Catherine Frances Lee

Aotearoa Calling - Poem by Catherine Frances Lee

Aotearoa Calling

As years go by, with wiser eyes I ponder all I've learned;
my life and all its lessons, and the bridges I have burned.
So often now my mind's been drawn to green and fertile plains,
the town that's ever held my heart and patiently remains.
Her winding rivers, languid ducks—her gardens make me weep—
the scent of daffodils in spring, the bleating of the sheep;
brisk autumn walks through knee-high leaves and winter's icy sighs,
spectacular nor-western lights igniting evening skies.
Majestic mountains, crystal streams, the balmy whisp'ring breeze
that murmurs through the silver birches, oaks and willow trees.

I've travelled all around the world, seen many distant lands;
I've trekked dense forests, sailed wide seas, traversed parched desert sands,
viewed scenery that dazzled me, yet always in my mind
persistent voices begged me just to turn and look behind—
to contemplate my longing for that place I blithely left,
examine reasons I remained surprisingly bereft.
Till finally I realised the joy for which I sought
was always there, though simple truth I ignorantly fought.
Sweet memories consume me now; I'm drowning in my past.
My mind's at peace, my spirit rests; I'm going home at last.

Topic(s) of this poem: country

Comments about Aotearoa Calling by Catherine Frances Lee

  • Valerie Dohren (7/16/2016 7:27:00 AM)

    Lovely poem Catherine, full of many fine descriptions, beautifully written and a joy to read. (Report) Reply

    Catherine Lee (7/16/2016 9:59:00 PM)

    Thank you so much Valerie, you've made my day - so glad you like it!

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/27/2016 10:52:00 AM)

    Hi, Catherine
    you might be interested to join our new editorial project, ''POETRY AGAINST INEQUALITY ''
    if so,
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  • Fabrizio Frosini (1/27/2016 10:51:00 AM)



    - DEADLINE: February 20,2016

    - 1 POEM (in English) of maximum 25 lines;

    - SUBJECT: 'INEQUALITY' as it is described in the OXFAM Report 2016 (released on Jan.18)

    - - - abut Oxfam report /Inequality: - - - - -
    As Oxfam says, the 'explosion' in the wealth of the super-rich has come at the expense of the majority and particularly the poorest people. A key trend is the falling share of national income going to workers in almost all developed and most developing countries. And the majority of low paid workers around the world are women. Tax havens, used by the rich and multinational companies, are fuelling economic inequality and preventing hundreds of millions of people lifting themselves out of poverty. In such a context, hundreds of millions of people go hungry while resources that could be used to help them are sucked up by those at the top of the wealth-piramid.

    To reverse all above:
    - workers have to be paid a living wage;
    - the gap with executive rewards to be narrowed;
    - end to the gender pay gap;
    - compensation for unpaid care;
    - promotion of equal land and inheritance rights for women (in many parts of the world women have no rights!) :
    - governments have to take action on lobbying;
    - reducing the price of medicines;
    - taxing wealth rather than consumption;
    - using progressive public spending to tackle inequality.
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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