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Monday, March 16, 2015

Contemplation on the odu Ogbe Odi ( Ogbe'di )

I’m up here
come on up
the air is clear 
and we can feel free
to be ourselves
Up here
where shifting boundaries
bend and blur
and life has infinite permutations
So much to see
so much to learn
There is no receiving
without giving
nor giving 
without receiving
until after a moment of discomfort
black and white impose themselves
and I watch you fall back into normalcy
trying to drag me with you
making me realize
perhaps it was a mistake to invite you
into my world
I see now why people on the fringes
create boundaries
or at least
choose to view life from afar


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Ogbe Iwori

To walk into the past
while standing in the present
can cause old emotions
to bubble to the surface
of the murky lake you drowned them in
Concrete blocks
tied to insecurities
from a time when
kindness was rarely shown
by those around you
Chains loosened
fears float to the top
popping around you
air stagnant with the smell of adolescence
as you struggle to breathe
that putrid sense of not being
good enough filling your nostrils
until
eyes closed
you remember
who you are
how far you traveled
the worlds you’ve seen
the demons you’ve slain
then
silently
you walk away
releasing the past
only to think of your next adventure

----- written while listening to Bobby Scott's rendition of "nature boy" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoTzR-Pp3VA 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Iwori Meji

When traveling with hyenas
Don't get too comfortable
Watching as the pack
Tears apart its prey
In a frenzy of blind emotions
Without any true loyalty
You may find that tomorrow you
Are the object of their attentions

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Ofun Meji

Before you open your mouth
before the thought enters your mind
before your eyes sit in judgement
before you put pen to paper
stop
and with eyes closed
imagine
a walk across the tens of billions
of solar systems that we call neighbors
and tell me
without a hint of arrogance
that you have found truth
that your way is the right way
that redemption lies only in your belief
that you have found the one.
Please
stop
and with eyes open
see
the vanity in your words
What does truth mean
to a man sitting on the sun?
What will salvation look like
to a ray of light?
What can I say to you
so you can see the foolishness 
of your words?
Live your life
this one time
with meaning
and love
and stop thinking
you are more
than a grain of sand
at the base of a sand castle
about to be washed away
by the ebb and flow 
of eternity

(created while listening to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIwwjy4slI8 - Nils Frahm "says")
Inspired by the new hubble photograph https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udAL48P5NJU#t=11

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Contemplation on the Odu Oyekun Meji

Liquid notes drip across my consciousness
as words pour from lips like velvet silks
caressing the deepest places of your soul
Peaks and valleys ending in wells of purest water
that refresh my senses and nourish me
Time spent alone
with you
feeds the space in between
drawing me closer
into the heat of your breath
and perfumed notes of sweat
that roll down your sides
until that time when
the world is no longer
and we lose ourselves
in the timeless moment
we call
love

Friday, December 19, 2014

Contemplation on the Odu Obara Ofun

Beware
the beauty of the snake
it is unable to escape its nature
intoxicated by it undulating movements
one might be lured into a false sense of security
but do not be fooled
whether driven by 
threat
hunger
or surprise
real or perceived
a snake will
be a snake
There are some
who like the snake
can not escape their nature
beware them
but do not become them
and always rise above the
faults of your nature
to become more than

the sum of your parts

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Contemplation on the Odu Ofun Ogunda

"There is a time and a place"
was the name of the one who arrived in a foreign land
where people walked backwards
and kept their faces covered
and their bodies bare
in the hot desert sun
What is this place
he thought to himself
how unenlightened these people are
do they not know that their genitals lay bare
for the world to see
and their faces remain covered
emotions hidden beneath muslin of blue
What a strange place indeed!
As the day passed
he continued to observe the customs of the local people
only to understand that
while seemingly strange
for these people the customs worked
and they managed to live
as they had
for many years before him
and likely
for many years after him
While sitting for tea
he realized
left bare to the world
there was no shame in their bodies
man and woman
without worry 
looked past functionality
and into the minds of each other
what a revolutionary thought
disguised by my own prejudice
After some time spent wandering
“There is a time and a place” was approached by a tribe elder
and asked
Does it not feel funny
to walk with your toes first
and not see where you come from?
To which he responded
I had never thought about it that way
certainly I always want to understand where I came from
but I find it quite useful to see where I will go
In thoughtful repose, the elder contemplated his response
and said
It is from this moment on, that I declare my people will try walking sometimes seeing what lies ahead 
and sometimes seeing where they have come from
In response “there is a time and a place” declared
From this moment forth
I will walk sometimes looking ahead
and sometimes looking behind
and I will sometimes leave my body bare, and head covered
that I may look into another’s soul
and not just at their body
So it was that each learned
and felt the truth in a new way of being
“There is a time and a place”
was the name of the one who lived in a foreign land

that was no longer foreign