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Across Oceans of Hope

Ubuntu we are because we are

Photo: James G. Brennan.

Ubuntu: I am because you are.

We move through troublesome times
some more so than others,
all suffering the effect of this raging fire
however big or small.
There’s only one true way to put out this fire;
we all become one again, one mind one heart one spirit
joining together across oceans of hope.

Faith in a vaccine to do our work for us
will not help those without access,
our responsibility to one another so far has not
bore the fruit so needed for our fellow brothers and sisters,
often forgetting we are born under the same tree
with far-reaching roots around the planet.
The time is now to wake up from our slumber.

Ubuntu: I am because you are.

Ubuntu: We are because we are.

James G Brennan 2021

This piece is the second piece in the Ubuntu series in the spirit of
“I am because you are.” Here is the link for last weeks piece,
“Ubuntu Mbira. I am because you are.” Please feel free to explore the first of the series.

A new title will be put forward each week. Next weeks title will be, “Birth”, please feel free to join in Ubuntu a series devised by Suntonu Bhadra

Thank you as always, Suntonu Bhadra for giving my words a platform. 🙏
Thank you all for reading and your precious time. Always. J.



We are living in the digital world, covered in the autonomous aspects & tracked motions of life. Yet, somehow we are losing some critical elements. Keyboards, touchpads, & speech-to-text are there, but we believe that handwritten words on paper is still meaningful to some poets.

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James G Brennan

Writes free to read eclectic free verse poetry. "Everything in life is writable about" Sylvia Plath.