Meeting on Common Ground

It is a sobering experience to stare into the face of poverty.

The eyes of the poor do not judge me, but leave me to judge myself.

Neither do they seemingly make any demands that are by themselves an intrusion into my own well-being.

Instead it is rather like looking at a carefully worded invitation to meet with them on their ground, in their world.

The eyes of the poor tell the full story of life today.

Daring to look at such poverty is facing up to reality.

Who, then, is worthy to look?

                                                                                               Mary Elvin

'Help (however you can) Please.

Watercolour painting: by Maung Maung Tinn, Burma/Myanmar, inspired by a photo by Sassu.