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we all have a story to tell - come and find yours!

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dear friends 
I am really excited to be planning a number of events for 2014. What better way to begin the program than with an afternoon helping you to identify the stories from 2013 you want to share, and to imagine the story you want to live in 2014. 
looking forward to seeing you there. 
sarah

An Ode to Terrible Beauty

it will need some polishing, but here's a poem for my beloved Australia 

I love a sunburnt country,
this land, big island red
spread from centre north
and west, east and south
to vineyard's edge, to golden
sands and green blue grey
blue sea -
                 to tangled green
of forest and carpet green
of field, I love this land,
this great big island,
its beauty, and yes, its terror.

From spiders in the corners, snakes
in unmown grass, to sting
rays, jelly fish and sharks -
gasp!
         Fires and floods,
cyclones and droughts -
yes, terror lives here too.

And the sun pierces the stark blue sky
with no concern for this brown land's
inhabitants -
we pant, we yearn, we thirst for water.
We thirst for more, for kind
concern from one another,
so rare we hardly dare
imagine welcome for the stranger,
recognition of nations here
first.

This sunburnt land, its sun-
kissed occupants, all
I love; for all I hope -
all nations reconciled who here
are represented, all Aussies
mates, …

hot air balloon

(or: the day after in the world's hottest city, January 2014)

the bubble bursts with fireworks
and bass drum rolls
the thick air seeps at last,
weeps at last into the thirsty earth,
not deep enough to satisfy.
windows breath release -
freshness in - staleness out -
branches startle with their rude
percussion on iron above.
sweet relief is tainted by bitter fear
as sirens ring out the alarm

[Sarah Agnew]