The Pictures

The Pictures ~ by an alumni of the CIM school in China

The photos of the southern isle
never showed the heat.
The pictures of the northern woods-
wildflowers, stream and fishing rod-
were silent on the subject of
Where grass was green, who thought
of hidden slugs?
In fields of sugarcane,
of scorpions?
On virgin slopes of snow,
who looked for signs: Beware
of Frostbite?

For better or for worse, they said.
The pictures only showed
the better.

Written by: Lorna Anderson
Lorna was an alumni of the CIM school in Chefoo, China in the third decade of the 20th century.
She went on to a lifetime of full-time missionary work on various fields.

She never told anyone about "the scorpions".