Restored #forgiveness #poetry #uganda

They curse the dry unyielding ground stubble from impotent crops remain toppled huts call out in anger “we will never be whole again they have maligned our children destroyed our spirit” only bitter weeds grow strong *** lovingly they pour water on hardened ground fingers soiled with ancestral dirt music filters through new huts golden […]

Kindness #children #atozchallenge

mama’s busy with the farm rain blocked the way we jump life’s puddles we  cross them together today on my back tomorrow holding hands   The Acholi are hard working and determined people. The women will work the farm during the day, clean up , then carry their produce to market each evening. The young […]

Butterfly #children #Atozchallenge

  Alive with color enamoured by this small creature smile on her face   We use the puppets named Bethany (butterfly)  and Judah (Lion) to help teach our lessons. Puppets have an amazing ability to involve even shy children. One of the first Acholi words I learned was La Fou Fou (Butter fly)   sharing […]

The Story of a Village #photography #poetry

There were children that we didn’t hear there were mamas burdens to bear there was water miles carried away there was sunshine  too busy everyday                                                             […]

Layers of Uganda #photography #haiku #Uganda

  storm clouds march forward savanna goes on forever layered her pain   The layers of Uganda – A woman is sorrowful at the loss of her newborn child but she does not cry, fierce storms give little notice, and the horizon seems endless.   The WordPress Photo challenge this week is Layered  

Ant Hill #Uganda #poetry

 hand tickles the clouds toes clutch creases of dirt ants raise their heads confused how did that ant get so big? children play hide n seek *mono peeks around the building footballs rush over high grass older boys chase fun village women pump water Pawell never sits still   * mono = white person   […]

Water #poetry #drought #Uganda

one blue cup each flows easily through her hands dry river beds laughter’s pure reflection sing song they learn A B Cs * so young to be old internal Acholi’s strength Nile clouds my vision * If I share a handful of their giggles, would you share a handful of precious water? This week’s  Word […]

Talia #atozchallenge #Uganda #Gulu

Like a morning glory she radiates beauty a natural gift for language she wants to be a teacher singing and dance comes to mind when I think of her smile wrap up a gift filled with her dreams Talia is a 20 year old young woman who lives full time at the orphanage in Gulu. […]

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