HIFA 1-6 May

The HIFA Growing Poem - FULLY GROWN

17 May 2017

We built a fire once, my friends,
To fight against the cold
It warmed all those who gathered round
And in our hearts took hold

We squeezed together, arm to arm
And watched the flames entranced
As sparks flew up and spun around
And darted, dived and danced

Some of us told tales then,
And some struck up a song,
We ate our food and made new friends
And learned where we belong

So if you heard a story there
Or if you broke the bread
The memories now call you back:
The embers aren't yet dead

Our friends arrive from near and far
To reignite the spark
To make the fire rise again
To push against the dark

Felicity Mayhew brings the flint
And Rosemary brings tinder
Nishad Kala chops the wood
And Val pokes at the cinder

Catherine blows gently
Upon the glowing coals
A flame erupts, and cheers rise up
Amongst the waiting souls

Axes swung by Tobs Strong
And Dillion S. Phiri
Beat out a rhythm in the dark
To fell a mighty tree

It’s carried back by Manjuan Li
A haul to make us proud
Petra feeds it to the blaze
The flames grow with the crowd

We bring our minds and bodies close
We cast our shadows far
They dance and merge until the dawn
Revealing who we are

So now you know these people’s names,
And know they are your friends
Take their fire in your heart
Make sure it never ends

The cold will come again next year
And every night is dark
But now we have the place to meet -
Be sure to bring the spark.

(Thank you Sam Wilson for this creation!)


The back story - Supporters of the #helpHIFAhappen Crowdfunding campaign for #HIFA2017 could choose to have their name made part of this, the HIFA growing poem


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