Take a Side, Pride and A Poem

24 Jun

We live in very uncertain times and many of us feel worried.  At choir we are learning several songs of strength and resistance written by our leader and I always leave choir feeling stronger and more determined.   One of our songs (and I will share them after their debut concert in July) is about standing up in the face of injustice and defending those less able to do so for themselves. I was reminded of these words of Desmond Tutu:

  “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”

On Sunday, in Saltash, we waited for the Cornwall Pride Bus and the parade. It was brilliant and very well supported. One of our songs is about being who you want to be and loving who you want to love and I will share that one later too.

I have a friend who is a poet and he has recently had an event where he gave away A Poem on a Paper Bag – a delightful idea. He visited Cornwall last week but we have family here so couldn’t meet up. However, he has sent me my very own Poem on a Paper Bag and here it is, in his very own handwriting. Thank you so much, Kim. I love it – Jackdaws caught to perfection!

Kak-Kak by Kim Ridgeon


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5 responses to “Take a Side, Pride and A Poem

  1. anotherday2paradise

    June 25, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    What a great poem. Love the paper bag idea. 🙂 Desmond Tutu is a very wise man. Love the gay Pride banner. 🙂

  2. nrhatch

    June 25, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    If only we had reached the Age of Aquarius . . . when peace will guide the planet and love will steer the stars.

    • mybeautfulthings

      June 25, 2019 at 1:26 pm

      Oh, yes, I am so with you there. Sending you love and peace from Cornwall. 🙂

  3. Piglet in Portugal

    June 24, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    I like the idea of writing a poem on a paper bag. A really unusual gift!

  4. Kim Ridgeon

    June 24, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Your pride post is wonderful. Our son will shortly be at Pride in London with his husband. Salt ash looks great. So glad you liked Kak-Kak! We will meet one day. Thank you.


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