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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Opportunities for mediocrity

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 […]

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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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Unto Ourselves

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 […]

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The Resistance is Relentless

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 […]

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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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Mourning my Younger Self

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 […]

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Melody

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.

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Earning every blessing

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 […]

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