- 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
We come back and find that there is so much life in our hometown!
There’s so much more to do and so much more to give back;
So many events to celebrate and to dance to,
To smile for,
And to dress up for.
There are also many markets,
Some of which are small, and some are large.
But all are energetic
As markets spice up our lives.
It’s where we can relate nature to food and food to life,
Because pork were pigs,
And fish were fishes
And their lives feed our bodies and souls.
At home, there are elders who need our care,
and youngsters who miss our warmth.
And so we try to thrive, by means of creation as well as superstition
Through the things that are known, and the things that are new
Thus, there’s luxury amongst modesty,
And technology alongside tectonics;
But no, we don’t forget gardening and farming,
Because there is always beauty in growing food for life.
So I have come to understand that life here has valued traditions, but it is open for new explorations
To help enhance their opportunities, and address their challenges
And when it is time for me to leave,
I know that I too can always come home.
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