Just out is this set of three books of reflections, to which I contributed 8 or 9 pieces.
Nice thoughts for the journey to pop in and out of.
Here's one I submitted for book titled 'Loss'
I want to change the fruits of my labours.
When someone says ‘Apple’,
I shouldn't want sleek plastic and titanium,
but England’s Coxes,
heavy hung in dappled orchards.
When someone says ‘Orange’,
I don’t want to know about free minutes and the latest upgrades.
I want to think citrus thoughts;
the appeal of slowly peeling skin.
And when someone says ‘Blackberry’,
I don’t want my head to rush with virtual thoughts
of emails and deadlines and documents and settings
and schedules and coverage and battery life.
I want, instead, my tongue to rush with sweet sensation,
a bowl of fruits shared with friends.
Open space and blue sky.
Lech Walesa came to the West and said:
“You have riches and freedom here,
but I feel no sense of faith or direction.
You have so many computers,
why don’t you use them in the search for love?”
Devices all sold to connect me.
When all I had to do was pick some fruit, and share it.
© KB 2007
Walesa's quote is strangely prophetic, I think.
We've all heeded his advice in some way.