Encyclical from the Poor

Encyclical from the Poor

A Poem by Pete Langley

...a chain letter, maybe


               Here, in our back of beyond.
               a precious secondhand Iphone tells us so 
               before the battery expires
               and now we know
               a better life exists.
               We cannot all go
               but we can send the strongest
               of will and limb
               to find and buy
               a charger.

© 2015 Pete Langley

Author's Note

Pete Langley
My `take` on migration.

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Definitely not a metaphor I was expecting. That's something I really appreciate, is originality of thought in writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Pete, my friend, it has been such a long time.
This is absolutely magnificent and it's good to see your take on it all.
There is truth to your words, no matter who reads it.

Very thought-provoking.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Unexpected metaphor but thoughtful and powerful nontheless. A thought that hadn't struck me, I must admit.... but has now.

Posted 3 Years Ago

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I like how you basically summed up how people see and react to their phones. It is a very unique topic for a poem, one that I honestly wouldn't have expected.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Vad? Migration? Is that your idea of being facetious? I'm not thrilled with Apple, either, but...VAD??

Posted 3 Years Ago

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3 Years Ago

Sorry, Kimmer....I`m afraid your Vad reference is lost to me. The point of this piece is that I thin.. read more

3 Years Ago

Ah. Well, sure. (and vad is "what" in Swedish) ;-) Nice to see you, Pete!
Migration, change - whether literal or metaphorical - is necessary to keep the "charge". A great "modern" piece with classic wisdom, Pete.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Fine poem. I work with asylum seekers in Germany, and know what many have suffered.

Posted 3 Years Ago

Hi Pete,
Nice to see you again:)

This was well done. Love the metaphor in this. As time shifts, technology grows, migration is a must in so many shapes and forms.

Posted 3 Years Ago

what a beautiful way to put it i liked it . A smily write

Posted 3 Years Ago

First.. I am so happy to see you have returned to us, Mr. Langley ! Welcome back! ( :
This is a very interesting piece..from the title, the in-betweens, and comment.
Your title suggests perhaps a cry to heaven or the powers that be? And migration lately has been from desperate circumstances, which to me is in this piece.. "sending the strongest of will and limb" God help them find a better life..and perhaps someday..God willing.. gather together as family once again.
It is just my take on what I read. You write very interesting pieces..Thank you for sharing !

Posted 3 Years Ago

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Added on June 16, 2015
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Pete Langley
Pete Langley

Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, United Kingdom

I`m an academically illiterate intellectual butterfly, flitting from one bloom to another, trying to find nectar where I can - and failing most of the time, like every other searcher on this worl.. more..

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