Clean Solutions

Are few and far between.The older we getThe muddier the idea poolBecomes.In the begininng its easy,A dirty diaper?Change it.A hungry infant?Feed it.A skinned kneeBandage it.But what do you for things likeRacismHistorical debtAnd untractable human drama?You pray for strength and guidance,Do your bestAnd then hope like hellThat it’s enoughTo keep it allFrom burning down.

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Future Happiness

University at eighteenStraight As but with a social lifeDream job straight outta schoolMarried by thirtyFirst home within a year of thatHolidays in distant placesFriends in high placesPerfect kidsThe best schoolsEarly retirement-Fill in the blanksWith your recipe for yourFuture happiness.The future is elusive by natureAnd it’s hard enough to perfectly predict the weatherLet alone future bliss.The […]

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Envying Scarcity

Its unfortunateThat selfishnessFeels so good.That self-worshipFeels like self-care,That small mindednessIs often the most convenient kind of thinking,That the low ambitionsOf the corruptLook like the good life,That we say “That’s just the way it is”About problems we could actually solve,That we secretly envy Our bullies because they are powerful,Unfortunate thatMany of the peopleThat championed advancementAlso championed […]

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Post colonial sin

The thing about being a former colonyIs that its hard to knowHow much of your society’s sinIs inherent and how muchIs borrowed.Our sin is layered,First the sinWe’ve plunged our hands intoOf our own volitionAnd then there’s the sinWe inherited from our former captors.And so in an attempt to redeem ourselvesSome of us have sought toBeat […]

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Of Shepherds and Perfectionists

When faced with a senseThat people like youIn places like thisHave great odds against themHow do you respond?Some have ascended to the heightsIn search of perfectionHoping to rise above the frayBy sheer perfectionOr its nearest relative.Others have looked at their counterpartsAnd those that will come after themPromising to always have another’s backPointing out the pitfallsLighting […]

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Hollow Jewel

A life that sparklesOnly on the surfaceWith more hypeThan substance,Where success comesToo quicklyToo easilyWithout depthWithout patienceWithout a need for GodOr other people-Such a lifeMay dazzle for a timeBut in the end is aHollow jewelOr worse stillA counterfeit.Contrasted to an existence that isHewn out of struggleWith promises that tarry,Forged in the fireThat faith requiresProduces something closerTo […]

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The new workaholic

May be harder to spotBecause she’s working from home.She doesn’t wear office slacks as muchAnd her bed is closerThan it’s ever been,Yet don’t be surprisedIf somehow, sleep still escapes herBecause of work.She may be spending less timeAt the officeWhich theoretically free us up the timeShe would have spent commuting,But she’s been in virtual meetingsAll day […]

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There really is no ‘having it all’

Because progress itselfIs a trade off-Giving up where you areFor where you are headed.Exchanging the fixed security of childhoodWith the random chessboard of adulthood,The free time of unemploymentSwopped for the limitations of a 9 to 5,The barrier of being an unknown contenderGivng way to the extensive accountability of being known,Laying down the endless possibilities of […]

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A list of things we can’t do alone

Learn how to tie shoelacesExperience a warm hugDisagree about what to watch Get fitOvercome addictionBe a well rounded professionalCreate a family.Silence the dark voices in our headsThat sound like our own.Its not that we can’t findA video tutorial on YouTube,Or a self improvement programOr new technologyTo help us do such thingsWithout another actual person involved,But […]

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Mental Obesity

How many memesCan you remember?How much of your timeline on socialFrom yesterday was actually worth your time?How many TV seriesCan you binge?How many sermonsOn YouTube have you digested?How many deep podcast episodesHave you actually taken to heart?With so much contentSo readily available-How much of it can we actually process?And how long after consuming one sound […]

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