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
mosquitos.
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".