The Lie of the Sacred Object

The little voice saysSomewhere in a mall,A car dealershipOr real estate catalogueLies the thingYour heart has been longing for.Somewhere out thereIn the arms of a loverOr the companionship of a friendIs the total acceptance you crave.Nay friend,You won’t find it encodedIn another stamp on your passport,And when your excursion in natureComes to an endYour longing […]

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Black boy joy

O to just be happyLiving in this body.To let the sun kiss my faceAnd not just harden it,For the soil to bear up me with kindnessAnd not ruthlessly demand my sweat or my blood,To be held by arms that hold me dearlyIn a world that sees me not as fodder for a corporate machineNor as […]

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Soul chatter

More money will not make the voices stop.Neither will the arms of your biggest crushNor the applause of your greatest critic.The soul chatters incessantlyReminding you how unhappy you are going to beIf things don’t go your wayAnd how hard you need to workFor your ego’s upkeep.It takes a while before we realizeThat we are looking […]

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Underselling ‘better’

Improvement is a giftWe can offer ourselvesThrough focused effortAnd applied hope.ComparisonIs a wound we can afflictOurselves withThat will bleed bright redEven on our best days.We tend to undersellBeing ‘better’As the thing you reach forWhen you’ve tried and failedAt being the best,But the reality isIf you’re ever going to beThe best you can beIt would surely […]

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Rooting for you

I wish you well.Not a superficial wishThat you might haveA storm free lifeBut a soul-deep wholenessThat stubbornly holds true in timesOf affliction.And yes, you are afflicted,Your body has betrayed youYour mind is frazzledYour spirit forlorn-You’ve taken a beatingAnd its okay to say so.I am rooting for you,That you find a placeTo lay your burdens,And find […]

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The space between our ears

Is a peculiar hinterlandOf wonders and horrors,Facts and fantasiesWhere human consciousness residesAnd personality is incubated-Animating our beingInterpreting our reality,Making us human.Many of us have found great canyons there:The birthplace of ambitionThe genesis of great endeavorThe vastness of joy and love.And at the same time some of usHave found dungeons more confining thanAny man-made prison:Trapped by […]

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On being certain

Certainty is illusive.Counterproductive even.The progress I sacrificeIn pursuit of itIs rarely ever worth the trade.I have found thatA self-determined lifeThat is only as big as my imaginationIs deeply dissatsfying.I am not God.So rather than demandCertaintyI would do well toNot give in to my anxious thoughtsClawing for control and whining forGuarantees,Because this life will always be […]

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Internal Flex

The parts of our humanity that people can seeAre often not the partsOf greatest sifnificance,They won’t make it onto social mediaAnd are easily misunderstoodBut they are anchors for your soulTrusted landmarks for your mind-Things likeDeep contentmentHabitual forgivenessSlowness to judge andFinding freedom in beautiful constraints.The internal flexIs the soul-deep habitOf prioritising the healthOf our inner worldsEven […]

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The real you

Isn’t riddled with insecurityScrolling on a screenLooking for meaning,Pining for designer clothesAnd ‘summer bodies’Racing up the corporate ladder,The real youIsn’t exhausting your yearsPlaying catch upCompensating for childhood traumas,Proving people wrong,Building statues in honorOf your coping mechanisms,Holding onto whatever you can find in this lifeFor fear that there’s nothing else,Chasing after more and moreAnd finding less […]

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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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