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Monday, September 18, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Osa Okanran


Today
My shoulders sag
soaked and heavy
Life’s rainfall
weighs me down
My bones ache
I am weary 
stiff
The pressure of existence
Leaves fissures big and small
In the walls I’ve erected
I barely keep up
in this dance called life
two steps forward
one back
one step forward
two back
I move
going nowhere
a dance paid for in 
blood and tears
we all play
we all pay
we must
Somehow
mysteriously
I am certain the
Sun
will shine through the
cracks
if only for a moment
giving me hope
that tomorrow
it won't rain
and I will once again feel 
lightness


 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Oworin Ofun

I find God
in the mundane
everyday moments 
the smell of coffee
a cool breeze
warm bread with jam
the setting sun
getting lost in a book
walking with those I love
God also lives in the
Shadows
when I am lost 
when I struggle
when I fear the darkness
God is not good or bad
God is just a name 
given to the miracle of 
existence
We are born from 
chaos
there is no
master plan
I am lucky
many are not
So
I will try and cherish
my gift graciously
because God
is also
the nothingness
from whence we came
and to which we will
return

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Ofun Oshe


It doesn't take a
Pretty person
To make someone feel
Beautiful
It doesn't take a
Rich person
To make someone feel
Wealthy
It doesn't even take a
Smart person
To make someone feel
Appreciated
It does take a
Loving person
To help someone feel
Amazing
Give love
Freely
Accept love 
Graciously
Nourish every soul
So that we leave this world
A better place
Then when we entered it
And when given the choice
Between love and hate
Choose love
It's the only
Truth


Friday, August 18, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Oshe Obara


There stands a tree
up on the hill
above my house
inhabited by a 
flock of parrots
Each day they
clamor and sing
chirping and imitating 
the passers by
much to their
surprise
So good are they
at the voices and sounds 
that people often turn 
as if hearing 
ghosts
They're not so 
different
from us
We are often just
parrots living in our trees
Blindly repeating what others say
Don’t give in to your
inner parrot
find your own voice
and sing your song
unabashedly
and 
loudly
to the world

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Ika Oyekun


This morning I 
Woke up
And the world seemed
Different
This morning I
realized
Life was my
Cup of coffee
Sometimes cold and bitter
Sometimes warm and sweet
Black as darkest night 
Or 
Light as desert sands
It filled my mouth and
Washed away my
Slumber
Today
I woke up and 
Tasted this gift I'm
Living
Today
I started the
Rest of my
Life

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Oshe Iwori

What is
Art?
A question often asked
and rarely answered
however there is only
one thing to say
Art
True art
is not about
beauty
since defining beauty is both
illusive and meaningless
Art
is when the artist
reveals to us
by any medium
a vision of
ourselves
When even one person
sees
hears
feels
tastes
smells
your creation
and is able find
themselves
in it
you have created
Art


Monday, July 31, 2017

Contemplation on the odu Ofun Okanran ( Ofun Okana )


If you hope to see
the ballet
don’t purchase tickets to 
the circus
no matter what the salesman
promises
a clown in a tutu
remains
a clown in a tutu
even if you squint
really hard
when leaving
don’t be shocked
when you step on
something 
stinking and foul
with so many animals
entering and leaving
the stage
it’s inevitable that one will
relieve itself 
in an inopportune spot
Welcome to the 
circus we call life
where someone is always willing to
part with their
money
power
mind
all in the name of
advancement
too bad they’re not the ones
who’ll advance