For the youth

Why is it that youth need to be ‘empowered’?Who were our parents building for all along?We have never been“The next generation” –From the moment we were bornWe had a part to play.They told us to wait and watch.We were children thenAnd now we are adultsAnd it is becoming increasingly obviousHow foolish it is to keep […]

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The privileged ones

Are often not the onesBest positioned to see everythingFor what it really is-Like a person who’s never goneWithout light,Straining and struggling to seeIn the darkness,For their eyes are not accustomedTo the experience of thoseWho live in the shadows.Yet their privilege gives them powerThat no one else has,To change the order of things,To make the room […]

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The wrong kinds of paradox

Freedom,As it turns out,Comes at a price.And justice cannotBe met peacefully.Righteousness remains unattainableWithout someone getting their hands dirty-The right kinds of paradoxWill always feel uncomfortable,A bitter drink with an aftertasteOf unadulterated nectar.What then, is this sanitized versionOf social progress that we areTrying to grasp at?Calls for ubuntu*By a diabolically individualistic society?An appeal for godlinessWithout God […]

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On Changing the World

What is it exactlyThat you want to change?What exactly is missing?Sometimes we imagineWhat we would doIf we ever got the powerIf we ever got the opportunityIf we ever got a go at the wheel-How things would be betterHow we’d finally be happy.Changing the worldMay not look likeWhat we expected,And maybe being in chargeWon’t be all […]

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The world we contend for

There will always be ill fortune. Decent people caught in indecent times Adrift on the sea with no wind in their sails Disaster will always find someone to visit. As long as there is a human race Selfishness will also persist There will always be fantastic flaws in human nature We always seem to find […]

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La Brega

Spanish for the posture you assume When the odds are against you from birth, When foreign aid assumes a permanent role In your community Because it seems unlikely that you’ll ever Prosper without it, When people celebrate your capacity To suffer, To be hard pressed and not crushed. Songs of struggle should not be sung […]

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The Public Servant

What does it mean to be in service of the public? Commitment to the good of the common man A commitment to people not processes. Having an affinity for tools not trophies Trading in the currency of progress and not of prestige Realizing the irony of being the winner of a losing system Being committed […]

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News Story

A hundred years ago Most people had no idea about what was going on On the other side of the globe, No Google to get instant facts, no easy travel and serious barriers of war and natural hazards. And we imagine that people back then knew so little about their world. All they had were […]

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You are already serving

When you find yourself forced off your intended path, Dealing with the grunt work of your masterpiece, It’s tempting to think that you are wasting time. That you could really do with less follow up phone calls, Less meetings and emails And more of doing what you actually signed up to do. But you are […]

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Fragile Systems

Part of the beauty of the human body and any intelligent system Is its ability to adapt. To be able to have certain essential functions still running In non-ideal situations Your heart should still beat, even when you haven’t eaten for hours, Your lungs still take in air even when you are tired, And considering […]

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