Bertony LOUIS
& Ferlinda DORT- Diary

There's no doubt that writing embodies dreams. The poet is a citizen of any country, but he has no poetic nationality; he is a poet, that's all. The need to write is never ephemeral for the poet, for he cannot live by steps alone but... by writing. There is the possibility of writing and the opportunity to write, the latter being a gift. Seeing our need to write, realizing that the poet must "propagate the word and rub paper", Vajszlo reached out to us and here we are, poets in a city, worthy of the poetry visit. Vajszlo opened the door for us, he didn't leave us outside, where there's weeping and gnashing of teeth, where the poem struggles to stand on its own two feet.

Our plane from Madrid landed in Budapest, the beautiful city, very late at night. And from here, we could already appreciate the love in the people. True, it was dark, but there was still light on the faces of the Hungarians, and we'd say that every face was a love poem. From Budapest, we had driven 3 hours to Pecs, the country's second largest city, and it was here that we met the nicest man in the country, Karoly Mehes, head of the residency program. We spent the night there, and the next day Karoly took us to Vajszlo, the city of all happiness. Along the way, we talked about Hungary, Haiti and its current situation. What a bliss it is to be a poet anyway. Here we're going to meet the most human character in town, Istvan Hortvan, the mayor: he's someone with a heart, ready to help others; he helped us throughout our stay, he even invited us to dine at his place and make other acquaintances. With greenery everywhere, very quiet, I was right to say that this is a city worthy of writing poetry. One of our most memorable experiences was the warm welcome we received from the children at a school close to our home. They smiled at us and were delighted to have us among them.

During our four-week residency, we worked on our project "Sharing purity ", a collection of humanitarian poetry with philanthropic themes such as love, peace, fraternity, human rights

and solidarity between peoples. These are the themes that dominate our poetry, as we follow Guillevic who said to "make the poem a lever for changing the world" and we want to be "faithful to poetry". We gave an interview to the journalist Mohay Reka, for an article in the daily BAMA, she is very kind. We also took part in the making of a short film about our stay in the city, the skill of the technical team and the work of our interpreter were incredible.

It was a beautiful experience and all we can say is that we lived humanity and Vajszlo helped us take a big step forward in our careers as poets. We hope this isn't our last visit and that in the future we'll be able to relive this experience again, which I have no words to describe.