Kookaburra Shakes photo by G Bryden

tolerance

together in this world
sometimes we get soaked,
shake and laugh it off

sitting together,
shaking spray without thinking,
a price is paid

a stranger shakes
water from a deep well,
kookaburras laugh

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Note: Australian author and editor of Overland literary journal Jeff Sparrow has written an excellent article in response to the recent violent protests by Muslims in Sydney and around the world asking ‘Why should such a shoddy piece of amateur filmmaking become such a flashpoint?’. Of course there is more to this issue than an insulting film (but going by many simplistic articles in the press, you mightn’t think this was the case). His article published in Counterpunch ‘Ignorance on Parade: Islamophobia, Left and Right’ can be found here.

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