God is here

Laura Bonney of Canada drafted this poem in a LittWorld writing workshop led by Lillian Tindyebwa and fellow members of the Ugandan Faith Writers Association. Laura’s poem speaks of the unity experienced by participants from vastly different areas of the world.

God Is Here

The birds, God’s alarm
clock, reminded me
of the Creator’s Presence
before dawn. Yesterday on the
bus ride, children with
broad smiles waved from
the side of the road, welcomed
us offering their friendship.
Today in the workshop, as
the Ugandan team share,
I am reminded of the living
God who binds us together.
Although we come from
different countries and
cultures, we can identify
with one another. Most
of us have desert experiences,
trials in life. The common
things of nature: sand,
rain, rocks, sky, help
us process experiences
and give our souls
perspective and hope.
The team work and
beautiful faces of the
Ugandan team blesses
me – their songs, stories,
poems
bring tears to my
eyes. God is here.

By Laura Bonney

Illustration used by permission of Didier Millotte

The smiles are warm

Author Lillian Tindyebwa of Uganda engaged participants of her writing workshop at LittWorld with a model poem on the theme, “God is here.” Her poem captures the devotion of assembled believers and the rich beauty of the Kenyan landscape.

God Is Here

The smiles are warm
Like the early morning sun
Handshakes are strong
Like the lions
Of Samburu

Windows fling open
By mesmerized
hands
At dawn
Sounds of bird songs
Fill the rooms,
Mingle with prayers
Of saints

Under the blue and grey
Skies of Kenya
they are gathered
From the ends of the earth
He created
Leaves shake with
His breath
Whispering assurances
Of His love to us all
God is Here

By Lillian Tindyebwa
Uganda

Illustration used by permission of Didier Millotte