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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Ubuntu Bloghop, Mere Chance

"Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness,
to pull another hand into the light." -Amrit Desai
"In Africa, there is a concept known as UBUNTU – the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others; that if we are to accomplish anything in this world, it will in equal measure be due to the work and achievement of others." – Nelson Mandela.

In celebration of her 3rd blogoversary, blogland's beloved Michelle Wallace is hosting this Ubuntu Bloghop from February 18-21. During this time, we're invited to post something that captures the spirit of ubuntu--a beautiful concept. I've written a poem.

Mere Chance

I stride into your eyes and see
I could be you. 
You could be me.
Divided lives that crave the same:
Love, respect, a valued name.
Bereft of excess, 
our needs so few:
Awaking safe 
with breath anew.
Both good souls, 
two lots to bear.
Would life make sense, 
a fate we'd share.
Yet I bathe myself 
in waste replete
As you stave demons 
on the street.
Your time, 
a fight
 and mine, 
a dance.
Mere chance contrasts 
each circumstance.

Your hurdles, vast
Your earnest, true

How easily
I could be you.


  1. Absolutely beautiful, Robyn! Such profound thoughts that really evoke the spirit of UBUNTU. Very powerful ending.


  2. Seemingly different worlds, but that last line speaks the truth. Beautiful, Robyn!

  3. Your poetry is just beautiful, Robyn!!

  4. Bur for the grace of God, there go I. Wonderfully said!

  5. Lovely and heartfelt poem, Robyn. I really like this.

  6. Have you ever noticed that some things evoke a sense of grace; of profound love?

    Your poem is one of those things Robyn.

  7. Your poem is beautiful and profound... and captures the essence of Ubuntu... perfectly!
    It made me teary-eyed...
    Thank you for reaching out in the spirit of Ubuntu... across cyberspace... to participate in the blog hop.
    Writer In Transit

  8. Such a lovely poem. I love the meaning behind UBUNTU. I wish all people would embrace the idea. How much lovelier life could be then!

  9. Beautifully expressed. 'Mere chance constrasts each circumstance.' This is why I disagree with our government's 'Turn back the (refugee) boats.' That could be my family except by circumstance.

  10. Very nice poem, thank you for sharing.

  11. Exactly, Denise.

    Thank you for your warmhearted comments.

    Michelle, I wasn't sure I quite hit on ubuntu with this. I also wasn't going to state that or apologize. Now I feel I did. THANK you for inspiring this.

    Oh Jacqueline, I'm touched.

    Theresa, it is purely beautiful. I never knew the word. I'm grateful to Michelle for introducing it.

    Love and blessings,

  12. What a humbling reminder about how grateful and selfless we should be. This was fantastic, Robyn.

  13. Hi human, Robyn,

    The lovely Michelle is celebrating her third year anniversary of blogging by have such a thoughtful blog hop.

    Powerful prose, my human friend. Circumstances dictate a different fate.

    Pawsitive wishes,

    Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar!

  14. A lovely poem with a poignant ending. Perfect for this blog hop Robyn. X

  15. That's a really beautiful poem Robyn. Dont want to sound conceited, but really think your work is getting better - growing, maturing, however you want to define it.

    Lovely and creative.

  16. Beautiful poem, Robyn. And a wonderful reminder that many of us do need to count our blessings. We are truly fortunate to live the lives we lead.

  17. Thanks, lovely people.

    Anthony, not conceited at all, though it's feeding my ego. Smiles.


  18. Hi Robyn .. what an amazing poem - just loved it. Such clever turn of words ... this Ubuntu bloghop is really bringing out some wonderful thoughts ...

    A Mere Chance - how easily you could be me, or I could be you ...

    Wonderful .. cheers Hilary

  19. Thanks for sharing Mandela quote. He truly was a great man and wise man.

  20. I love this poem. Beautifully written, and wonderful in spirit.

  21. That is a beautiful poem! And I love that quote from Mandela. Words of wisdom!

  22. "the profound sense that we are human only through the humanity of others"

    Looking at the current state of the world (or even some of the questionable places in Detroit), I'm surprised that we haven't regressed as a species...

  23. I LOVE IT! How easily I could be you... Wow. Brilliant. I think this is something we forget so often, how to see ourselves in another person's shoes.

  24. Great poem Robyn!
    "...our needs so few.." You hit it on the head with that line (and the whole poem).

  25. This was really intriguing - quite inspiring, I think. It made me see many different scenes in my mind.

  26. You are so talented!! I loved your poem. Thank you for sharing.

  27. Robyn that was FLAWLESS.

    SO eloquently, yet simply said. FOR ALL to understand.

    Your fluidity is breathtaking.

    I'm so impressed.

  28. Lovely poem! There's a wonderful synergy about it.

    The Warrior Muse

  29. I think this is a wonderful idea for a bloghop! Enjoyed the poem, so glad you shared.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog for Alex's interview. Have a great week!

  30. Hugs, hugs hugs Robyn! You really are rawkyn! :D

    Just read over at Michelle's that you are the winner of the Ubuntu Bloghop - so fantastically well-deserved!

    :D Love,


  31. Hi Robyn .. so pleased Michelle chose your poem on Ubuntu .. it's just beautiful ..

    Mere Chance ... could so easily have happened ...

    Congratulations - cheers Hilary

  32. Aw, I'm deeply honored to win the bloghop. When I read Mandela's quote, I was inspired but in a way that was overwhelming. Who can say or do anything with the godliness of Nelson Mandela? Nobody.

    My poetry is based on a grain of a thought I'd been having for a while. I thank Michelle for inspiring it to spill over onto the page.


  33. Hi, Robyn. Congrats on your win for this. I'm late to the party, but yes, your poem expresses what the blog concept was about. Well done.