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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Oyekun Odi

I have now seen more winters
then I am likely to ever see again
though far from twilight
I stand at the midpoint of a
horizon that is both
I know my journey is far from over
but I sit in stillness
pondering how I got here
and where I will go
the air
heavy and wet
filled with the moisture of
storms past
and those yet to come
I will persevere
as the sun, wind and rains
leave traces of their
harsh existence
on my skin
Will you look
deep within
and tell me
what it is that
you see?
as I may be
I am still strong
and while I will likely be forgotten
in a thousand years
I will still try
despite the inevitable
to always be a
better version
of me
Will you?

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Contemplation on my own Odu as a Babalawo, Iwori Aweda

I suppose
it’s destiny...
Every time I come
to your aide
you are struck
with amnesia
moments later
I take strange comfort
in the fact that
it seems to happen regularly
and not just with you
maybe someone else noticed
maybe not
so I’ll just relish the
thought that
my contributions
are like hidden treasures
waiting to someday
be discovered

Contemplation on my own Odu as a Babalawo, Iwori Aweda, that is destiny that plays itself out

Friday, September 25, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Irosun Osa

The problem with
is that it's predicated on
someone else’s version
of truth
which may one day
prove to be  
less than
Therefore it is up to us 
each and every one
to find the truth
for ourselves
by continually questioning
our beliefs
so as to determine
what “our"
only then
can we have

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Ogunda Iwori

I hope that the words that
Spill on to the page
From the chalice of my thoughts
Might cause you to slip
And stumble upon God
Perhaps then you will realize that
Religion is
And that all the preachers that
quote scripture
Like trained parrots
Have not comprehended that
There are no words
That could ever explain
The infinite
Except perhaps

inspired while listening to Nils Frahm

Monday, August 24, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Ogbe Odi

Try not to forget
The old days
For which you pine
Were once new
And the source of resentment
For the generation
That came before you
The stagnant pool of water
Festers and breeds disease
The river flows freely
Replacing old water with fresh
Feeding the cycle of life
Swim freely and
enjoy the changing landscape
As you return to the ancestral ocean
Your family welcomes you with
Open arms

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Contemplation on the Odu Ogbe Iwori (Ogbe wene)

I took the road that was
in front of me
it seemed as good as any other
a bit feral
and out of use
but it would get me from
point A to
I wasn’t really sure where
but I figured I’d eventually find myself
someplace new
someplace different
I didn’t know it at the time
but it was an unusual choice
it turned out to be circuitous
at the best of times
at worst
which really didn’t matter much since
I didn’t exactly know where I was going
I still don’t
I have learned that
whatever road I chose
will be an adventure

Marcos Caracol Sanchez — inspired by Robert Frost

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

contemplation on the odu Irete Ofun

I have made mistakes
I still make mistakes
That's better
I'm sure it's no surprise to you
but it's good to say
out loud
to remind myself
let's be honest
to remind
everyone else
It seems lame to
blame it on my humanity
my inability to fully come to terms
with events in my life
but as with anything
Perfection is easier to imagine
than achieve
So I'll keep trying to get it right
and in the meantime
I'll preemptively apologize
for whatever stupid thing
I might do
Please remember
Deep inside
I'm not malicious
just full of flaws
whose cracks I try to fill
with love

--  inspired by Piazzolla's Oblivion