Jun 15, 2012
Friendship and flowers
A pre-Refugee Week arrival to my inbox... courtesy of Lesley Walker, a sentiment to carry in the Adelaide march on June 16, the Welcome Walks around the country and any celebrations you take part in for Refugee Week 2012.
FRIENDSHIP & FLOWERS.
To My Gracious Friends
Every Hindu friend in detention.
Every Christian friend in detention.
Every Muslim friend in detention.
Every man, woman & child.
Is Grieving .
Privately remembering & commemorating precious lives.
Lives lost to each family.
Murdered, or bombed, or press-ganged, or kidnapped, or disappeared.
Grieving also the mothers & fathers who chose to leave children behind.
In that violent homeland, those children are with grandparents & relatives.
‘Unaccompanied’ children live in detention. Some for a year, two years.
It is not for me to know why they come. They are HERE NOW.
In violent homelands are their mothers & fathers & brothers & sisters.
In Iran. In Indonesia. In Sri Lanka. In India. In Afghanistan. In Pakistan. In Vietnam. In Africa.
In China. In every continent.
Hearts are aching across the globe.
How can I comfort you?
What might soothe the painful longing, the regrets, the never-ending thinking through long nights.
What can I offer that makes a difference, what might soothe your heartache a little?
There are no flowers in detention.
No flowers to put before the memorial altars.
No flowers to gaze upon with wonder.
No flowers to recall the gardens & parks & wild bush places or jungly forests in another cherished land.
This I can offer. I can walk beside you in this hard time.
I can offer friendship in this hard time.