Cross Roads for “X” #atozchallenge

At the crossroads our eyes met

a young boy driving cattle

in a city traffic jam

my jaw drops at the sight

 what world have I been sent back in time to

you reached your hand through the window

no need to fear

you offer meat filled skewers

MacDonalds you are not

but the food cant be faster

A different world passes by

dust kicks up as we move north

to the crossroads of our life

with A to Z at it’s zenith many of you will have come to a crossroads as a blogger. What have you learned from this 30 day adventure?

 

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wire #children #atozchallange

man size stripes

children forced to bare

who will make this right

cold hard becomes the stare

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wire cuts clean through

 innocence dies

sign our own doom

none believe the lies

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children pay the price

no money can repay

history must think twice

there is a judgement day

My Focus this month is children. The Acholi people (and presently the So. Sudanese) hold basins of tears for children lost because of military despots. South Sudan has displace over 1 million children most are now orphaned. We try to help but wouldn’t it be easier to stop trying to destroy tomorrow’s hope because of today’s wire thin avarice?

Certainly we have learned very little from the  slaughtering of 1.5 million children in the Holocaust,

 

Photo from myjewishlearning.com

 

Traffic #children #atozchallenge #Uganda

 

 

From the Iron Donkey I watch

a normal afternoon in Gulu

two boys

four eyes

 traffic

people, animals, motorcycles

*iron donkeys, cars and trucks

 

 

 

The Iron Donkey is a guest house where we stay in Gulu. The iron donkey is also what Westerners consider a bicycle.

 

 

 

Shading #atozchallenge #children

 

give me a crayon

a paper of my own

leave me to create

a space all alone

a quiet, a calm

 a world you can’t touch

when I’m done I’m so proud

happiness doesn’t take much

huts and livestock

trees in the breeze clap their hands

children coloring

It is no surprise that Ugandan children love crafts. Coloring or as Ugandans call it Shading can quiet the loudest group of children. Intent are they to create with color.

Quart #water #atozchallenge #children

 

 

start with a pint

work up to a quart

neck, shoulders are strong

carrying water always work

Our friend started carrying water on his head at two. It’s part of life when you need to move water from the well to your home. Many heads gets the job done.

Our first trip to Uganda we fought a fire. The children (from 3 and up) were the water carriers. They faithfully moved jugs of up to 40 gallons to put out the fire that was engulfing their school. I can’t even carry one gallon on my head.