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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Monday, October 28, 2002
    Tuning up for a song
     
    So I've gone cross-eyed looking at the Michelin map of Northern Ireland, looking for clues in lines and symbols about what the month ahead may hold. The reality is, I've made plans for getting there, I've written a brief paper outlining my aims: "to explore themes of peace and reconcilation; to hear the stories of people involved in such work in their own situations, and to reflect these back on to my home situation", and I've packed my case. It goes against the rest of my life to be so unplanned. But I'm actually content to see what unfolds as my time at Corrymeela goes on. Easyjet - onwards and upwards!
      Pardon us
      that we will
      our end & forgive

      the poet
      his ambition
      to stand alone

      on a high peak
      surveying
      the waste.

      Take the map
      from our hands
      which we take
      for the world

      & let us be
      where earth
      and waters meet

      & make, for you,
      a song.

      Jeremy Hooker - A Hymn to Demeter from Earth Songs (Resurgence)