Statistics have the subtle power of seduction,
Infamous for reducing to the impersonal –
A precious child of God turned into a dollar amount,
A hungry soul reduced to an attendance figure in Excel!
I’ve lived that way far too long!
Raving and bragging about comparative statistics –
No reverence for the individual stories,
Lusting for bigger and more
Over time only …….


I want to live incarnate,
exchanging numbers for names,
Investing in the particulars not the abstract!

So you like statistics?
Here’s one that should break your heart :
Today 5000 Africans died of Aids –
If this tragedy leaves you unfazed then you are
SEDUCED …… like me …….

repent…. if you have time.

written on the plane back to South Africa 2003.