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.

Photographer #atozchallenge #Uganda #acholi

 

 

images of a moment

a few held digitally

others only close

 suspended in memory

the photographer reminds us

 places where we’ve gone

people who are close

he brought us along

celebrate the magic

the aperture doth spy

creative destination

 captured with my eye

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too wild to hold

running with the seasons

camera ready

Uganda is a place that holds so much beauty that passes in a blink. My memory banks are full of flashes of color. I try to imprint in my heart the smiles of people I met. I’m grateful for the telephoto lense that brings a lioness, crocodile and hippo close but not in harm’s way. Im happy for an artform that captures a few memories to relieve.

The header is a mirror image of our dear friend John Pipes who has many gifts including photography.

 

A Single Orphan #atozchallenge #Africa #Uganda

There had been too many to count

blue eyes, brown skin

little hands big feet

from Ukraine to Uganda

silent cry the same

“Ma Ma”

Some left in a field

others on a bin

most left with nothing

and overly thin

a few were adopted

many stung by the cold

they started out young

too soon they were old

“no solution” they say

the world is too small

children too many

no parents at all

but what about  hearts

of you and of me

provide for these futures

giving more free

a day down the road

there will only be one

one single orphan

and him not alone

Though there is no simple solution to helping the growing population of children without parents I do know there are two responses. One is a willingness to have a little less that others can have something and the other is to open one’s heart to the misery and the heartache of this world and make a small difference. Easy? No! Possible? Yes!!!

The children we are working with are each a treasure. There are those who have fast legs, others have beautiful voices and others could draw exceptionally if someone would give them a pencil, drawing pad and some encouragement. Most important are hands filled with love and laps with plenty of room for children.

There is a large  group of orphans (refugees) that we are hoping to (help) build a center for in Northern Gulu. The opportunities range from supplying  funds for bedding, shoes and clothing to coming and giving a week or two of your time in numerous areas. Interested??

my email is vesseyglobal@gmail.com

 

Nile and Orphans #uganda #atozchallenge #Acholi

The water’s stories flow

she laps against my boat

pages of history turning

one torn proffered note

lazy sun lulled to sleep

 one hand in the nile

not very far off

 slanted eye, crocodile

a swish of his tail

for my hand it’s too late

better learn from history

spilt blood is her fate

awaken to the falls

book falls from my hand

so much life has been lived

on this river beauty, grand

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can’t count the drops

seasons droughts and floods

orphans plentiful

Celebrating the strength and  beauty of the Acholi people and the Nile on this A to Z challenge Monday.

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 as 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.

 

Jinja and Kampala #uganda #atozchallenge

So I was on the road and off grid and am going to play catch up. My theme is still Uganda and most often a tribute to the Acholi tribe of Northern Uganda.

The beginning of the Nile

or so some claim

a harbor for refugees

Jinja is her name

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Traffic’s a jam

four hours a mile

crocodiles skulk

in the heart of the Nile

Kampala, her largest city

the cattle don’t know

 walk through the middle

cars mingle you know

time on our hands

we shop with our eyes

from jewelry to dead fish

from pearls to swine

business essential

my office or yours

junk yard pavilion

car on the second floor

 

Jinja was the city that many acholi fled to when the north was ravaged by soldiers. Many have not returned to their ancestral land.

Iron Donkey #uganda #atozchallenge

durable my Chevy truck

 carried heavy loads

donkeys hard their working

animals of old

 lumber on a bike seat

on flat,  hills too steep

couldn’t believe my eyes

 one guy on narrow street

water in large jugs

more than a person can lug

 faithful bearer on wheels

tho iron it may be

The Iron Donkey is also the name  of a wonderful Cafe/Guest House in Gulu with free Wi-Fi , bedrooms with shower access, and great food. If you are in Gulu, you have to stop in anything on the menu is excellent.

I was amazed at how hard men work to get their lumber, water, food, family, from one place to another.