2013 has been declared The International Year of Water Co-operation. The objective is to raise awareness, both on the potential for increased co-operation, and on the challenges facing water management in light of the increase in demand for water access, allocation and services. The 2013 Year of Special Days booklet is now available on the SAFCEI website www.safcei.org
Enjoy this poem by Val Payn – artist and a writer. She lives on a farm in southern KZN and has worked amongst communities on the Pondoland Wild Coast. She has a deep interest in traditional livelihoods, food security and sustainability. Val sent this poem to the Haynes family in response to the negative reports and publicity coming from the official Rio+20 Conference.
An extract from:
All I Know is Nothing – by Val Payn
“I thought I saw a seed of change begin to grow
in the patterned interconnections between us all.
Small still, fragile, yet a foetus of an idea;
but still a glimmer of abundant life to nurture,
to hold, to keep.
And was it worth it child, was it worth it?
Too soon to tell, yet too soon to tell!
But there is a way, though we may loose it yet
And many false paths may lead us to retrace our steps.
But slowly too the answers begin to come.
Faltering, and sometimes so imperceptibly
that we barely notice how rivers of truth begin to run free.
Slow saplings of knowledge planted grow into trees
and seed, and so we may yet see a forest spread.
Slowly and gently, my child
For out of the darkness arises the light”.