Aren’t about reaching the moon.They are about leaps of faithAnd the places we land afterwards.They straddle the thin line betweenBrilliance and stupidity,They are the stuff of the visionaryAnd the delusional.They get you into troubleAnd they also take you places.Sure, reaching for things that you perceiveTo be beyond youOpens you up to failureAnd even abuseBut it […]Read more "Moon shots"
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"
For some of usAll we could do this year was survive-Simply not die.And if you make it to the other sideWe’re gonna need you.Your ear to listenYour heart to careYour arm around weeping shouldersYour hands in serviceYour pen to that paperYour lips to that micYour knee bent in proposalYour hands lifted up in prayer.We’re gonna […]Read more "We’re gonna need you next year"
Yet never fulfilling a purpose.In an eternal chaseTo ‘realize our potential’Yet never quite understandingWhy we are here in the first place.Doing all we canSimply because we can,Following the trendBeing led nose-firstBy our blind ambitionAnd the insatiable desireTo prove a point.Covering up a deep senseOf lostnessWith work and overworkQualification upon qualificationDistracting ourselvesWith a world of possibilityAnd […]Read more "Addicted to “Progression”"
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"
Have you ever lookedAt one of your best picturesAnd asked yourself“And where have you been hidingAll along?”Or perhaps found yourselfSuddenly capable of holding your tongueThough it squirms in your mouth,Or pausing a momentTo let someone else winFor once,Or taking a leap of faithWhen you’d sworn to never take a chance again.The best versions of ourselvesAre […]Read more "Life Within"
Cost nothing as a kid.Naivete about the world allowsChildhood aspirations to bubbleEffortlessly to the surface,And at that ageTime seems infinite,Our very existence is teemingWith possibility.As a kid, unless something comesAnd breaks your spirit earlier than usual,Anything is possible.Now as an adultDreams are expensive.Irresponsible even.And at some point,Many of us make peaceWith them never bearing fruit.Life […]Read more "Dreams"
Doesn’t have to be a put down Or a sign that you don’t belong That you cannot do great things That your story cannot change. It can also mean knowing yourself Well enough to actively choose your own path And trusting yourself enough To persevere when things don’t seem too promising. Your lane is yours […]Read more "Staying in your lane"
The possibilities of what you can achieve over a lifetimeAre endless.On the surface this is liberating, but this is alsoTerrifying-With so many possible outcomesIt is impossible to know whether the path you chose not to takeWill be better than the one you did.And so its tempting to sit with possibility in your lapAnd hope for […]Read more "On choosing to write every day"
Rising from poverty Is not the same as rising from blackness. While it is true that many black people are poor Being black is not synonymous with being poor. For the African health care professionals making their way into the middle class, It often occurs that progress in your career Can translate to a wrestle […]Read more "The African Professional"