The promise of change

Is often more potentThan change itself.Those that promise us thingsCan hold significant power over usAs we wait with baited breathFor the unseen future on the horizon-Will this really change our lives?What will it be like in the promised land?Is this what we’ve been waiting for all along?Promises are often more potent than final productsBecause they […]

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The privileged ones

Are often not the onesBest positioned to see everythingFor what it really is-Like a person who’s never goneWithout light,Straining and struggling to seeIn the darkness,For their eyes are not accustomedTo the experience of thoseWho live in the shadows.Yet their privilege gives them powerThat no one else has,To change the order of things,To make the room […]

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The wrong kinds of paradox

Freedom,As it turns out,Comes at a price.And justice cannotBe met peacefully.Righteousness remains unattainableWithout someone getting their hands dirty-The right kinds of paradoxWill always feel uncomfortable,A bitter drink with an aftertasteOf unadulterated nectar.What then, is this sanitized versionOf social progress that we areTrying to grasp at?Calls for ubuntu*By a diabolically individualistic society?An appeal for godlinessWithout God […]

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Load shedding

A reminder that all is not well.That the taxes you pay (or don’t)Don’t insulate you from theConsequencesOf poor administration.Being literally left in the darkAnd thinking that this is a metaphorFor the current state of the nationAnd wondering if this is your life now,And whether you would have these problemsIf someone else was in powerOr if […]

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On Changing the World

What is it exactlyThat you want to change?What exactly is missing?Sometimes we imagineWhat we would doIf we ever got the powerIf we ever got the opportunityIf we ever got a go at the wheel-How things would be betterHow we’d finally be happy.Changing the worldMay not look likeWhat we expected,And maybe being in chargeWon’t be all […]

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Systems Failure

The trouble with boiling all our troubles Down to personal responsibility Is that sometimes Our best intentions just aren’t enough. Sometimes The odds are too unbalanced The winds of adversity At gale force. For those of us who grew up Under the shadows of failed leadership It was often pressed upon us To not complain […]

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The world we contend for

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 […]

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The Overview Effect

Things often look better (or terribly worse)From a distance.The view from 10, 000 feetCan blur the harsh edgesOf daily life.There are few people’s experiencesWe will ever know intimately enoughTo savour the nuance of theirComplicated relationships,Controversial decisions orConvoluted life trajectories.No matter how much news we consumeOr how many Instagram pages we followWe may just get the […]

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Rebuttal

Do you have to agree with everything That ‘everyone else’ calls progress? Are questions asked, the same as Fists raised? Is there room for doubt? Are the only options available the ‘true believers’ And ‘the enemy’? Do differences of opinion Translate to utter incompatibility? Do we want to live in a world of toxic peace […]

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Salt

Being an agent of change is awkward  Often difficult to find yourself on the unpopular side of a conversation Speaking when others would have you stay silent Showing up when others have made bets you wouldn’t  Offering grace to those who don’t deserve it Salt is not a meal on its own And not a […]

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