Inside out

Some poems and reflections on life


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It takes one

Sitting on the porch
In the evening sun
First day back in Hong Kong

Discussing news with Father Murray
On the hill overlooking the New City
At the house of St Francis
Up the road from Tao Fung Shan

“tell me” he asks “how did it start?”
“it started” I say “with one”
“one kitchen, one hall, one church, one school”

“gradually it grew
“the ones joined
“they joined up and linked
“we started to see suburbs and then towns
then a few cities and regions”

“eventually more than half the country

“it was only a matter of time
“before the government had to say “no”

“but it started with “one”

“one kitchen – no nuclear weapons in my kitchen
“thank you very much

“I know that sounds strange and futile
“but if enough people say it and
“say it together
“things happen
“and they did

“That is how NZ became nuclear free.”

And thinking back now,
As I fly over Hong Kong again
Maybe, just maybe, that is why
We don’t live in a
Nuclear winter.

What one will you change in your kitchen today?

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St Francis Day unobserved

A man talks to a dog

People rush by

“Sorry, we’re not here today to take your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you …”

A donation if you please …  when my pay comes through next week

Patiencewhen I have a moment, dear

Humility – you don’t understanding what its like having all these responsibilities

Joysorry, can’t see you today – could we set up a time next week, perhaps …

© David Earle, 2008