Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wandering Moon

The wandering
Moon in my visual field
Her beautiful smile
Over my shadow

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Dealing with Uncertainty

A spirited soul
Deals with uncertainty in the
Crack of dawn...
Stoking the fires of
Opportunity with gusto

He flies into the school
Of hard knocks, oblivious to
The impending storm
Forging the spirit of survival
With tender eyes on the future

Rise up and
Shine, oh lost boy, when the
Opportunity knocks…
Put the wheels in motion
For a winner

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Songs of Compassion

Songs of
Compassion on a warm
Summer’s night…
The matriarch of Tamworth
Feeds the hungry child

I see a thousand
Angels, with wings of light,
With the refugees in the mean
Streets of Tamworth

The long quest
For future in the landscape
Of beauty & joy
The hidden river of tears
Under the rainbow

In the
Shadow of dismay, they
Wait, in vain,
For signs of hope under
The Tamworth moon

Of the lost boy in the
Sun-burnt country…
The sweet sound of a
Different drum

A ray of hope
In the horizon, this
Year of the pig…
The golden wattle blooms
In the garden of dreams

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Good People of Tamworth

The Australian country music town of Tamworth has, finally, succumbed to public pressure to allow just five penniless Sudanese families to settle in the area.

In a very special way, Tamworth has finally seen the light. Thanks, largely, to the effort of Mr. Robert Schofield, the town's eminent councillor and publican who took up the Sudanese cause in the council chambers. And won an amazing victory!

Not to be forgotten is the good work of Ken Fenton, the Anglican priest, who collected 1500 signatures in support of the refugees.

The Sudanese refugees are here to stay and the good people of Tamworth are right behind them - caring for their needs; supporting the resettlement effort.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sweet Breeze


Breeze on my face, after

The summer snow

The hibiscus flower


© Lawrence T.Udo-Ekpo

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Wise Dog

The wise dog
Of Findon digs in for
A fight over the
Bones of Christmas past…
The dream is still alive!

He learnt how
To catch the flying fox
By the wing
Who says you can’t teach an
Old dog some new tricks?

Dreaming of
Burying his bones on the moon
One summer night…
The naked ambition of the
Wise dog revealed

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Golden Dawn

The New Year
In fancy clothes
Golden dawn

Like a blushing
Bride from the heavens
The New Year
Arrives with a bang…
The sound of silence

Of the new age…
A year
Full of laughter
And music

The secrets
Of love and passion
This funny year
Of the pig

Gone are the
Years of solitude…
The last
Flurry of the
Summer snow

With a sunny
Smile and nimble feet
The Nubian
Finds his own rhythm in
The ancient land of OZ

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Settlement Support for Children

The Refugee Services based at the Netley Commercial Park, in South Australia, provides case management services for refugee children under the age of 18 years.

The settlement support includes direct access to local services such as housing, health, education, transport, and information; assisting in the development of social connections within the wider Australian society.

For further information, please contact:

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year Poem

New Year
In the city of light...
The sound of hope

In the ‘hood, this
New Year Eve
The enduring legacy
Of the epicurean past

Looking at the
The New Year with
Lustful eyes…
She found the golden
Heart of love divine

The old year
Goes off with a bang
The heart sings

The lost boy tells
His own story of survival
Year after year...
The golden wattle

Inspired by
The cosmic birth of time
The naked poet
Sat on the rock
Writing his first tanka

Aussie New Year takes
The dreamtime city by storm
Sumptuous wind

And comedians in
High spirits…
A gala ball at the
Dawn of time

© Lawrence T. Udo-Ekpo