This broken boat

By Mark William Jackson

Why would I set my whole life afloat,

put all that I have in this broken boat?

Because this broken boat is my only hope,

all my chances in one desperate throw.


No house stands now where I once called home,

that land, my land is a field of bleached bones,

so I must float away from what was once mine,

risk everything left for the life of my child,

for the little one born of peaceful mind,

who clings to me like a memory from happier times.


Into this sea of tears I drop my hands

and push away from my beloved homeland,

I pray that we make it to kinder sands

that will love my child, as do I, a dead man.


Burkinabe Rising

Transitions Film Festival 2019: Right Now’s top picks

By Caitlin Cassidy, Dinesha Perera, Zhenya Bourova and Liam Fallon

The 8th annual Transitions Film Festival leads the way into a better future, showcasing documentaries surrounding technological innovation, revolutionary change makers and engaging, cutting-edge ideas. Below, Right Now writers cover four documentaries screening at Transitions 2019. The Ubuntu Project Directed by Anna Davies Review by Caitlin Cassidy “Ubuntu” is a South African philosophy which loosely […]