Posted in A to Z, Africa, children, poetry

You can’t see it but it’s there #atozchallenge #poetry

Dear Africa:

Today I write a poem for the children I hope to meet. I know already that I will learn so much more from them than I can ever teach.


There’s a place you can only find

hold a small hand jump into a child’s mind

no magic needed for a child has more

close your eyes see what’s in store

the imagination as broad and wide

as celestial heavens the ocean’s tide

draw an “x” in the smallest place

look now where the fingers trace

its a tiny place where treasure hides

you never know just what you’ll find

crouch low in the dust forgotten corner

open your mind to a world full of color


Posted in A to Z, Africa, poetry

Victoria Falls #atozchallenge #haiku






Dear Africa:

After looking at some pictures of Victoria Falls in Zambia, I am inspired by her beauty and size.

Through the mist

nature roars of power and beauty

a falling leaf


This beautiful photo taken by  Doctor Joe E and used by wikipedia.

Have you ever been to Victoria Falls?

Some A to Z bloggers to enjoy today:

Posted in Liberia, orphans, poetry

The Puzzle Becomes A Book

club champ puzzle


If you look at the pieces

a jumble of shapes

when a picture

desires a form to make

you take an edge

I’ll work with the green

as we work together

a scene it will be

this book of poems

is much like that

words a jumble

and that’s a fact

as I fit each verse

an elegant song

of meaningful words

will come along

so many of you

a gift you gave

to far away children

“many thanks” send your way

Just a poem to tell each of you that the book is coming along so beautifully. I feel that I know each of you better as I read your hearts in the poems. The poetry with the photography is going to make a lovely Song.

Wishing each of you a Great week.

So much Gratitude for each one of you!!!

~ Leslie

Photographyby  Nick Freser

Posted in Liberia, orphans, poetry

Slip through the Cracks


A fissure so thin it was never planned

we justify “it’s just today”

it will be fine, it is really okay

and that’s when the “thing” gets out of hand


there are other concerns for this week

so I move ahead not thinking “why?”

distracted and the world goes by

but there are children who cannot speak


Ebola may have done it’s worse

for now its in the very back page

other news comes forth on center stage

there are children who still live its curse


singled out if you have touched the disease

and others from you stay away

children are not with you allowed to play

but you no different than any of these


there’s petition I read in sorrow’s eyes

“I  miss being a child with a mommy and dad

so much was taken of what I had

please don’t so soon forget our little lives”


We are so encouraged by the poetry we have received so full of depth and meaning. There is still room and we are looking for additional submissions of poetry to make our Song for Liberia complete.


Photographs from Children’s Aid and God’s Kids Ministry

Posted in involvement, Liberia, orphans, poetry

Singing a Song for Liberia #orphans #ebola




The Poetry book “A Song for Liberia” is a charity endeavor. Our primary goal is to raise money for those impacted  by the Ebola crisis – the orphans. Liberia has been, by far, the hardest hit area so we will “share our love” via our poetry to orphans there.

Depending on which source you go to, the number of orphans (from ebola)  is a staggering  10,000. A huge percentage of those children are in Liberia – a country that does not have the resources to provide for these orphans. The large funds  that are being donated by organizations are unlikely to offer more than a trickle of assistance to the children as the need (country’s infrastructure) is so vast. Here’s the assistance that I have read about: “An orphan is taken to a household that agrees to house the child. The child is delivered with a mattress, a jug of oil and a bag of flour.” I have also read about children who have been forced to leave their neighborhoods or villages as people are afraid the children will contract Ebola later.



[One of the orphanage organization that we are speaking  with  is called God’s Kids.  This organization takes no administration fees so every dollar that is raised (after the percentage that Amazon or Smash words takes) will go directly to the care of orphans in Liberia. Check out the website they offer support in the greater Monrovia area of Liberia; There are seven orphanages with a total of approximately 485 children that they support.  In addition, these orphanages offer day school to children in the neighborhood around the facility.]

For the time being, we will move forward with the organization mentioned below as they are doing more in the feeding and housing of displaced Ebola orphans. 

The other organization that we are seriously considering is called Christian Aid Mission. The leader Mr. Cuffee has been in the region for two decades helping orphans. At present, his team is going door to door (in villages) ascertaining needs and trying to find families to give homes to these orphans. The situation is complicated as families are afraid to help family members (let alone strangers). This organization is trying to make food and medical supplies go further and they are in desperate need of funds to stretch their resources. Add to this problem the fact that employment has gone from 40 – 25 percent and the draw on the resources  of organizations such as Christian Aid is staggering. I will  be talking to Christian Aid about making a trip into the Monrovia area later this year.

