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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2015
CHARLES KONG SOO
A nn Marcia Samm s book of
poems, Seven Shades of Precious
Moments encapsulates her life
experiences and provides healing words
for the soul.
Speaking at the Sunday Guardian s
offices on Tuesday on what provided the
catalyst for her writing, Samm said, "I
wanted to go to high school and I didn t
get through with the common entrance
exams at that time, where they used to
select two of the top students in the pri-
mary schools to go to NorthEastern College.
Unfortunately I didn t make it.
"I went home and I told my parents that
I wanted to go to high school, it was the
only thing I wanted to do. My father said
he couldn t afford to send me to high school
because he was already sending my sister
and one of my brothers to school. I was
"I persisted and went and wrote the
entrance test for one of the high schools
in Sangre Grande at that time, and I passed.
"I went back to daddy and mummy and
said I would like to go to high school please,
they still said that they couldn t afford it
and from then on, I started to put my
thoughts and emotions to paper."
Samm, who is also the Guardian Neediest
Cases Fund administrator, said her words
became her companion, writing her
thought-forms down in whatever she could
find, pieces of paper, cloth and copy books.
She said one of the first poems she wrote
was called The Candlefly. Samm said it
was very precious to her since she wanted
to be free like the candlefly.
Samm said the candlefly has two green
lights when it becomes dark, it can see
where it s going and doesn t need anybody
to guide it; she wanted that kind of free-
She said she continued with her writing
wherever she went and observed and writ-
ing down her emotions was what she spent
her free times doing.
Samm said she would write while sitting
below a tree, while travelling in a maxi to
work. She said she spent time trying to
imagine what it would be like from different
perspectives such as in one of her poems,
The Orphan, about a child that is left alone
in the world and has no one to care for
She said she tried to put herself in that
child s shoes to see how that child would
feel, and she put those thoughts and feel-
ings into words.
Sadness sometimes overcame Samm
while writing her poems. Ones such poem
was Child Labour, she said. Samm said
because of the depictions in the media,
her imagination went into overdrive to get
into the mind of a child in the workplace.
Her poems, she said, were about reality.
She wrote "quite a few" about how peo-
ple were treated, the ones we love, not
telling them we love them, and the ones
we treat badly.
Samm said the first poem in her book,
Now That You Are Gone, I Have Realised
What I have Taken For Granted was about
someone she took for granted---sometimes
she was dear and loving to that person, at
other times it didn t matter, until that per-
son had gone.
She said that it was her intention to get
people to realise that what they felt was
real, to not hold back if they loved someone,
to let that person know that they loved
them and don t take it for granted that
they know they loved them.
Samm said her writings was about giving
back to mankind. She would like to see
her work make a difference in a person s
life or even to save a life.
She said many people were stressed out,
everyone had problems, but not everyone
needed to carry their problems with them.
Samm said they can leave some of their
burdens behind, see the beauty in God s
creation and appreciate what was out there.
She advised that we should not only see
the bad things but the good, as there is a
little bit of heaven right here on earth.
A verse from her book of poems offers
comfort, reassurance: "True friends are
few but it is God s way of saying I am here
Samm, determined and not daunted by
her interrupted education, said she studied
on her own, never gave up, attaining her
five subjects and went on to do a Certificate
in Business Management at UWI Open
Campus, HR degree in Human Resource
Management at Anglia Ruskin University
in Cambridge, gourmet cooking and cater-
ing diploma courses, dress making and
drapery designing and supervisory and
professional development courses.
Healing words for the soul
Samm expresses her experiences through poetry
Ann Marcia Samm encapsulates her life experiences with her book entitled Seven Shades
of Precious Moments. PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
About Ann Marcia Samm
• Samm is married to Roderick Samm
and is the mother of three sons.
• Samm believes that every person has
a gift and should seek God's guidance to
find fulfillment. Her mantra is: "Never fail
• Samm's book is available for $75 and
she can be contacted at:
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