Monday, September 24, 2007

The Whisper of Spring

the honeysuckle
blossoms near the mighty
fountain of delight…
the gentle whisper
of spring

of cosmic poems foretold…
the mesmerizing
sound of a different

e-mails from
the naked poet of Oz…
of the lonely

your magic
smile ignites the flame
whose energizing
force brings tears of joy
to my eyes

tempting me
with the forbidden fruit…
sound of heartbeat

you share
your laughter with me
this golden dawn…
a garden full
of dreams

with love, you embrace
the light…
dancing on my shadow
with passion

dining with
the goddess of the moon…
joyful lips

the rainbow with a handful
of dreams…
the nectar of the first
flower of spring

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Spring Flower

My quest
Leads me to the inner
Sanctum of your
Being, the epicentre
Of great joy

At last, the golden
Treasure unveiled

Deep inside
The heart of Virtue…
Love blossoms
Like the first flower
Of spring

Is the free spirit
That sails…
Gently along the secret
Rivers of time

The dome of pleasure…
Rising from
The lively veins
Of the soul

To me, lyrebird,
The beautiful
Songs of the waxing
Moon of Oz

Hold me
In your gentle arms
Oh Sweet Violet…
The spring flower
Of my dreams

Ah, the cool
Image of the spring flower…
Dancing in the wind

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Travel Grant

Tony Oyet has been declared the overall winner of the travel grant to attend the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ non-governmental consultations in Geneva this month.

These consultations provide an opportunity for representatives from the refugee sector and the refugees themselves to share their views with the UNHCR on questions of international concern for refugee policy and advocacy.

The travel grant, which is jointly sponsored by the Refugee Council of Australia and Oxfam Australia, covers return flights to Geneva, accommodation and associated expenses for the duration of the UNHCR consultations.

It should be noted that Mr. Oyet is a capable community leader who has worked tirelessly with the new arrivals, on health and resettlement issues, in the emerging communities in South Australia.

His close involvement with the Sudanese community, in particular, has grown rapidly in recent years. And, as the founding member of the Acholi Community Association, he is acutely aware of the significant problems of adaptation and resettlement facing the new generation of African refugees in the Australian society today.

For Mr. Oyet though, it has been a long and difficult journey from the remote community of Juba in Southern Sudan to the city of Adelaide. Tony has also lived in Uganda and was in the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya for a couple of years before coming to Australia in 2003.

He leaves Adelaide for Geneva on the 23rd September 2007.