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TWO HARVESTS (ON THE VERY SAME TREE)

Two Harvests

This is an avocado tree in Onialeku Primary School, near Arua, Uganda. It is a shade from the sun. It has the school in the near distance. It has two harvests on it, at the same time. That got me thinking. So here's a travel poem with all the wonder and injustice of Uganda. Then there is a man's vision. Bishop Isaac Aswa. A school. We were then by Fields Of Life connected in the vision... the hope... the blessing...

 

Boda boda spewing out diesel

Tuko Tuko with a sugar cane load

Truck is struggling up another hill

On this straight straight road

Windows closed to those baboons

As dangerous as much as they tease

Long horns ignorant of their preening

Oh the beauty of that beast.

 

Ramps like Sleeping policeman

Bum dancing on the back of the bus

And everyone smiling and waving

Laughing at the soft western state of us

Boy in rags with a scampering goat

Banquet laid out on the other side

Fill your plate with Kalo and beans

For the road isn’t that wide.

 

I see a bishop sitting neath an avocado

Two harvests growing on the same tree

Some of the dreams that we are living

And the ones we are still to see

Some of the dreams already happening

And the ones yet still to be

Two harvests growing

On the very same tree.

 

There’s a woman with a harvest on her head  

There’s another with sticks in her hair

The wonder fills a thousand photos

There’s a million pictures too unfair

There’s a school in the corner of an acre

The sweet sound of children learning

God’s grace and I’m in on the blessing

Of a vision that comes slowly burning.

 

I see a bishop sitting 'neath an avocado

Two harvests growing on the same tree

Some of the dreams that we are living

And the ones we are still to see

Some of the dreams already happening

And the ones yet still to be

Two harvests growing

On the very same tree.

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