Water comes from a tap

My food comes from a shop

Heating warms my house

A roof I have on top


My mother’s home was simpler

Water came from a river

Food came from the garden

Turf fire solved the shiver


But in Turkey and in Syria

All has been destroyed

Water food and shelter

They live out in the cold


Today at Mass we read again

Of Cain and Abel brothers

How jealousy destroyed a heart

One brother killed another


Am I my brother’s keeper?

Cain famously inquired

Oh yes you are – believe it

Then life will be inspired


Brian Fahy

13 February 2023

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