Rumah Perlindungan

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For the children of Pondok Kemuliaan in Jayapura, Papua


Cutting up the vegetables
Breathing in this place
The beat of the drum
Is the basketball thump
I’ve never felt so safe

Child fists force the teardrops
Still learning how to play
Peeling the masks
Of a stolen past
Returning day by day

These children are a letter
Written in the scars
The ending sees
Their sorrows ease
Collecting the broken shards

Shaking fearful habits
Holding healing hands
The refuges
Begin to see
This house isn’t built on sand

With a light in the distance between
Uncovering things yet unseen
A place to forget your regrets
Swept up now
In the heat of the evening sun
You might think the day’s just begun
And throw all the covers aside
With open eyes, you’ll realise
It’s so good
And Oh my God
Now I have seen
All this time
You were right next to me
Right next to me
Waiting so patiently

They call this place a crisis home
An orphan’s family
With honest eyes
You’ll realise
They’re just like you and me

The roof is made of kindness
Home is with the heart
We’re all broken, bruised and needing
A place to fall apart…


from Kitale, pt​.​2, released January 5, 2010


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