Wordless Wednesday

Pots, rooting hormone and rosemary cuttings; ready for potting. Image :Su Leslie, 2017

Trying to grow rosemary from cuttings. Image: Su Leslie, 20917

Close up shot of potted rosemary cuttings. Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

Close up shot of rosemary cutting in pot. Image: su leslie, 2017

Image: Su Leslie, 2017

 

Sensitive to a smile

"Beautiful children have come into my life; Beautiful people, oh young and bright." Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Todd Casella, 'Sensitive to a Smile.' B&W portrait of young boy with cropped spiky hair.Image: Su Leslie, 2002

“Beautiful children have come into my life; Beautiful people, oh young and bright.” Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Todd Casella, ‘Sensitive to a Smile.’ Image: Su Leslie, 2002

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Herbs is a NZ reggae band that formed in 1979 and is still performing — albeit with a much changed line-up.

Sensitive to a Smile was released in 1987, and I remember it mainly, in a fairly abstract way, as a political song. It wasn’t until the boy-child was born in 1998 that the political became personal.

There comes a time in everyone’s life
No room for mistrust, no room for hate
Open up your heart, don’t look away

When I found myself responsible for that tiny bundle, grown from the love between his father and myself, I realised how invested I had become in wanting a better world, not only for my child, but for all mothers’ children.

The boy-child. Monochrome portrait of a young man with mirror reflection. Image: Su Leslie, 2016

“Quality in life that’s hard to find, Like a child with an open mind” Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Todd Casella, ‘Sensitive to a Smile.’ Image: Su Leslie, 2016

"... Love for them is love for all ..." Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Todd Casella, 'Sensitive to a Smile.' B&W portrait of young boy. Image: Su Leslie, 2005

“… Love for them is love for all …” Dilworth Karaka, Charlie Tumahai, Todd Casella, ‘Sensitive to a Smile.’ Image: Su Leslie, 2005