A poem I’ve published on nexus: https://nexusonline.org/why-a-doctor-writes-poetry/
We each have the opportunity to open our eyes to see people and events through eyes of compassion and wonder. The opportunities are endless. As we evaluate our lives and the realities around us, we can chose to become ‘comfortably numb’ when the problems around us seem overwhelming. We can miss many opportunities to be enriched, and to see others through fresh eyes. On the other hand, taking even a small step in the right direction can bring immeasurable richness into our lives, but often not in monetary terms.
Once while based in Addis Ababa we opened our home to some homeless girls: we had a lovely time seeing life through these young people’s eyes – never has a jigzaw puzzle been such a source of wonder. A lovely memory was created, one we still carry in our hearts.
Justice- The Bigger Picture
Have I the guts to speak out for voices unheard
oppressed, unrepresented, ignored?
Can I secede from earthly rules that burden the poor?
that threaten, prejudice, suppress and ignore?
Do I fall into line under systems that rule above us all?
Can I hear the call to work towards peace and provide for real needs?
Love calls. ‘Don’t cling to things,’ She implores me to share.
Will I answer loves call ?
or will temptation and the treadmill compete?
There’s plenty in the fertile ground of the poor
but its taken by greed for rich seams, and for seed.
There’s harvests galore and precious elements are mined
but little is gained despite the high price.
With blood sweat and tears many fall and they die
While peoples in rich nations can claim:
‘we’re smarter, we earned it all.’
Most of the world follows a beast
who dresses selfishness up as need
Back in the year nought
he offered the world to the King of us all.
The beast craves worship, the true king’s opposed
but thank God my King resisted that claim
The beast still beckons, seduces, enslaves
with riches, honours, power and fame.
“Go to war!” his followers cry
“Cover my back, think of all the gain!”
I could adopt this style and have it all
but didn’t he lie about this before?
Proverbs 13: 23 Isaiah 58:4-8 Daniel 7:23, Revelation 13:1-6, 11-15, 16-18, Matthew 4: 9, Micah 6: 8