More than any book we’ll ever readOr talk we’ll ever hearOr degree we’ll ever earn,The people we journey withWill have the greatest impact onThe frame of thought we inhabitThe things we createAnd the people we become along the way.Conversations and revelationsTight hugs and heated argumentsWordless tears and overcooked discussions-These co-sojournersThese interlocutorsThese intellectual ancestorsWho help us […]Read more "Intellectual Ancestors"
We were not fools by choice.Life had led us to thinkThat we could never be wrong.We stumbledWhen we thought we were sprintingWe impaledPeople we thought we were lifting upUprootedWhat we thought we were ‘saving’We thought that good intentions were enough.That as long as it made sense to usIt would always make sense.Little did we knowThat […]Read more "Blind guides"
The words fell onto the pageBegrudginglyPainfully.Slowly.Like a thick, heavy honeyThat reluctantly falls off the combPromising sweetnessBut releasing itEver so slowly.I was tired.But I knewThat once the ink began to flowInspiration would not be far behind.Writing deserves our best hoursBut if all we haveAre the dying moments of the day,Even then the pen will not disappoint-It […]Read more "Too tired to write"
The time we spendSeeking the Face of GodIs not time taken awayFrom ‘practical’ things.It is not a waste of down timeTo spend our SundaysIn the house of God,Nor is it a misuse of resourcesTo give money to the church.The visions and propheciesWe read in scriptureAre not delusionsNor are they opiates of the people.Like Moses, when […]Read more "Burning Bush"
The occurrence of a setting sunTells us that light is impermanent,That darkness is always imminent andSignals that even the brightest daysCome to an end.But the world doesn’t stop spinningWhen the sun goes down-Soon enoughThat sun will rise again.We’ve been through hard thingsBefore-Loss of loved onesDeath of dreamsDeep regrets.Battered, bruisedAnd light depraved as we’ve been,We made […]Read more "Once more"
Because things change.People change.Priorities changeAnd rules of thumb evolveDepending on who’s handsWe’re looking at.Just because we’ve chosen poorlyFor so longDoesn’t mean we will do so forever,And if we’ve gotten luckyFor the past two yearsDoesn’t mean its never going toRun out.Indeed our lives tell a storyOver decades,But we don’t live in years-We live moment by moment,Each […]Read more "Consistency isn’t everything"
Dear LORD, I never want to forget That you are all-satisfying And that You have my best interests At heart Infinitely more than I do. I’ve made an application Hedged my bets Taken a leap of faith And now I find myself in limbo Waiting Hoping Day dreaming about how life would be With a […]Read more "The Applicant’s Prayer"
Are unpredictable.Even mystical.I have foundThat I rarely feelLike I thought I wouldWhenever I cross one.Its usually becauseThe next set of endeavorsLoom so largeThat they cast a long shadow on thisSuddenly unremarkable finish line,And I soon forgetHow many long nightsI spent in anticipation for this moment-This moment that has turnedSeverely anticlimactic andAlmost a definite disserviceTo the […]Read more "Finish Lines"
Wonderful thingsDon’t materializeIn our soulsOvernight.Character requires thatThat life itself happens to us Before it coalesces.Life demands livingFirsthand,Not vicariously through a bookAnd not on the fence, observing others-No safe zones Where the minutes don’t matter. We cannot liveAnyone else’ lifeNo matter how hard we try.Our greatnessWill come along the wayOn the path of the mundane In […]Read more "Getting to great"
There’s something about commitmentThat scares and steadies the heart all at once.Scary because it means forsaking other options,Steadying because now you have tethered your very existenceTo a piece of landTo a causeA businessA person.To be invested,To throw in your lot with anything on this Third Rock from the SunIs risky business:Many a cautionary taleSpeak of […]Read more "Invested"