Whilst in Ethiopia with a group from World Vision partner churches in the UK we encountered people, young and old, in a variety of contexts.  The following poem arises from an encounter as we met, talked, sung and played games with children from the Lideta community in Addis.

Smile: (part 2)

you smile at me
and from distant difference
we meet.

adult to child
respectfully greet
each simple
humanity-made small steps
to deeply connect;

and with mutual affect
as holy hidden gifts unwrapped
reap responses – feel
of joy, hope, delight
long lasting change – real

and as discovery made:
received more than given.
the smile is relayed
as earth touches heaven.