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Education is the Key


Education is the Key

…to the upliftment of people
From the clutches of poverty;
Lost generations,
Unable to find work,
How many lives have been wasted?
How many brains are asleep?
Having no chance
To better themselves,
Acquire skills,
To learn the very basics
Of Reading, Writing and Math,
These poorest of the poor,
Together with their offspring
Will remain underprivileged
With no ladder to assist them
To climb out of the black hole of poverty.
Hopeless, helpless,
Forgotten/Ignored.

1GOAL: Education for All

1GOAL is a campaign seizing the power of football to ensure that education for all is a lasting impact of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. By bringing together footballers and fans, charities and organisations around the world, together we can call on world leaders to make education a reality for 72 million children by 2015.

Picture: http://www.kamat.com

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Water


Water

Cool, clear liquid
On my hot, dry throat,
Refreshing, rejuvenating,
Quenching my thirst.

Cool, clear liquid
On my burning eyes,
Appeasing and easing,
Healing my sight.

Cool, clear liquid
On my blistering skin,
Soothing, comforting,
And calming my soul.

Photo: Flikr.com

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Charientism


SIDEY’S CHALLENGE – link

Charientism

My dear, he said,
How nice to see you again.
Would you dance with me?
He bent his head
And kissed her hand,
Lingering longer
Than he need.

She looked at him,
Met his eyes for an instant
Then dropped her gaze.
Unwilling to show
The dislike she felt.
I would love to, she replied,
If you only could.

noun • /KAR-ee-un-tiz-um/ • a gracefully veiled insult.

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Charientism is the hardest of the four for me to specify because the definitions don’t always agree with each other. The OED has “gracefulness of style, expression of an unpleasant thing in a pleasant style.” Anyone who has ever studied New Testament Greek can see the word “Charis” behind it, which is the central NT term for “grace.” So, charientism appears simply to be an ability to speak graciously, and even to “cover over” the rough spots or unpleasant realities of the moment with smooth speech. Thus, a diplomat would need to practice charientism regularly. In classical Greek the term charientismos describes a person who is a wit or jester.

It can also refer to someone who is “charming.” One who is a charientismos is opposite to someone who speaks in a piercing, sharp, hasty or earnest manner. In his online rhetoric, Professor Burton defines the term as “mollifiying harsh words by answering them with smooth and appeasing mock.” Maybe. The root concept, however, seems to be the “charm” of the person responding, who is able by the calm and even gently ironic or humorous manner to “take the sting” out of what has been said. It is a very valuable verbal skill to have.

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Man, the Destroyer

Raw sewage and industrial waste flows across international borders New River passes from Mexicali to Calexico, California


Man, the Destroyer

Is it too much to ask
That our water be clean,
Uncontaminated
By sewage
Leaking into our dams?
Is it too much to ask
That our leaders appoint
Competent, knowledgeable people
To manage our cities,
Towns, townships
And rural communities
So that they have access
To clean, potable water.
Is it too much to ask
That such appointees
Put self-interest aside
To serve the people
And perform their tasks
To the best of their ability.
Is it too much to ask
That people not performing
Up to standard
Are given notice to quit
Not handshakes of gold
For non-performance.
If things continue
The way they are,
With rewards for nothing,
Our beautiful Rainbow Nation
Will wither and die,
Imploding on itself
Left to vultures and maggots
To clean the cesspool
Caused by mismanagement.

Water pollution
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Water pollution is the contamination of water bodies (e.g. lakes, rivers, oceans, groundwater).
Water pollution affects plants and organisms living in these bodies of water; and, in almost all cases the effect is damaging either to individual species and populations, but also to the natural biological communities.
Water pollution occurs when pollutants are discharged directly or indirectly into water bodies without adequate treatment to remove harmful compounds.

Photo: Wikipedia

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Frustration


Frustration

All you have to do…
Hurry, scurry,
Like a hamster on a wheel,
Time passing by
But I’m standing still.

All you have to do…
Red tape, security,
Everything has changed.
Travel to the Embassy
Then return home again.

No, not here at all,
Home Affairs denies,
Pretoria’s the place to go,
Foreign Affairs will help,
Here’s their address.

All you have to do…
Two steps forward
And slide back four.
Red Tape and bureaucracy,
Thwart me to the core.

Photo: Kimage.co.za

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A Glimpse of Heaven


A Glimpse of Heaven

I had a glimpse of heaven
And of how it will be
With happiness and truthfulness,
Trust and sincerity,
Support for each other
And each one his brother.

Completely the contrary
To our lives on earth today
Where suspicion plays a role
In all we do and say,
And we wear our masks to hide
Our feelings deep inside.

Photo: Flickr.com

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The Bank


The Bank

A solemn place of business,
And now an optimistic scene
Chatting vis-à-vis the chances
Of the home team.

The sunshine on their faces
And smiles in their eyes,
Hopefulness and buoyancy,
Was such a joy to see.

The game the night before
Had united them in spirit;
The Rainbow Nation had returned
Revived by the sport.

Picture: http://viewfromtheside.wordpress.com/2010/05/29/national-pride-weekend-theme-contribution/

Links: The Only Cin and Lyndatjie.

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Little Deaths


Little Deaths

Life is a journey
Cloaked in ambiguity
And Death is inescapable
Inevitable and unavoidable.

What then are ‘little deaths’?
Episodes of stress,
Major changes in our lives
That leave us feeling helpless.

Both big and little deaths
Leave us at our weakest,
Vulnerable, dependent,
Powerless and defenceless.

With help we can ride out
The storm of our emotions
Until tranquillity and harmony
Are restored to our integrity.

Photo: Flickr.com

When I had almost finished the above
I was looking for a reference to sleep
as ‘little death’, and I came across this.

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