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 […]Read more "Envying Scarcity"
Are endless. Ubiquitous. Almost inevitable. Where we leave our heart At the door And occupy the least demanding seat In the room. No raising of hands No attempts to do better- Nothing too costly. Plenty rolling of eyes Plenty defence of the status quo Especially if it’s convenient For ourselves. For now. The chance to […]Read more "Opportunities for mediocrity"
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 […]Read more "Post colonial sin"
Are there not limits to how muchSaving of ourselvesWe can do?If ‘God helps those who helps themselves‘Where does that leave the helpless?If ‘we are the ones we’ve been waiting for‘Where do we goWhen we don’t know where to go?How can we leadWhen we haven’t been led?Show grace when we’ve never beenAfforded the benefit of the […]Read more "Unto Ourselves"
No matter how many times I show up To write To speak To contribute There’s a disapproving figure Somewhere between my ears Sometimes quietly suggesting Other times explicitly yelling That I have no right to be here No grounds to be sharing an insight No real reason to share my thoughts. And it wouldn’t be […]Read more "The Resistance is Relentless"
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 […]Read more "Of Shepherds and Perfectionists"
Ready for a leadership position? Ready to ask her out? Ready to quit your job? Ready to start your business? Ready to get married? When do you know you’re ready? You can only read so many books Or have long conversations Or attend prayer meetings. In the end There will always be a gap left […]Read more "When do you know you’re ready?"
When life was simplerAnd I did not have to chooseBetween my conscienceAnd my securityWhen I didn’t see the hypocrisyOf the people I admiredNor painfully grapple withThe same double standardsWithin myself.I mourn my younger self-When anyone next to meCould be my friend,When temptations weren’t soDevastating,When the stakes weren’t so high,Coming to know that the true cost […]Read more "Mourning my Younger Self"
The song followed me aroundAll dayDemanding to be heardThe lyrics kept swirling in my headRefusing to be forgottenEvery step seemed to echoThe chorusMy fingernails incessantly drumming toThe beatIt was the soundtrack behind everyConversationThe rhythym of the passing minutesThe melody of my dayBeckoning me back to my phoneTo play it one more time.Read more "Melody"
Imagine if we had to justify Every breath, At the ends of each day Make a compelling argument As to why we get to see another; Daily coaxing our hearts To keep beating, Sweating just to keep Our lungs rising and falling Our sanity intact Our blessings earned. Tasking stock of all the things going […]Read more "Earning every blessing"