Poems

Something about fires evacuation and the bulldozers moving in

October 26, 2016

Something about fires evacuation and the bulldozers moving in Something about all over again the massacre of the innocents is upon us From the pages of the bible those of combat the whole thing again upon us Something about doing the right thing and carrying out what has to be done Something about the clothes […]

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No open book of scripture is a match for a hive of bees

July 18, 2016

No open book of scripture is a match for a hive of bees Not words and their completeness but pollens and the drunkenness of their sweetness To see something of what it means to be inside the crowning of a great miracle Take yourself with a torch into the world of bees Witness the sweet […]

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Humanity first and politics last it was the great Mother who said this

July 16, 2016

Humanity first and politics last it was a great Mother who said this In grief we are all brothers and sisters the clouds overhead said this And the differences between us those differences are really wanting to befriend us Of all who live who intend for the soul that our humanity will never desert us […]

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I watched a little boy flying his kite no ordinary kite

March 16, 2016

I watched a little boy flying his kite no ordinary kite At the end of the string flying higher and higher Is a plum tree hanging with fruit How bizarre is this and how fantastically courageous A little boy given the gift of imagination That flying his kite the plum tree Will drop its fruit […]

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The world as it must become

March 2, 2016

The world as it must become Countries and borders dissolving Faster than God can blink his eye Migration is on the move Ronald Rae Tweet

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Before the magnificent illusion got going

January 31, 2016

Before the magnificent illusion got going Before my mother’s going into labour Before the breaking of waters Before the forceps mark on my brain Before God was thought of My birth-voice gave majesty to the unknown A voice from the crown of possibility The great waiting of waiting to be born My earth-voice a spate […]

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A spider was asked to give up the spinning of its web

January 16, 2016

A spider was asked to give up the spinning of its web and to go and live Where with human beings it could understand their sacred texts The spider of course cared nothing for this and continued to spin its web As for the sacred texts they remained unread by the spider But that was […]

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We have many more imperatives none more pressing

December 2, 2015

We have many moral imperatives none more pressing Than we disappear from the face of the earth So says the prophet of prophets there is no claim That we are more divine than the stones in the field It could be in our survive and be damned attitude We human beings have forfeited our right […]

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If we have solidarity let it be the solidarity that enables our humanity to excel

November 16, 2015

If we have solidarity let it be the solidarity that enables our humanity to excel The humanity that humankind cannot let go the humanity whose faith is older than the world If we have solidarity our humanity will help survive what needs surviving Ronald Rae       Tweet

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Life coming at you like a rocket and it’s not a healing to stop it

February 17, 2015

Life coming at you like a rocket and it’s not a healing to stop it Here you are miner-mole heaving earth in the dark out into the dark In God’s own image if we like other endangered species Are heading in the same direction how will it be For God without moles and without tunnels […]

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The human soul never will it become less than our supply of love to it

September 12, 2014

The human soul never will it become less than our supply of love to it If ever fatigue of spirit was read it would read The soil that supports us the soil that will never be anything else but soil The soil that fires hope into belief and belief into breathing for itself The soil […]

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The train is so long it stretches way back over the border

August 3, 2014

The train is so long it stretches way back over the border Out of unhindered conflict a train like this is quite a monster Of ghosts we are and keeping time to a frosted clock I’m going to bless you brother and bless you sister You pass us and we remember you and we wave […]

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The kind of prayer I want to pray

April 6, 2014

The kind of prayer I want to pray Is a prayer from its beginning to its end that it will solve itself My cruise and my marches around doubt I want them to be in their geography that they are come to a close For disappearing is my reference it’s not with Thoughts that you […]

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I can’t get it out of my head the foot that crushed the snail

August 14, 2012

I can’t get it out of my head the foot that crushed the snail In the way that life goes on I want that foot to feel shame Closed perfection and closed resurrection this is no gain Dispersed for the sake of being dispersed For the sake of nothing at all reduced to a messy […]

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How can you go about your business

May 29, 2012

How can you go about your business Knowing that you have murdered innocent children Even with a torch shining in your face How can you say that you are the animator of freedom Your likeness why must you walk it over broken glass With your cast iron certainty that it orchestrates hell on earth Where […]

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So you’re off – today’s the day the final big push

May 21, 2012

So you’re off – today’s the day the final big push A young man’s game I hope you know what you’re doing Spread your wings but watch out for those Who would tear your wings from the skies Watch out for the meaning that it be lost The footfall watch out for where it falls […]

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In a country too hot to give birth

April 27, 2012

In a country too hot to give birth A young girl is doing just that giving birth In temperatures where the only shade Is the shadow cast by a pencil balanced on the warlord’s table The girl in labour now she can shout out The heart of the sun the heat of the sun What […]

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There’s something about us that endures fires

April 25, 2012

There’s something about us that endures fires A blaze out of control is a blaze out of control But not the death of a firstborn The death of a child is not a par for the course life goes on event There’s no doubt about it we human beings Will never be released from tragedy […]

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My hands are on the table and my life is in front of you

October 11, 2011

My hands are on the table and my life is in front of you In the silence we both know where hope is taking us Let us be quick but not deadly in our beliefs Let us bury our weapons where we can never again find them Surely secure are the places and the memories […]

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