- PART II -

To See Things from Our End

“[To] understand rural poverty better, and to judge better what to do, outsiders, of whatever persuasion, have to see things from the other end.”

Robert Chambers, 1984, p. 46

[Back to Part I]

 
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We come back and find that there is so much life in our hometown!

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There’s so much more to do and so much more to give back;

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So many events to celebrate and to dance to,

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To smile for,

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And to dress up for.

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There are also many markets,

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Some of which are small, and some are large.

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But all are energetic

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As markets spice up our lives.

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It’s where we can relate nature to food and food to life,

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Because pork were pigs,

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And fish were fishes

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And their lives feed our bodies and souls.

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At home, there are elders who need our care,

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and youngsters who miss our warmth.

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And so we try to thrive, by means of creation as well as superstition

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Through the things that are known, and the things that are new

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Thus, there’s luxury amongst modesty,

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And technology alongside tectonics;

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But no, we don’t forget gardening and farming,

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Because there is always beauty in growing food for life.

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So I have come to understand that life here has valued traditions, but it is open for new explorations

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To help enhance their opportunities, and address their challenges

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And when it is time for me to leave,

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I know that I too can always come home.

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