~ Faraway Eyes - my Christmas wish ~

Does she dream of dancing and movies and fun
this girl with the faraway eyes
Has she the wish to kiss Brad Pit
Did she cry when Heath Ledger died?
What does she wish for when Christmas comes?
an ipod or mobile phone?
Does she complain there’s no chocolate again
in the fridge when she gets home

We complain we don’t have enough to survive
Money to cover our bills
and purchase the service and goods we desire
AND the luxury home in the hills
But where does it say life must be this way
That we have and she has not
That our world be of greed luxury and games
and hers of pain and hard lot

I look in the depths of these faraway eyes
and I think of my own teenage life
How I struggled with that I was expected to do
and rebelliously got into strife
I look at my own daughter of fifteen years
And know how I fiercely protect her
I support all her learnings and all her dreams
and use all my wisdom to guide her

But they are similar these girls far apart
for my daughter also cares for her home
She looks out for her younger siblings as well
and is rarely allowed to roam
And I wonder if having is really a curse
for to have not enough creates stress
equal to that of not enough food
but granted the consequence is less

I shall show all my children these faraway eyes
for this girl is also one of their peers
their ages are similar their wants must compare
how I long to abate all her tears
I cannot succeed in my western world life
I struggle myself to survive
But oh how I wish I could lavish life’s gifts
On those beckoning faraway eyes

~ Faraway Eyes - my Christmas wish ~


Frankston, Australia

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Inspired by This photo from Trevor Irwin

My friends I sit here crying
I feel I cannot help!
I live on charity myself and I have less money than what’s needed to keep a roof over my head
I cannot give to Trevor’s appeal
Is there anything else I can productively do?
I have this talent of writing this resource of PC & free internet and the luxury of time
can any of it help?

Trevor’s work – Philadelphia 33 is better than the huge global charities that swallow half their revenue in administration costs. He and his team are not battling the un-winnable fight, he is helping people who are trying to help themselves and I urge anyone to help them.

Now the wonderful Mel has created an art piece that the stunning Mr John Robb came up with a brilliant idea

I’m not expecting this to happen but heres a thunk ……



If you all buy a card of Trevor’s photo of the Girl With Faraway Eyes then copy my words and add them to the card and give it to a friend or loved one for Christmas.
It wont stop world poverty or whatever and the person you give it to may not think it as good as the little crystal vase or box of chocolates you usually resort to but it might just make people think a bit

I live on charity and have done for many years and I cannot find the money to purchase anything beyond the vital necessities, and even then I sometimes cannot find enough for that. And now Mick is in my life he supports me instead of the government but we are no better off in fact he is worse off [he must love me!]
I cannot sell you my words to give the proceeds to the children Trevor helps, but hopefully you can buy his photo as a card and he will add your contribution to his efforts with these hard working yet struggling people.

I normally don’t get involved with charity as it takes so much out of me emotionally,
but at this time of the year, when for so many years I have not had a Christmas for myself to look forward to, I want to celebrate the humanity of life in the most intrinsic way, not the most commercial.

If I could swap my wishes for coins there would be no poverty [poorness yes for that would sustain humility] and there would be no waste & surplus & gluttonous riches
and then perhaps the world would not become a useless rock
and I don’t know why
but it seems right

doesn’t it?

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