Staying for the right reasons

It is not wiseNor is it sustainableTo endure difficult thingsOut of guilt,Or obligation.Life is complicated,Confusing at timesConvoluted.It’s one thing to want to be somewhereBecause its the best you’ve encounteredAnd have no real reason to complain,Quite another when you areAgonizing,Suffering to do the right thing.Jesus sweated bloodWhen faced with the prospectOf what it would takeTo love […]

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Not yet Uhuru

Freedom never stayed long with her.Struggle came too easilyToo frequentlyA fruit that hung much too low.The struggle alwaysSeemed to be continuing.She repeatedly found herselfAt war with othersAnd nearly every dayAt war with herselfAt war with her wrongsAt war with a worldThat didn’t make sense anymore.Freedom visited herLike a lover in a long distance relationship-Gloriously but […]

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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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Giving it a name

Knowing why you struggleIs just as important as figuring out the journey to overcoming it.Some of us have struggledAnd for the longest timeWe could never quite figure outWhy we did.So in the absence of a clear culprit,in some misguided attempt to‘Pull ourselves up by the bootstraps’We decided to beat ourselves upAnd call it ‘discipline’Because we […]

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On taking responsibility

Far from being a ball and chainOwning up is libertyFreedomFreedom to determine next stepsFreedom to make an assertionTo make a judgement callTo make things right.Responsibility means raising your handTo be the one to callNo matter how things turn outFor better or for worse.Hiding from it only meansSomeone else will finish the story on your behalfAnd […]

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Hard Hands. Soft Hearts

In the end, this is what we hope for.Hard hands.To have used our strengthTo contend for the weakAnd make war againstThe darkness within and without,Spending ourselvesOn the things that matter mostAnd bearing the scarsOf holding on to hope.Soft hearts.In a world where discord is too easy-To have chosen the way of love,In the face of […]

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Creativity = Rebellion

There are things worth rebelling against:ApathyIgnoranceHalf-heartednessDespairPlagiarismDisadvantaging the vulnerablePerpetuating a poor track recordA culture of exclusionTardinessSuperficial unityUnequal scales.Finding ways to do things betterOften requires intentonal steps in unpopular directions-The thing about the status quoIs that no one feels responsible for itYet everyone not pushing against itMakes it possible.In civic life we celebrate people today who were […]

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What makes writing beautiful?

What makes writing beautiful?So many things.The way the words seem to marry each otherLike soul mates that were destined to find one another on the page.How its an opportunityFor the world to go walking throughThe writer’s mindAnd how the writer’s thoughts go walking through the earth.Writing is bondage;Where fleeting thoughts are boundTo a time and […]

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Whole

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” Psalm 16:1-2 The joy of Christian hope allows us to not only receive but also rejoice in gifts we did not deserve; Strength we did not acquire. Resources we […]

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