Monday, November 19, 2007

On the Wings of Destiny

up with
the sparrows in Findon…
golden dawn

on the
wings of Destiny…
i crossed
the secret river
of time

i sat in absolute
silence, immersed in the inner
glow of your being

now, you walk
along my dreams with
lustful eyes
charmingly dressed
in vivid pink

a long kiss
in the garden of Desire…
tasting your nectar

in ceaseless motion…
the mystical flower
of youth

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The African Family Forum

The African Family Forum was, recently, held in Adelaide city under the auspices of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC).

The Lt. Governor of South Australia, Hieu Van Le, opened the forum with a passionate (and timely) speech about the African contribution to the Australian society.

During the forum, the African community leaders highlighted the enormous challenges facing the new arrivals in raising families in Australia due to the significant differences in child-rearing practices between cultures.

There were also some concerns about the negative impact of government policies on the African family life and cultural survival.

These issues were discussed at length during the forum but effective solutions were difficult to come by.

Specific concerns were expressed about the uncertain consequences of using physical punishment to discipline children - an emotional issue for the new arrivals; and one in which there’s no immediate solution.

Another critical issue of concern to the African community in South Australia is the impact (on family life) of the direct Centrelink payments to young people. (Centrelink is an Australian Government Statutory Agency charged with the responsibility of supporting those in need.)

The controversial issue of payment to young people was aired at the forum without any firm proposal for action.

Nevertheless, the discussion of this issue was one of the most significant achievements of the forum.

Here, it should be noted that the forum was organized by SAMEAC to bring together African community leaders and service providers from various government agencies.

In attendance were the senior government officials from the Centrelink and the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, as well as delegates from the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations

Members of the powerful Multicultural Education Committee (MEC) in South Australia also attended this important forum.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

The Tender Heart of Spring

the first
sensation of spring…
exquisite blooms

buds in fancy
deep thoughts
of you

the colorful butterfly…
flash dancing
in the wind

the sumptuous plume
of an egret…
sowing the seeds
of spring with gusto

your infectious smile
sublime… warming the fertile
crescent of my soul

the mystic poem
stir great lust…
in the tender heart
of spring

the son rises
in the garden of desire…
immense fecundity

in her element…
dressed in rainbow

you soar
like an egret on heat…
oh giggling beauty

bees in the spring
the rapturous sound
of creation unfold

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo