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Lesotho RPCV Jacqueline Lyons shares her poems about Peace Corps

Lesotho RPCV Jacqueline Lyons shares her poems about Peace Corps

As Lyons was being driven to the border, to return to the United States, it was a bittersweet moment. In her nonfiction novel, she wrote, "Though I am leaving, I feel I am the one left behind."

Lesotho RPCV Jacqueline Lyons shares her poems about Peace Corps

Poets read work influenced by Peace Corps, NPR, springtime

By Lisa McGunigal

Published: Friday, October 28, 2005

Caption: Jacqueline Lyons shares her poems at yesterday´s READ/WRITE event. Media Credit: Victoria Norkin


Lyons began her reading with two poems, including "Talking with Toca," from The Way They Say Yes Here. Lyons taught in the Peace Corps and this poem reflected interactions with a particular student. As Lyons taught English to her students, they continually spoke in the present tense. Lyons said she found this tendency interesting and wrote this poem based on Toca, the student, with present tense throughout. The poem spoke of Toca's cultural ways of communicating to Lyons and the two of them walking and talking together. Toca decided he and Lyons should have tea and talk once they reached her house, in the poem.

Lyons also talked from her nonfiction book of her Peace Corps unit drinking. They drank in order to celebrate occasions, a few times late at night, or just as a distraction. Women were unable to purchase liquor in Africa, so the men from the unit were sent into town to bring back the liquor. The members of the unit were from various countries such as Uganda and Canada.

Lyons wrote about the Peace Corps member she replaced. From what she was told, the woman shaved her head once and it was described as, "very pink." Some Peace Corps members said they feared the bald woman.

As Lyons was being driven to the border, to return to the United States, it was a bittersweet moment. In her nonfiction novel, she wrote, "Though I am leaving, I feel I am the one left behind." Lyons worded a common feeling that arises when we embark on a new journey.

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In our own body to do what we can
To make up all still to be undergone
By Christ, for sake of his body, the church.
We became the servant of the church when
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God's message to all, message was mystery
Hidden for generations and centuries.
Now revealed to his saints, it God's purpose
Reveal it to us and to show all the
Rich glory of mystery to everyone
Mystery is Christ among us, hope of glory.
Christ we proclaim, wisdom thoroughly train,
Instruct all, make perfect in Christ, for this,
We struggle wearily on, helped only
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