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 often fun to look atAnd beautiful to walk in.They are not too difficult to construct.With enough cashAnd the right peopleYou can erect quite a spectacle-A state of the art hospitalA beautiful mallA school that looks like Hogwarts.Much harder than thisIs to create a cultureThat brings out the very best out of peopleNo matter their […]Read more "Fancy new buildings"
We appear to be far moreMotivatedTo offer Africans charityThan to take the necessary stepsTo see them onTheir own two feet.We project that generations unbornWill also depend on donationsWaiting, like always, at the back of the line.It seems that it is difficultTo look across the masses of AfricansAnd imagine themWell fedWell educatedProsperous.Oh, but we can give […]Read more "Food Parcel"
We don’t always knowWe’re in the good old daysWhen we’re in them.When life more or less went according to planAnd seasons were predictable,When the money was goodAnd the love came easy-‘Glory days‘As it were.But not everything wasBetter in the past.Life before the pandemicWas not a bed of rosesAnd it turns outWhat someone calls the ‘Good […]Read more "Glory days"
But they will rarely fail to follow in our footsteps. Pandemics and civil unrests have a way Of bringing out the worst in many of us, Adding fuel to the fires That have already been burning And regardless of which side of the argument you fall It helps to ask the question “What story are […]Read more "Our children may neglect our words"
Count for twice as much.There is nothing newAbout double standardsAnd distorted pictures.Being poor, after all,Isn’t just about lacking funds.It is also aboutNot being the beneficiaryOf the benefit of the doubt.Read more "The sins of the poor"
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 […]Read more "The world we contend for"
The worst kind of tyrantIs the one who inflicts harm‘For your own good,’Believing that the axe they weildIs pruning dead branchesAnd not dismembering useful limbs,Casting doubtful glancesOver any claims of injustice,Calling indoctrinationAn educationAnd making reasonable argumentsFor unreasonable things.To be gaslighted is to be givenA meal of hungerA drink of thirstA real-world exerciseIn denying reality.Read more "Gaslighting"
Looking out for one anotherIs seminal to whyWe’ve made it so far.When anthropologists consideredThe first signs of civilisationThey looked forBroken femursThat had healed,As that meant that at some pointAfter breaking a legAnd invariably becoming a burden,The wounded person belongedTo the kind of communityThat cared for people,Who could not carry their own weight-For long enoughTo allow […]Read more "Broken Femurs"
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 […]Read more "Giving it a name"