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
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.