'This river winding, poem' by Claude Rimmer

Our lives are like a map

Of this river winding

A journey that varies

Where ever we go.


You meet different people

Have different experiences

On different parts of your river

Bad times, good times, exciting opportunities

Different places that you reach for


Different people

With different attitudes

Some can greet you

Others turn their heads away


But it is for all of them

That you do your art

To tell your story

So that we can face each other

Understand each other

Always hoping that we will share

Each other’s experiences, feelings,

Support each other

Show respect for our differences.

So far up the river,

Into the sea

There is a bridge all of us will cross

Where everyone will meet up

And we are all reaching for that bridge

Along the winding river.