Common Ground is an education, retreat and  therapy centre based on a farm in Northern Ireland.  It is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company.  The core activities are rooted in nature, in the landscape of Co Fermanagh and its ecosystems. These include horticulture therapy, ecotherapy, indoor therapies including counselling and psychotherapy, creative arts, professional training, and courses.  We will be teaching people how to grow food whilst actively supporting biodiversity. Before you proceed to the rest of the site please take time to read the poem.

Common Ground

No matter how many walls we build
fences we stretch across this landscape –
No matter how many names we speak
against the others to make them different, wrong –

Each of us was born from the soil of this land
to breathe the same air, drink the same water –

We share one sky – our lingering looks at changing clouds
and the pattern they cast on the hills we call home –

And in the folds of these valleys,
the woods, fields, hedgerows,
daily conversation of wren, robin and blackbird
is broadcast to anyone who cares to stop, to listen –

From dawn to dusk sunlight is offered equally,
our shadows stretch and withdraw at the same rate –

At night we turn our faces upwards,
enter the shared wonder of the stars –

You point to the plough – I nod in agreement.
The moon invites us all to the freedom of our dreams.
When the wind blows from the east everyone feels the chill
and as rain falls there is no law to say whose field gets wet –

The ground receives your hayseed and mine equally,
makes no specific promise based upon the creed I speak
or the colour of your skin.

In life the earth receives our blood and tears without question.
In death it embraces our bones without favour.

©Robbie Breadon

To get a taste of Common Ground – have a look at this slideshow and the following video.

This is a wonderful combination of the words and voice of Bianca Fachel, the guitar playing of Djamen and images from the farm in the Spring of 2015.

You can support Common Ground by (in order of priority):

  1. making a donation at in the #growyourtenner campaign from 17 Oct 2017 – Local Giving – Grow Your Tenner ;
  2. voting for @Common Ground on the Aviva Community fund from 23 October 2017;
  3. express interest in anything you find on this website;
  4. spreading the word to your networks using the buttons provided.

Thanks for all the kind comments on the poem: please do go on to register and comment on other pages too!

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56 thoughts on “

  1. Salvatore Lauro

    I found the poem above moving and well stated. The poem reminded me so much of my own feelings of struggling to connect with nature and others. I will be sharing it and passing it along. Thank You.

    1. commongroundni Post author

      Hi Salvatore
      Thanks for your open hearted comment. I am pleased that you are touched and that you will share with others. RB

  2. Ashen

    Your lovely line … ‘From dawn to dusk sunlight is offered equally’ … made me think of a Rumi poem:

    “And still, after all this time,
    The sun never says to the earth,
    “You owe Me.”

    Look what happens with
    A love like that,
    It lights the Whole Sky.”

    1. commongroundni Post author

      Hi Ashen – that’s a wonderful connection you’ve made – thanks for visiting Common Ground. Come again – look around. RB


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