaving that has inspired individuals, groups, and communities to weave stars to inspire light, hope, and peace in the world. Ms. Maryann Talia Pau, the founder of One Million Stars to End Violence Project has urged the global community to continue her good work in encouraging everyone to end violence.
Let us help PWWS bring back the star in the eyes of every woman and every child whose lives have been destroyed and altered by violence.

Please send your stars to them at PWW:
The PWW Centre
15 Market Street
30000 Ipoh
Tel : 05-2469715

Below is the link to learn how to make the stars :
//www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSjyDqztzaQ

For more information, email at perakwomenforwomen@gmail.com

I am also calling out to all WP bloggers around Malaysia to help me share this cause with your followers and encourage them to participate.

Help save a life; weave a star!!!

84 Comments

  1. syncwithdeep says:

    Beautifully written. I loved the last three lines of your first stanza..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you Deepa..please help me share it with your friends around Malaysia..the PWWS needs more platforms to help create awareness

      Liked by 1 person

      1. syncwithdeep says:

        I will reblog this michs

        Liked by 1 person

      2. michnavs says:

        Thank you so much..it would help a lot.

        Like

  2. syncwithdeep says:

    Reblogged this on syncwithdeep and commented:
    Care to Share? Pls help share this beautiful work of Michs written for the women of Perak, Malaysia..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Many thanks Deepa😊😊

      Like

      1. syncwithdeep says:

        My pleasure always♥️♥️

        Liked by 1 person

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  4. blindzanygirl says:

    You inspired me to make a post mich, on my blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Loraine.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. blindzanygirl says:

        You are very welcome mich

        Liked by 1 person

  5. blindzanygirl says:

    Meant to say also, I linked it back to your post here

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Yeah..💓💓💓

      Like

  6. A very worthy cause to bring peace into women’s lives. I am sharing this post. Nanette

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thanks so much Nanette…it would mean a lot to the Women of Perak (and the other victims of violence)..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. We have much to do to end violence and raising awareness is so important.

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      2. michnavs says:

        I agree Nanette..😊

        Liked by 1 person

  7. Reblogged this on paeansunpluggedblog and commented:
    Sharing Mich’s moving words for a worthy cause. Please spread the word.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Punam..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. It’s an honour Mich. 🙏🏼

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      2. michnavs says:

        🤗🤗🤗

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  8. Yip of PWW says:

    Thank you Michelle for sharing the work of PWW.
    The One Million Stars to End Violence Project is one of our advocacy projects. We use this One Million Stars platform to advocate for an end to violence. It has reached far and wide and to the young and old. We organised talks on not only domestic violence but also on cyberbullying as well.
    This project was started in November 2017 and we target 31st October 2019 where we will reach a million stars. As at today, our tally is already 826,584! We are now in the midst of preparing the installation of the stars. We welcome help with installation, ideas, or any form of contribution.
    You can check out our facebook pages below :

    https://www.facebook.com/1MillionStars/

    https://www.facebook.com/PerakWomenforWomen/

    PWW is also organising a fundraising dinner to raise funds for the installation as well as sustaining the work of PWW. Any help rendered is most welcome.

    Thank you, everyone, for making this One Million Stars Project viral. It has to reach out to everyone, that, violence, in any form, has to stop NOW!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. michnavs says:

      It my honor to be able to provide a voice to those unable to speak up..and it my joy to share my skills in creating more awareness on abuse and violence.

      I would love to provide inputs and insights on the installation event. A

      Please let me know details of the fundraisinh dinner..

      May we continue to providr voice to all women and children who are silent victims of abuse and violence

      Like

    2. michnavs says:

      **it’s my honor

      Like

  9. This is so beautiful. I love your use of words, just reading them conjured hope and lifted the spirit. Wonderful 🙂💕

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much christine..

      Like

  10. singledust says:

    eloquent and powerful my friend.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank you so much dear Gina

      Liked by 1 person

      1. singledust says:

        you are making such a difference in ways i could never, hugs!!!!

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      2. michnavs says:

        I have been wanting to do something like this and a walk to down the Concubine Lane (as inspired by your stories) was all that it takes to discover the PWW shop

        Liked by 1 person

      3. singledust says:

        you are making me see my own country through new lenses, i am glad you walked down that lane and came across this place, its cause now carried further by your excellent words

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      4. michnavs says:

        I am pleased to read you say that…abuse and violence is unacceptable and we should find a way to prevent it from happening further and if my words could make an impact to those unable to speak up, then i would love to use it for this cause.

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      5. singledust says:

        i am seeing the reblogs, your words are honoured and respected

        Liked by 1 person

      6. michnavs says:

        I am also very thankful and happy and overwhelmed for the responses…

        Teary eyed….

        Liked by 1 person

  11. singledust says:

    Reblogged this on Singledust and commented:
    Mich highlights something so important in Malaysia, thank you my dear friend for putting this into words

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you too Gina for sharing..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. singledust says:

        as i said on your post, you are making a difference i could never, thank you dear friend

        Liked by 1 person

  12. Beautiful poem that really made me think from verse to verse. To see the ‘stars’ leave an individual’s eyes is truly sad. May we all be the kinds of human being who brings a bright star in the eyes of others.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. michnavs says:

      That’s really wonderful of you to say that..and yes may we bring bright stars to others..

      Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you GH

      Like

  13. Thanks for posting this. It almost made me cry.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      I am glad it has an impact on you..

      Together we can make a difference

      Like

  14. Winnie says:

    This is a beautiful tribute, Mich. Your poem was like a whisper to my soul.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Winnie..i love that it whispers into your soul…

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Winnie says:

        You’re welcome, Mich.

        Liked by 1 person

  15. calmkate says:

    wonderful to spread this powerful message, we must be open to listening and ready to support most of these families are too ashamed, too scared to open up … they are under the threat of death and escape seems impossible …
    This is one of my posts on this topic now more than three years old but little has changed
    http://aroused.blog/2016/06/01/love-that-kills/

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much kate..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. calmkate says:

        most welcome Mich

        Liked by 1 person

  16. ivor20 says:

    Brilliantly written Mich, my tears have touched the stars…….

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thanks for that tears Ivor..

      Liked by 1 person

  17. What a beautifully written and inspiring post Mich. I hope the stars exceed one million.

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    1. michnavs says:

      I hope too so Bridgid..🤗

      Liked by 1 person

  18. Beautiful post. Expressed so perfectly. Hopefully it will resonate in the hearts and minds of so many. Proud to know you.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Drew..violence of any form is never okay

      Liked by 1 person

  19. Andromeda says:

    Very insipired! Thank you for such a beautiful post.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much.

      Like

  20. Niki Flow says:

    This is such a cool idea. I watched the video to make the stars. I’m going to do this. When I was in a DV shelter 25 years ago, we did a ceremony to honor the sisters who did not survive. Too many. Thank you. Keep shining.
    ♥.

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    1. michnavs says:

      Oh thank you…i am happy you watched it..it could be a cool way also of getting through a not so busy day..
      Let me know.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Niki Flow says:

        I will for sure! Thanks so much again. ♥.

        Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Chuck

      Like

  21. iidorun says:

    Thank you for writing this and for following up with the group. This sounds like a fantastic project! I’ll be sending in my stars… also just reblogged (I hope I did it correctly!). ❤️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much Irma..your reblog means a lot to the victims of violence especially to this organization

      Liked by 1 person

  22. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    YOWZA—–EXCELLENT WORTHY CAUSE, POETRY AND PRESENTATION!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you so much..

      Liked by 1 person

  23. Jules says:

    I copied the information from that accompanied your lovely verse.
    I watched the video – which I think I will have to watch again to get the hand of it.
    I do have a box of ribbon that I will have to try this on.
    Though I’m not sure the cost of shipping from the states…
    One thing at a time, I need to catch up on returning to whatever my ‘normal’ is.
    Hugs, Jules

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Ohhh thanks so much Jules….thank you really..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jules says:

        I attempted to make one of the stars. I am not sure how many might fit in a standard envelope to Malaysia. One ounce is about a dollar plus to send. A stiff standard USPS envelope can be over $50. And even small boxes over $100.

        Liked by 1 person

      2. michnavs says:

        Oh, Jules the PWWS would be delighted to have it coming all the way from the U.S i will give them a heads up…thank you so much..Bless you and your kind heart..

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Jules says:

        Might be a week or so (and that isn’t including postal travel time). I have lots of ribbon. It will just depend on the cost of how many I can send.

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      4. michnavs says:

        I am happy really happy Jules…The Women of Perak would be honored and delighted to have your stars hang alongside the others ..

        Liked by 1 person

  24. Reblogged this on A Reading Writer and commented:
    Reblogging this much needed initiative.

    “One Million Stars to End Violence” project of PERAK WOMEN FOR WOMEN SOCIETY

    Dedicated to all women and children who are victims of Violence.

    Perak Women for Women Society (PWW) is a registered, apolitical, non profitable and non-governmental organisation (NGO) founded in 2003 to enhance the status and lives of women in Perak irrespective of their race, religion and social background.
    They recently launched its “One Million Stars to End Violence” project. It is a global weaving that has inspired individuals, groups and communities to weave stars to inspire light, hope and peace in the world. Ms Maryann Talia Pau, the founder of One Million Stars to End Violence Project has urged the global community to continue her good work in encouraging everyone to end violence.
    Let us help PWWS bring back the star in the eyes of every women and every children whose lives have been destroyed and altered by violence.

    Please send your stars to them at PWW:
    The PWW Centre
    15 Market Street
    30000 Ipoh
    Tel : 05-2469715

    Below is the link to learn how to make the stars :
    //www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSjyDqztzaQ

    For more information, email at perakwomenforwomen@gmail.com

    I am also calling out to all WP bloggers around Malaysia to help me share this cause to your followers and encourage them to participate.

    Help save a life; weave a star!!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you Rosiee

      Liked by 1 person

  25. Jade M. Wong says:

    This is such a great cause, thank you Mich, for sharing it, and your poem! Where do I start?? I loved it the warmth and sincerity weaved into the lines. I hope these stars never go out 💜

    Liked by 1 person

    1. michnavs says:

      Oh, thank you Jade…and i am so happy to see you back..

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Jade M. Wong says:

        I’m happy to be back, I’ve missed you, my friend!

        Liked by 1 person

      2. michnavs says:

        😊😊😊we miss you here too..

        Liked by 1 person

  26. A worthy cause. ❤

    Like

    1. michnavs says:

      Thank you 💗💗💗

      Like

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