Global Flood Plains

I’m back with a political and dystopian vengeance – my inspiration has come from three sources this week, and three geographical locations: The Handmaid’s Tale; an incredible spoken word piece by a young Indian woman (see below); and the floods in Houston, Niamey, and Mumbai.

 

Hope this one makes you think:

 

Global Flood Plains

The world is full of shocks

that push us to the edge of our seats

and cause lesions to appear in our freshly painted homes,

the water seeps in

gurgling

through the newly varnished wood

and across the red sand floor

swallowing our toes whole

 

But, it’s just a bit of rain –

falling in a place I don’t know

 

But it’s just a bit of rain –

falling through the cracks in other people’s lives

 

But, t’s just a bit of rain –

until the drops obscure my doorstep, my home,

until my life is swirling with the neighbours dog

and the preacher’s wife;

 

it’s just a bit of rain,

it’s just a bit of rain to make the flowers grow.

 

© LE Purse

4th September 2017

 

Link for the spoken word piece: https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FTheUltimateVideosOfficial%2Fvideos%2F1457569157627224%2F&show_text=0&width=476

Link for the quote from A Handmaid’s Tale.

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