Needless to say, Liberia was in bad condition before the Ebola outbreak. It’s mind boggling to imagine how hard they were hit with this disease.

The Song for Liberia may seem like only a drop of water in a large bucket of need. However, on a dry day a splash of water is a welcome relief. My hope is we can look back on this project and have a more personal look into the lives of these children. How wonderful it would be to have names and faces of children that we know our effort has directly helped.

Interested in submitting your work? Go here.

Thank you for your consideration of this project.

4 children with watermark



“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Photographs are from Nick Fraser and the Christian Aid Mission. The little hand belongs to my cousin Zeek who was abandoned by his birth mother in Johannesburg.

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Posted in Liberia, orphans, poetry

Submission for Fill the Cracks Poetry Project

Thank you so much for visiting Fill the Cracks. This project’s sole purpose is to share the love with the children who are orphans from the Ebola epidemic in Liberia by raising money through our gift of poetry. If you are interested in the details about the orphanage etc, please go to this page as there will be more details there. If you are considering submitting please read on…




Though this project/ book thematically  is open for interpretation,we would like you to consider how you  as a poet can write a “song” that conveys the following: sadness at the loss for these children left alone,  a message of hope to the children, and  a call to the community at large to remember these little lives as they forge ahead. This is meant to be a work of encouragement rather than a sounding board for political opinions.

(some of these photographs from Nick Fraser will be in our poetry book and hopefully will inspire you.)

If you are a poet and would like to submit your work please do the following:

1 – select  your work for submission (up to *3 poems, 5 haiku)

*poems that are 22 lines are going to be easier to format and keep on one page. We can take a few poems longer than 22 lines but length will be a consideration as we layout the book. Work that is archived from your blog is acceptable for submission.

2 – We (Visionary Press Collaborative) are granted the “one time right” to publish your work.

By making a submission,  you are agreeing to give Visionary Press Collaborative  the right to use your poem(s)  for publication at which time the rights revert back  to you the owner.

3 – This is a charity endeavor and as such no one (except Amazon and Smashwords) will be paid any fees for their work or art.

  • You as a writer/ artist  can take pride in the fact that all the profit goes to the orphans and their care
  • You will benefit from the exposure in being part of this project as your work is considered a published piece
  • Sharing in such a project can positively build a base for people to find you and your writing.
  • we are sorry that we cannot offer a complimentary copy of the work.

4- Deadline June 1st. If we are still in need of more work we will extend the deadline.

Dependent on the number of submissions, we may not be able to take everyone’s poetry. We will do our very best to include everyone’s voice as we assemble this book for publication.

Submission Details:

Please direct your submission to this address:

In the subject line, please indicate “Liberia Submission”

Please submit your poem in the body of the email (rather than sending a pdf , rtf , doc)

Please submit you work in Times Roman, 12pt,  single spacing (if at all possible.)

In the body of the email, please send your work as follows:




additional poems would not need the Poet’s name just the following:




We are more than willing to share two or three lines that can include: Your name, contact info (blog address) and a wee bit about yourself.

If you have any questions, please send them to

You can expect an email regarding receipt of your submission and if we intend to use your work. We certainly would not want you to feel  that the gift of your work fell through the cracks!!!

Thank each of you for your consideration.

We also would like to thank: the folks at Poets United for their support and the article regarding this project and the community of Carpe Diem Haiku Kai for their fine support.








Posted in Liberia, orphans, poetry

Just a little Nursery Rhyme… #postaday #poetry #ebola

Ring Around the Rosey

A Pocket full of Posey

Ashes, Ashes

we all fall


Ring around the rosey

a pocket full of posey

A tishoo

A tishoo

we all fall


What will the poem or lyrics be depicting this pandemic virus that kills more people than the Black Plague of the 1300s???

Raise you scythe

clear them out

it’s Ebola

there’s no doubt

children elders

all at risk

in the end

death takes its pick

Raise your scythe

clear them out

clear the bodies

move aside

death waits for another day

no one’s safe

come out

to Play



The prompt at the postaday challenge at WordPress is “By Heart” 

You’re asked to recite a poem (or song lyrics) from memory — what’s the first one that comes to mind? Does it have a special meaning, or is there another reason it has stayed, intact, in your mind?