SMILE – Lesley Saine

SMILE

Stranger in a strange land
Welcome smile
Bared teeth
Friendliness
Mistaken for hostility
Aggression
Welcome smile
Can equal death

Stranger in a strange land
Welcome smile
Hand of friendship
Masking the lies
Unscrupulousness
Treacherous deceit
Welcome smile
Can hide the true intent

Stranger in a strange land
Welcome smile
Innocent
Open and trusting
Met with distrust
Suspicion
Welcome smile
Lost amongst the prejudice

Stranger in a strange land
Welcome smile
Friendly overtures
Ignored
Classed out of the system
Respect sadly lacking
Welcome smile
Tainted by broken ideals

Stranger in a strange land
Welcome smiles all around
Differences reconciled
Working together
Collaborating
For a better future
Welcome smiles
Transparency and honesty shining through

© 2015 Lesley Saine

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A ‘placebo’ moment & Always worse off – Lesley Saine

A ‘placebo’ moment

Do you feel the need to complain?
Is life dragging you down?
Insurmountable problems
Weighing heavily
Burdensome load
Just remember that
No matter how great
Your problems
Appear to be
Someone
Somewhere
Is worse off than you
Enlightenment

A ‘light bulb’ moment
This knowledge
Should immediately
Make you feel
Much better
‘Someone
Somewhere
Is worse off than you’
A placebo
Prescribed
Taken
Consumed
Instant relief
From the symptoms
Rejoice
You are
Cured.
© 2015, Lesley Saine

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Always worse off

Why should you complain?
Don’t complain
There’s always someone
Worse off than you
Always
Always?
From the first to the last
And the many inbetween
Someone
Somewhere
Is worse off

Why should they complain?
Don’t complain
There’s always someone
Worse off than them
Always
Always?
But I am different
I am unique
Why shouldn’t I complain?
I will complain
There is no-one
Worse off than me
Always
Always?
Yes, always

Except
Me
Me
And, me!
We are all worse off than you
Why shouldn’t we complain
Always
Always?
Yes
We will always complain
We are all worse off than you!
Ad infinitum.
© 2015, Lesley Saine

[Being told that ‘there are people worse off than you’ doesn’t help your own situation one bit and trivializes the problems you are going through as though they are unimportant.]

Fool’s gold – Lesley Saine

Fool’s gold

On the edges of forever
Where the world seems but a dream
Hope springs eternal
Mirage shimmers, dazzles the senses
Hidden oasis of fate
Golden ripe luscious fruit
Hangs alluringly
Tempting, enticing
Reach out
Twist the stem
Cradle this golden treasure
Nestled in your palm
Lose yourself, drown
In its intoxicating beauty
Radiating out, entrapping

Colour slowly fades to grey
True colours show themselves
Cracks begin to show
Casing splits apart
Inside rotten to the core
Spilling out its contents
Putrid, mangled remains
A reality you can’t ignore
Fool’s gold
Is anything ever what it seems?
Another broken dream.

© 2015, Lesley Saine

Inhumanity of man – Lesley Saine

Inhumanity of man

Cargo of woe, filled to the brim, overflowing
Packed unceremoniously onto unseaworthy craft,
Risking their lives for a perceived better future
Out of desperation, their last hope
An opportune adventure, seeking release
Fleeing dictatorship and war-torn lands
What price for hope? What price indeed
Tricked by the greedy and immoral
Dealers in human misery
Mercenary, manipulative people traders
Who fleece the desperate
Trusting, expectant, souls
Happily exchanging all their worldly goods
Hope is not cheap, there is a high price to pay
For possible genocide on their way to a brighter future
Exchange of money comes with ‘blood on its hands’
Betrayal, ’30 pieces of silver’, without the remorse
A brighter future that disappears with the harsh light of day
Illuminating the stark reality
Lost souls drifting on the stormy seas of despair
Abandoned to their fate
Flotsam and jetsam on the waves of life
Shoreline scavengers will hopefully recognize their worth
An unexpected treasure in their beachcombing paradise
© 2015, Lesley Saine

‘I enter Europe or I die’: Desperate migrants rescued off Italy, By Ben Wedeman, CNN international correspondent, April 16, 2015:

http://http://edition.cnn.com/2015/04/16/europe/italy-migrants-port-augusta/

The states of self – Lesley Saine

The states of self:
A bunch of insecurities
doubts and fears
Rattling around inside
a pliable coating of skin
Laws made and broken
Not so united
In the states of self
Disobedience a priority
One insurgent against the many
Inner
Conflicting voices
Persuading
Cajoling
Manic
But
Outwardly
Calm
Serene
Seemingly in control
Of the states of self
© 2015, Lesley Saine

AABRU Art: ‘Transcending Boundaries 2015’ exhibition in London from 22 April – 11 May & 17 May 2015

The last art exhibition I really enjoyed going to was ‘Transcending Boundaries 2014’ held by AABRU Art in London.  Many beautiful, richly coloured works of modern & contemporary art, mainly by Nigerian artists.

Transcending Boundaries 2015‘ will be in London from: 22 April – 11 May & 17 May 2015.