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EBB AND FLOW

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The waves rushed in, dashing the beach,

drinking in the sand, gulping thirstily;

drawing in the seaweed, sea-shells and all they could reach.

Then they receded slowly, regrouping reluctantly.

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Ebb and flow…

The waves move, relentless

in their strife to grow

and yet, quite mindless!

 

Seagulls sweep in to examine

the bounty littered on the sand.

They pick, they nibble, they forage the shoreline

before they continue their winged way with wind.

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Ebb and flow…

Dawn breaks then the sun sets.

Soon the moon will glow,

time to pull in the nets.

 

The water ripples and gathers the clan.

Bursting with pride, it crests

oh, so high, according to plan

with medals pinned to its breasts!

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Ebb and flow…

Like the waves, time keeps moving:

fast or slow

but never stopping.

 

Time teases you with a Spring’s morning

and feeds you Summer’s ripening fruit.

Just watch out for the Autumn leaves falling

to herald the Winter of gloom and short daylight!

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Ebb and flow…

Life is about change, really!

The winds of change will blow.

Flow with time, like the waves, surely.

 

As much a part of Nature as the waves,

you exist, you live with each ebb and flow.

Nature creates, it sustains, it saves;

just flow with it, each high and each low.

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Ebb and flow…

Don’t fight it, simply float…

(but watch out for the undertow!)

The waves of time will carry you, like a boat.

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The meaning of Life is no mystery:

it is to survive, to stay alive!

It’s all been done before; why, it’s written in history!

Live each day, each moment, despite the pain and strife.

 

Ebb and flow…

Even the highest mountain, friend,

blow by slow blow

will eventually be reduced to sand!

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Be like the waves: joyous in creation,

bubbling with action and delight.

Though receding, still in motion,

yet cresting again to catch the sunlight.

 

Ebb and flow…

Run on the beach of your life:

like the waves, grow

and into the waters of life, dive!

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Ebb and flow.

Peace One Day

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Dear Friend,

I hope you’re well.

I thought it would be useful and supportive to give you a few ideas for ways in which you can make a massive difference on Peace Day 21 September, manifesting peace in our world and supporting the peace process. Now more than ever our world needs every single one of us to stand together.

So if you could please:

1. Mark Peace Day Saturday 21 September and tell us your plans
2. Join us on Facebook and ask all of your networks to do the same
3. Get the PeaceCode and put our 24-Hour Global Broadcast on your website, blog or Facebook page
4. Watch the 24-Hour Global Broadcast – at any point on 21 September

So here’s to 21 September. Please, please get involved. It is individuals that continue to make Peace Day a success; please be one of them. It’s a collective effort. You can help make the message of Peace Day the loudest message the world will hear on 21 September 2013!

If you need some inspiration, check out our Tumblr page for some of the exciting events that will be taking place around the world for Peace Day 2013.

Thank you for your continued support.

In peace

Jeremy

Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day

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Fatou Bensouda, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court

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Remember Locky?

Ela –

My family and I are completely overwhelmed and tremendously grateful for all the support we’ve received.

So far more than 350,000 people have signed our petition. It is just incredible.

After my son Locky appeared on The Today Show wearing a Hawks scarf, his beloved team jumped on board to support us. It brought huge smiles to the Auden household during this difficult time.

We’ve just heard that tonight we will be on Channel 10’s The Project. Please tune in and watch.

We have so much momentum – but as yet no movement from the drug companies.

Please keep sharing the petition so that numbers continue to grow – we are still hopeful that we can win this.
Keeping our campaign in the media and growing numbers on the petition will hopefully pressure the drug companies to see sense and give Nick the treatment he desperately needs.

Thanks for your ongoing support, it means so much.

Amy

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https://poet4justicedotwordpressdotcom.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/save-lockys-dad/

D.H. Lawrence

For my part, I prefer my heart to be broken. It is so lovely, dawn-kaleidoscopic within the crack.

– D.H. Lawrence

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September 11, 1885: British writer D.H. Lawrence’s life was marked by conflict and controversy. During World War I he managed to be accused of spying by both the Germans and the British, and his later works, including Lady Chatterley’s Lover, were labelled pornographic. He was born in Nottinghamshire, 128 years ago today.

