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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

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Odi Okanran ( Odi Ocana )


We have
given in
to our basest selves
When we allow
madmen and charlatans
to hold court
We have
lost our way
in a darkened wilderness
When we allow
blind fools
to carve our path
We have
forgotten humanity
When we allow
ourselves
to ignore the weak and vulnerable
How did we get here?
More importantly
How do we leave this
wretched state?
Lest we fall victim
to the same demise
of so many
who lived before us
Forget your differences
and remember
We are all
Mothers
Fathers
Sons
Daughters
Brothers
Sisters
We are all
Humans
Who need
care
and
love
If we are to
survive

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Contemplation on the Odu Irosun Ogbe ( Irosun Gbemi )


We have survived the
Bootcamp called 
Childhood
Indoctrinated
to believe we 
know
what is
and isn’t 
Right 
A bundle of raw
nerves
programmed to
play our part
In this dark comedy
with no end
Taught to
love
or hate
accept
or reject
fear 
or embrace
what society
deems appropriate
More often than not
unaware of the
Fluid nature of
Truth
Some days 
we are lost
having accepted
“truth"
without 
thought 
Our world shattered
incapable of
putting back the pieces
of a puzzle that 
changes from one moment
to the next
Our only 
Salvation comes from a  
small quirk of the
human condition
Goodness
Buried in varying degrees 
in each of our 
Souls
A bump in the road
waiting for us to 
stumble upon it and
Save us
from ourselves
Waiting to set us truly 
Free

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Contemplation on the odu Osa Ofun


Under cover of night 
My insecurities launch a
Sneak attack into the
Jungle of my mind
Invading my
Consciousness 
Half paralyzed by sleep
And unable to mount
A proper defense
I'm forced to experience
My innermost fears
Sometimes mundane
Other times terrifying 
My reality is torn apart 
And my soul laid bare
Like carrion for the
Vultures of anxiety
To feed on
But with the dawn
Comes rebirth
As I wake to find
My world is not
So bleak
The light of day
Cleansing my vision
So that I might see a
Path forward 
And live 
another
day

Friday, March 3, 2017

Contemplations on the Odu Osa Oyekun

Three thoughts on a day of change

There is no right thing
Just the next thing

While so many
paint the world in
black
and
white
reality is more like an
unsupervised child
with no paper
and an endless supply of
finger paints
in a word
messy
...
Chose to
live your life
in between the
notes
It's where the real
music happens