Portents in the sky
imply that wise women are coming by
from The Middle East. They bring
wisdom, wrung from guns and suffering;
they know that suffering has been the lot
of many. But they have learned from it; they have got
down to a deeper level where wisdom dwells,
deeper than anger or revenge or the spoils
of war. They know that sympathy matters;
they wait to see how it can be managed,
where it will grow and bind
community, strong, intelligent and kind.
The salt of the earth, with roots from the temporal
into the eternal.

Reg Naulty