Shake The Dust

Shake the dust

That’s all you need to do

If they will not welcome you

If they will not listen

Shake the dust and leave it with them


Do not insult or call them names

Leave them to their fate


Far easier to call folk names

We are tempted to deride

Tempted to say such hurtful things

Anxious for our pride

But calmer counsels win the day

A stronger spirit rises

Just shake the dust and walk away

With the God of surprises


Dear old Boris bites the dust

Putin is delighted

But far more important things

In Ukraine are benighted

World leaders need to talk some more

To welcome and to listen

Peace the elusive goal for all

Peace the endless mission


Brian Fahy

7 July 2022

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