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Category Archive: Inspirational

Oct 27

Torture by Alice Walker

After having just finished my last blog posting about the defunding of the community sector in Queensland, I was unable to get this poem off my mind – so I offer it here. To me it speaks of social action and the commitment and determination that I have seen in so many activists over the …

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May 27

The Power of Words

I have been going through some of my old files that I have kept for ages. In the process I have discovered many of the inspiring poems and words that I had collected over a number of years. I thought that some of these may be of interest to others so I will post some …

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May 27

Challenging Our Prejudices

This is another of the poems that I love. I used it a lot in my teaching when I was lecturing at University. What I most respect about this poem is that it so skilfully connects the broader social issues of discrimination and oppression to the more individual issues about our connections to ourselves.   …

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May 27

The Goblin

The Goblin   I would live in awe and wonder if I knew me as another And would marvel at this singular young woman Yet with vigour and gentility I cut at me with constancy And give my soul a flailing never equalied. Onward life proceeds, the denial of my needs The enemy within me …

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May 27

We All Love Mr Curly!

Leunig has an amazing capacity to capture complex ideas in an easily understood manner. This is one of the Curly-Pyjama Letters that I love the best and have just copied out here. I recommend the rest of the letters to you too!   (From Mr. Curly to Vasco Pyjama)   Dear Vasco, In response to …

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May 27

An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters I I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in I am lost… I am helpless It isn’t my fault It takes forever to find my way out.   II I walk down the same street.  There is a deep hole in …

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May 27

Letting Our Light Shine

This poem was written by Marianne Williamson, although many others, including Nelson Mandela, have been credited with it. I suspect this is because many (including Nelson Mandela) have used these words at poignant times in their careers. Many of you will know this but every time I read it, it still has an impact.   …

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May 27

Symptoms of Inner Peace

SYMPTOMS OF INNER PEACE by  Saskia Davis Be on the lookout for symptoms of inner peace. The hearts of a great many already have been exposed;  and it is possible that people, everywhere,  could come down with it in epidemic proportions. This could pose a serious threat to what, up to now,  has been a fairly …

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