My Hazara People – a poem for Refugee Week

I’m observing Refugee Week with a poem a day. This poem highlights the horrors faced by children – such horrors and distress that they can’t find the words to describe what has happened to them. This poem, brought to our attention by Kate Clanchy, is by Shukria Rezaei (pictured right) who “can’t write” about her […]

Home – a poem for Refugee Week

Today marks the 20th Refugee Week (June 18th-24th). This poem by Warsan Shire explores the terrifying circumstances which force people to flee for their lives. No one leaves home unless home is the mouth of a shark. “You only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well”. Warsan Shire (born […]

First Steps

The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn which shines brighter and brighter until full day. Proverbs 4:18 Who knows where first steps lead? We feel our way through death’s vale, beyond the pale to dark corners, blind alleys, a way hardly taken, through dark nights of the soul. This is the […]

Leadership Styles and a Political Divide

Originally posted on Grains of Sand:
Sometimes you hear bells ringing all the while through reading a book. There was so many chimes in Finding Your Leadership Style by Keith Lamdin – so many “just so” moments”, so many reminders of other reading – and I so agreed with the direction of Keith Lamdin’s travel. Two women staffing…

Shoulders, Atlas and Earth Day

If you had to choose a poem for Earth Day what would it be? From my limited collection of poetry I have chosen Shoulders by Naomi Shihab Nye. It reminded me of Atlas and his burden – I share the popular misconception that he shoulders the earth (rather than the celestial spheres). Naomi Shihab Nye shoulders hope […]

The Negative Spaces We Forget

I didn’t know what “negative space” was until I joined an art class and discovered just how important negative space is. Negative space is the space that surrounds an object in an image. Negative space helps to define the boundaries of positive space and brings balance to a composition. We highlight what we do. In […]