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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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Ogunda Odi ( Ogunda idi )

Love
war
two sides
same coin
each creates such
chaos and confusion
that even the most
seasoned veterans
can lose their
way
Blanketing our minds
with a thick mist
lines become blurred
and simple decisions are
anything but
In those moments when
the world is turned
upside down
stop
breathe in
and release all
illusion
Let wisdom clear your
sight
and lift the
fog of love

Monday, July 17, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Owonrin Obara (oworin obara)


The creases in my hands
Grow deeper
Brown and worn 
Giving voice to thoughts
without uttering a sound
Passing ideas
Through time and space
magically connecting 
you and I
physically
visually
mentally
a philosophical symphony
conducted on paper
With pen and ink
Listen closely 
as they narrate
the never ending 
tale of humanity
and you might find
me
more importantly
your might find
yourself

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Ika Ogbe ( Ika gbe )


We all
want to love
and be loved
Not worshipped
not praised
not put on a pedestal
even if sometimes we 
think 
we want those things
The problem is
we often put obstacles
in our own path
But
You can break
free
Quiet your mind
close your eyes
see like the blind
without physical shape
to cloud the true nature
of another
Listen to the music
of their life
if you are struck
with inspiration
dance without fear
and you might find
they will dance
with you
that
is
love

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Eji Ogbe ( Ejiogbe , Ogbe Meji)


Our lot
Our destiny
Our successes
Are made from 
5 simple ingredients
Sadly, most only recognize
The first four
Intelligence
Persistence
Timing
and
Hard work
It’s the fifth ingredient that is
the most important of all
Call it what you like
Luck
Chance
Chaos
No one can escape it
In fact
Our very existence
Is subject to it
So before you 
Pat yourself on the back
For a job well done
Give luck its due
Humility may not save you
But it might make you
A better person