 

Peace Day Saturday 21 September

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Dear Ela,

With just 1 week to go until Peace Day, it’s time to get ready for the biggest peace show on the planet!

On Peace Day Saturday 21 September Peace One Day is putting together a 24-hour Live Global Broadcast. By embedding our easy-to-use PeaceCode on your website, blog or social media platforms, you can share the broadcast free with your entire network and help drive awareness of Peace Day to an estimated 600 million people this year.

Here’s what you can expect to see as part of the Peace One Day Live Global Broadcast 2013:
• Flagship Peace One Day Celebration from the Peace Palace in The Hague featuring international artists, speakers and films.
• Live Peace Day concert from Medellin, Colombia.
• 19 Live Global Moments from 17 countries: panel discussions exploring the practical value of Peace Day around the world.
• Interviews with a pantheon of international actors, reading specially chosen text for Peace Day.
• Interviews and specially created music videos from international musicians.
• A brand new Peace One Day documentary.
Wherever you are in the world, grab the peace code, host the 24-hour broadcast, share it with your network, celebrate peace day with us…and be part of history.

You can check out what others are doing to mark Peace Day 2013 on our Tumblr page and let us know what you’ll be doing here.

Who will you make peace with 2 weeks from now?

Thank you for your continued support.

In peace

Jeremy

Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day

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Forced Child Marriage

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Aged 8, Rawan was sold by her parents, and forced into a marriage with a man five times her age. The injuries her young body sustained from her “wedding night” resulted in her death, and her story has sent shockwaves throughout the world.1

The most shocking thing about Rawan’s story? The fact that to many, her story is not shocking at all. Forced Child Marriage is a form of modern slavery, and in Yemen, there is no law which makes it illegal.

The Yemeni Government has the power to bring an end to Forced Marriage forever; the first step is to ban the marriage of anyone under the age of 18, protecting children from a life of domestic and sexual slavery.

We know that ending Forced Marriage everywhere poses big obstacles and yet, in the aftermath of Rawan’s death, and with the eyes of the world on Yemen, this may be one of few fleeting moments when we can create change. We’re not going to let down the millions of girls vulnerable to this form of modern slavery.

Forced Child Marriage is modern slavery and can be stopped.
Call on the government of Yemen to ban Forced Child Marriage.

Thank you for joining me in taking action.

Ela

1 http://www.unfpa.org/webdav/site/global/shared/documents/publications/2012/MarryingTooYoung.pdf

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Michael Ondaatje

She had always wanted words, she loved them; grew up on them. Words gave her clarity, brought reason, shape.

– Michael Ondaatje

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born in Colombo, Sri Lanka, September 12, 1943
gender: male
website: http://michaelondaatje.com/
genre: Literature & Fiction

He was born to a Burgher family of Dutch-Tamil-Sinhalese-Portuguese origin. He moved to England with his mother in 1954. After relocating to Canada in 1962, Ondaatje became a Canadian citizen. Ondaatje studied for a time at Bishops College School and Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec, but moved to Toronto and received his BA from the University of Toronto and his MA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario and began teaching at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. In 1970 he settled in Toronto. From 1971 to 1988 he taught English Literature at York University and Glendon College in Toronto.

He and his wife, novelist and academic Linda Spalding, co-edit Brick, A Literary Journal, with Michael Redhill, Michael Helm, and Esta Spalding.

Although he is best known as a novelist, Ondaatje’s work also encompasses memoir, poetry, and film.

Ondaatje has, since the 1960s, also been involved with Toronto’s influential Coach House Books, supporting the independent small press by working as a poetry editor.

In 1988 Michael Ondaatje was made an Officer of the Order of Canada (OC) and two years later became a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

He has two children and is the brother of philanthropist, businessman, and author Christopher Ondaatje.

In 1992 he received the Man Booker Prize for his winning novel adapted into an Academy-Award-winning film, The English Patient.

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4030.Michael_Ondaatje