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26th May 2020

Laudato Si’ Week: a Poem by John Kirwan MHM

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IN IT TOGETHER                                          (A villanelle)

Can any on our tiny earth avoid the climates’ change?
We are in it together.     
How find the wonder of a truly fair exchange?

Floods, droughts and storms come to derange
Our trees, grains, blooms, fruit, herbs and heather…
Can any on our tiny earth avoid the climates’ change? 

We find each other odd and strange;
Not peas of one pod or birds of a feather.
How find the wonder of a truly fair exchange?

Some live in a hut, others in a grange;
Some are at ease, others at the end of their tether.                                                                                                                  
Can any on our tiny earth avoid the climates’ change? 

Some see a way through the whole range
Of problems (so they say); some wonder whether…?
How find the wonder of a truly fair exchange?

Changed one way? Then change back again: re-change.                                                                                              
Embrace each other’s world. Embrace good weather.
Can any on our tiny earth avoid the climates’ change?                                                                                                        
How find the wonder of a truly fair exchange?

                                                                                      John D. Kirwan.   16 May 2020

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