Requiem To The Sea

Written by Ambreen Ishrat

It's been so many moons away that I have come to sit with you, sea - my friend. Still many moons have passed, sincerepparttar destruction was unleashed upon you. It is yet a night so similar and yet different in so many ways. Tonight I have come to pay my homage torepparttar 132404 imperious sea, or what remains of it. Can't help it if my homage sounds like a requiem. As I am here, by your side to shed my tears on your fate, and my own which is entwined with yours.

Today, I have come to say a silent prayer for my own future and that of yours.

I hearrepparttar 132405 damp saline ocean waves cry on and whisper to me. In that I hearrepparttar 132406 echo of my own fear, a wail for my own abandonment and those of my dreams. I recallrepparttar 132407 last time I was here, a partly cold December last year, when I walkedrepparttar 132408 stretch ofrepparttar 132409 Clifton beach. I took long strolls, turning back and forth retracing my own foot marks. The waves were carrying own their ballet, asrepparttar 132410 children on their winter break were playing and laughing. The breeze was pleasing to my face. I dipped my fingers in them and felt a silent and simple exhilaration grow inside me. But as dreams are lost upon water,repparttar 132411 reverie is gone. It was then, and its gone now. Right now a dark stretch of water lays in front of my eyes, as if I am staring at an abyss, and it is looking back to me.

Too spent to take a stroll, I choose to sit onrepparttar 132412 dusty brick wall breathing inrepparttar 132413 sadness and silence around me. I look around, atrepparttar 132414 vast stretch ofrepparttar 132415 deserted beach, this wasteland. Not far from where I sit,repparttar 132416 lights of two popular eateries shine on. But over here, an impregnable gloom hangs onrepparttar 132417 atmosphere, which overwhelmsrepparttar 132418 heart and senses. Asrepparttar 132419 yellowed foam slide back, it reveals bared and scraped beach stretch, raked clean by tractors in their bravado salvation efforts. There is no seaweed, no broken sea shells and ironically no trash. Though a solitary white polethene bag puffed up with air, is dodgingrepparttar 132420 waves and rolling onwards, as if it has a life of its own. But soon enough,repparttar 132421 waves catch up it and it disappears inrepparttar 132422 unfathomable depths.

I look onwards,repparttar 132423 dark and almost ghostly figure ofrepparttar 132424 oil tanker is visible, whose dark shape I could only fathom from where I sit. I am a scavenger always onrepparttar 132425 drift, a tramp trying to outrunrepparttar 132426 bounds of civilization, stealing my way out of city that echoesrepparttar 132427 emptiness of monotony and routine. I am forever a melancholic creature, who finds excuse and objects for nostalgia all too often. For me, life is a perpetual yesterday. I remember you in your former glory. And so I remember you as you were before and can't help comparing it with your desolate state today. You wererepparttar 132428 venue for celebrations with friends and forrepparttar 132429 solitary walks. You were my recluse fromrepparttar 132430 city life, and today you toss and turn all alone. The crowd is gone,

It's Not My Job to Free Tibet

Written by Skye Thomas

I hate saying that. It feels so very wrong. It's not that I wouldn't like to help them. It's not that I am not appalled at what is happening over there. I have been wrestling with my guilty feelings lately. What have I done to makerepparttar world a better place? I started by taking inventory ofrepparttar 132402 areas that I'd love to 'fix'. My to-do list looks like this:

Free Tibet Healrepparttar 132403 hole inrepparttar 132404 ozone layer Cure Cancer Saverepparttar 132405 endangered species Overhaulrepparttar 132406 public school system Raise my own kids Defendrepparttar 132407 gays and lesbians Teach people how to be happy Solve world hunger Find loving homes forrepparttar 132408 orphans Saverepparttar 132409 rainforest Ridrepparttar 132410 planet of pollution Implement a clean economical fuel system Design a quality inexpensive health care system End divorces and broken homes Clean outrepparttar 132411 political system Create world peace Find Atlantis and solverepparttar 132412 mystery ofrepparttar 132413 pyramids Scientifically prove somebody's religion is true Psychologically healrepparttar 132414 inmates who want it End all superficial fakeness Saverepparttar 132415 children Stop racism Bring an end to lethargy Stop terrorism Saverepparttar 132416 coral reefs Change America's focus from being 'politically correct' to becoming 'spiritually correct' and I'm not talking about religion

It all gets a bit overwhelming. How can I ever accomplish all of these things in my lifetime? Even if I delegate certain areas to my kids, and make them take a blood oath that they will force my grandkids to carry on withrepparttar 132417 work on this list until it is finished, I cannot possible hope to solve all ofrepparttar 132418 world's problems. Then I got to thinking about getting up on my soapbox and preaching to everyone that they need to come help me. There is just so much that needs done and you and I both know that my list is not even complete. I would be lucky if I can do one of those things really well during my lifetime.

I had to sit and really think about my own resources,repparttar 132419 natural gifts I was born with, and what amount of time I want to commit to doing good deeds. I had to analyzerepparttar 132420 list and what it would really take to accomplish each of those things. What I came to realize is that there are some that I am called to do, some that I just want to do, and still others that I secretly wish someone else would do. That's not a bad thing, it is what it is. I may really want to cure cancer and other diseases, but I know that deep down I don't have any resources, skills, training, or education to apply torepparttar 132421 problem. It's really not my job. All I can do is to support those who are meant to do that work. If I hadrepparttar 132422 money, I'd dump a fortune into their pockets to make sure they had all ofrepparttar 132423 tools they needed. But I don't have it to give, not yet anyway.

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