but mud is not always a bad thing!
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way
(now read from bottom to top)
– Brian Bilston
This poem is taken from You Took the Last Bus Home, a collection of Brian Bilston’s poetry published by Unbound in October 2016
….and one of them is reading this just now!
Sending this seasonal, succinct, second hand sentiment because it is far better than I could have put into words. Happy New Year!
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.
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A lovely story that is international, although, in this instance, comes from Iran.
Three old men knocked on a door.
A young woman opened the door.
The Three old men said: “We are hungry and tired, could you help us?”
She responded: “My husband and son are inside the house and we would be glad to help you.”
One of the old men said: “My name is WEALTH, that one is SUCCESS and the other one is LOVE. Only one of us can come in. Go and ask your husband which one of us should come to your house.”
She walked back inside and told the circumstances to her husband and son.
Her husband said: “Let the wealth in. We need that. We can do anything with wealth.”
She said: “Why not to let the success come in. We can have wealth if we’re successful.”
Their son said: “We should let the love in. A home is home when it is full of…
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If you do know who Tim Minchin is you will read this.
If you don’t know who he is then your life could be enhanced by finding out.
He really is a talented, nice, respected, clever, humorous guy.
If you have 20 minutes to spare then this is a good way to fill those minutes. Believe me.