“City people. They may know how to street fight but they don’t know how to wade through manure.” ― Melina Marchetta, On the Jellicoe Road
“We get so used to the gregarious nature of our towns and villages that we forget how crowded our existence has become.” ― Fennel Hudson, Wild Carp – Fennel’s Journal – No. 4
“People in the city are poor because they are oppressed, discriminated against and alienated; people in the country are poor because they’re too stupid to realize they ought to be living in the city.”
― Garret Keizer, No Place But Here: A Teacher’s Vocation in Rural Community
magnificent she stands
fruitful and endowed.
from her all is taken,
the resources; power and means.
powering the continuous rat races
and unending city businesses .
like the soap
she endlessly wash others
getting wasted in the process.
the villages and hamlets
are our sources.
our sustaining power
and source of existence
in our walled and polluted cities
do we ever think of them?
have we not forgotten our origins?
the moment we leave the countryside?
have we not thumbed our noses
at the springs of our beginning?
looking at them as uncouth, rural’
yodeling and retrogressive?
quietly forgetting that:
without the rural settings
we would be nothing in the cities.
without the sustenance of the countryside
our so called concrete and glass jungle
will be without
comfort, being , living
and become soul-less.