Fire #Uganda #Atozchallenge

“There’s a fire” a boy points

it looks like dust

the men go to check

flames are raging

inside a small school

men and women rush

saving everything they can

“Get out before the roof falls”

fire brigade of 25 children

“pump pump pump”

children carry 20 to 30 pounds of water

I try to put a bucket on my head

my arms will have to do

brave men push brick walls inward

courageous children pump and carry water

one school is gone

I sigh with relief – “no one is hurt this day”

tomorrow a new challenge

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Brave children

red hot flames of destruction

tired, sooty smiles

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This fire happened 3 weeks ago while we were visiting Uganda. Our aim was to teach elementary children during the day  and encourage a home of orphans and staff at night.

In the United States we would stand back and watch as firefighters battled a fire. Not so with these strong people who dragged burning, hot furniture out of a raging fire. Kelly, a 3-year-old, carried bucket after bucket of water to save the school.

In stead of the 16 elementary lessons I had prepared, we spent the week teaching 70 children (4-6 year olds) on the porch of the orphanage. I was thankful for a suitcase of crafts and a butterfly puppet, I packed last-minute, who helped my husband and I teach  daily lessons.

 

 

 

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Faith #atozchallenge #haiku

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faith to move mountains

great minds cannot see God’s hand

child touches belief

water child

What does faith mean to you?

 

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

~Hebrews 11:1

 

A to Z folks I am visiting:

Scribbling In The Storage Room                                   No Word For Sand
The Write Game                                                             Indie Lifer
Pempi’s Palace (E/S)                                                       RamblinWithAM
Amazing Animals                                                          THE KATY
feelgoodwithmeblog                                                    Author Sharon Hamilton
Amy Morris-Jones (WR)                                              From This Side of the Pond
Jen Seriously. Seriously, Jen? (PR)                             Tami @ Thrift Shop Commando
My Imagination World (PR)                                        Eloquent Articulation by Inderpreet ( PR )
Dr Gulara Vincent (PR)                                                 Spooky Mrs Green
Steven Chapman (Writer) (WR)                                   durbadhyani
Tracking Down The Family                                         Michelle Wallace @ Writer~In~Transit

 

Splinters In My Feet #photography #poetry #atoz #napowrimo

promises old

Photography “The Boardwalk” copyright L. Moon 2011

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Nautilus

This year for  A to Z challenge, I am using the Nautilus as my inspiration all month. The shell has many chambers (at least enough to fit all the letters.)  You will find poetry,  You will find some dark stuff (as I am attempting to branch into the horror genre), You will also see a smattering of short stories or prose (some with children in mind) others as lessons that we can all learn from. I look forward to  meeting you and getting to know some talented writers over this month long writing journey. Please check over at the A to Z challenge and see what they are up to; they are a fine bunch of folks.