Pamela Porter

Designed by Megan Fildes

Photograph of Earth from Space” by Pamela Porter
from the 2018 Poem in Your Pocket Day booklet

On the outskirts of Luanda, Angola, 

Gerald Nduma has walked an hour to school 

carrying his chair, which is really 

an empty coffee can.  Nine years old,  

he holds in his other hand a mango  

which will be his lunch. At school,  

which is really a tree, Gerald  

places his lunch beneath his chair. 

This day, a missionary has come  

with magazines. Gerald takes what  

is given him.  Soon he does not hear  

the teacher’s instructions.  He does not hear  

the students’ chatter.  He is looking  

at the photograph of Earth 

floating in a dark sea 

which Gerald imagines 

is plenteous with fish. 

 

From Cathedral (Ronsdale Press, 2010)