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Erik is a public policy professional and owner of the online training course in democracy and civic action: www.3ptraining.com.au The Blog …explores ways to create a sustainable and just community. Explores how that community can be best protected at all levels including social policy/economics/ military. The Book Erik’s autobiography is a humorous read about serious things. It concerns living in the bush, wilderness, home education, spirituality, and activism. Finding Home is available from Amazon, Barnes&Noble and all good e-book sellers.

Friday, 14 June 2013

On Gold



The autumn leaves are beautiful even as they fall; perfect yellow from perfect green. Is that why they call this aging ‘the golden years’?

We sat in the orchard, my son and I. Picked out by the autumn sunlight the leaves were more beautiful than gold. They lay scattered on the ground like a pirate’s treasure hoard tipped from the chest, only fragile and ephemeral.

I have seen gold in the palaces and cathedrals of Europe. The sweat of peasants stolen and immortalised in leaf on ceilings, and in angel adorned feasting trays.

Wars have been fought and people killed to gain gold – a yellow metal less appealing than these scattered autumn leaves. What fools are men! The hair on my child’s head, gold shot through with red, is the best gold yet. Long may he live while I turn grey – age an injustice no gold can allay; our comfort rather to see our children play.

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