The organisers of the International Year of Light 2015 Literary Competition “Words and Light” at ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia, are delighted to present the collection of best works submitted to the competition. “Words and Light” was a one-of-its-kind event, initiated purposely for this International Year and Light-based Technologies 2015 (IYL 2015), aimed at being a tribute to all the writers inspired by Light, writers interested in the Science of Light, and scientists-poets, past and present.
More than 400 authors from 19 countries took part in the competition, namely Australia, Austria, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lithuania, Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, the Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. The anthology, depicting a breath of themes and genres, is beautifully illustrated by the works of the winners of the Poster competition “Let there be Light!”, organised by the same university. You can download the Words and Light Anthology here.
Here you can read some texts written by Brazilian children from the Escola de Arte Criativa Toulouse Lautrec in Franca, São Paulo, Brazil.
DIFFERENT MEANINGS FOR LIGHT
by Giulia Palermo Gianecchini (13 years old)
What is light to me?
Not just that.
It’s the eyes on the shadows,
It’s the warmth on the ice,
It’s the way to look in the dark.
The light dispels my fears in the dark. The light lets me find something.
It makes me choose something.
Without light, at night, I can’t see anything.
So, It does not make sense,
Because my eyes are the most important thing
In my body, for me.
Like, I love playing the piano at night,
Without light, I can’t see my fingers on the piano,
So, I can’t do my hobbie.
The light is important even if I was blind,
Because at least, people would see me, at night.
What would happen if the light finished? More deaths? More stealing? More assault? I don’t want to know that. The light has a different meaning for each other,
But for me,
It’s the most important thing for life.
WHAT DOES LIGHT MEAN FOR YOU?
by Lara Riboli Bortolato (13 years old)
The sun light,
And the moon light,
Had been ideas,
In our soul,
We can see
And the world light too.
You are my light and my life.
If I die you can
See me again.
The light will never extinguish!
by María Eduarda Freitas Bertolucci (13 years old)
In the dark I can see
The beauty light in your eyes You’re the light of my way When I am lost in the day You’re the light of the moon The sunlight
The light of my soul
The light of the sky
You’re the light of my life The light of the world
The light that dispels my fears
The light that makes me feel alive You ́re the person
Who taught me the meaning of light Light that means love
Love that means you.
WHAT LIGHT MEANS TO ME
by Flávia Rodrigues (14 years old)
Light brings inspiration
Without light, it is only darkness
I can’t imagine the world without light.
Well, I can, but I don’t want to.
Even with light, we have to confront darkness every day. Our own darkness.
But when things aren’t going well,
we can turn on the lights and run away
of the dark in our soul.
Of course we have to preserve light,
and sometimes it is good to turn the light off. But it is better to have the choice.
by Gabriela Monteiro Tosi (14 years old)
All was dark,
Nothing was seen,
Nothing was heard,
Then something came,
Small, bright and yellow,
Running between the inexistent, To make existence,
Did it walk lonely?
In direction of somewhere…
In the centre of something…
That isn ́t know
No, it wasn’t alone!
There were others,
In direction of centre,
Of something that isn’t known, They meet,
Because of your attraction, Radiated darkness,
Illuminated and energized, Something happened,
There wasn’t emptiness anymore, It wasn’t lonely, and quiet,
It had now,
The pulsing of life,
The light of hope,
Of the life that is made.