Yellow #atozchallenge #orphans #Uganda

A boy with a yellow shirt

whizzes by pushing a tire

laughter giggles

before he can stop it

children eye the toy

waiting for their turn

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I have a year old picture

children sit on the porch

sorrow pulls them down

fathers are dead, mothers sick or in prison

the boy with the yellow shirt

whizzes by

 I thank God for healing love

Thanks to the A to Z challenge for letting me share a chronicle of a trip, the Acholi people and loved orphans,

Lake Victoria #atozchallenge #Uganda

Sunday picnic

families and friends relax

one day to enjoy

waters lap along the edge

one man is angry

chases another

friends laugh

drama in Africa

same all over the world

Lake Victoria is named after England’s queen – Victoria. It is the largest tropical lake in the world, it provides a livelihood for  people in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. It is the source of the Nile (in Jinja); there have been arguments over the years which country owns the Nile.

Pollution and over fishing are present day problems for Lake Victoria.

We are almost at the end of the A to Z Challenge. Many thanks to the people who make this possible each year.

Talia #atozchallenge #Uganda #Gulu

Our Translator

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. She is studying to be a teacher ( she takes classes in her free time.) I can’t tell you how many times she took time away from her chores to translate lessons for me. That smile is part of her everyday beauty. If I could pay for her classes to be a teacher, I would in a heartbeat as this young woman is dedicated and intelligent.

 

Lions and …. Monkeys “Oh My” #uganda #atozchallenge

“Here kitty kitty”

I whisper from my seat

looking very un-edible

I don’t rise to my feet

I can hear her breathe

she waits still for her prey

her whiskers flick

not staying to play

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Monkeys watch from the road

they will jump on your car

if you aren’t careful

they’ll be nearer than far

 

We enjoyed being a few feet away from the lioness. I was glad we were in a very large truck.

We were told not to provoke the monkeys (small and large). From our boat, we watched  a group of tourists (where we had been earlier in the day) being circled by baboons.

 

I continue to enjoy the A to Z challenge tho I got behind because of travel.

Photo of the lioness taken by my friend and host John Pipes.

 

Hut #Acholi #Uganda #atozchallenge

Big enough for two

ants compete with the size

kitchen outside

Sand castles

spring cleaning adds more rooms

fit for a king

I am off the grid for the next couple of days but will check back to see how y’all are doing. We didn’t dare to measure the ant hills but some appear to be as tall as a human and are elaborate as castles.

Enjoy the blog posts of fantastic bloggers at the A to Z challenge.

Giraffe #Uganda #atozchallenge #safari

Gracefully crossing the road

*tower follows in succession

speckled beasts silent strode

mother lingers behind

eyeing the line of crossing

her calf close to her side

long neck leaves raking

food plentiful so high

pictures can’t stop taking

beauty silent passing by

*group of giraffes is called a tower

I appreciate the parks that allow wild animals to live in their natural habitat with less risk of poaching. A safari should be on  everyone’s  bucket list.

Please be sure to enjoy the month of fantastic blogs on the A to Z challenge.

 

The Bat Beat #Acoli #Uganda #atozchallenge

 side of dirt road

 man in bush away from heat

beat beat beat-beat

music stirs my ear

tapping rhythm of my feet

beat beat beat-beat

 white ants bait

“bats good to eat”

beat beat beat-beat

on the side of an orange road

plenty left to eat

beat beat beat-beat

Walking along a quiet road, we encounter children and a man beating a rhythm on a piece of wood. The Acholi man tells us that he is capturing bait for bats. The white ants are collected in handmade clay jars and are a bat delicacy.  I was entranced by the music made as this talented man went about his work.

 

Thanks to my friend John Pipes for the video (since mine won’t upload.)

 

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