How else do you fight the thoughtsOf your life being ‘not enough’?When your mind fixatesOn the things you do not haveAnd magnifies your sense of inadequacyIt turns you in on yourselfSpurring you to spend your daysPlaying catch-up to no end.Counting your blessingsOne by oneIsn’t cheeseyIt isn’t an exercise in vanityOr a hack for momentary happiness.No.Counting […]Read more "On counting your blessings"
What makes a life worthwhile? The chances we get And the choices we make The people we cling to And the ones we leave behind The times we were certain of our abandonment And the moments when our good fortunes seemed inevitable. 30 years ago Countless little miracles Were set in motion That made my […]Read more "1992"
I don’t always have to win.Sometimes just being here is enough.Sleep is better than TV now.Friendship is complicated-Don’t get me started about the perplexity that is romance.Family is really, really messyBut really, really important.People’s opinions are just opinions.My friends are complaining about back pain.I can genuinely smile in the mirror these days.Phone calls with Mama […]Read more "I’m getting older"
Are not asked by peopleThat don’t care.Nor are they evidenceThat you don’t belongAnd they do not have to be interpretedAs attacks on your identity.Hard questionsAre proof that you are surroundedBy people that care too muchTo see you suckAnd who have tied their successTo your own,Who have eyes to seeWho you really areWhen your own perspectivesLead […]Read more "Hard questions"
Despite what Google would have you believeNot knowing is actually a resource,A gift even.To not already know what someone is going to sayKeeps you on the edge of your seatWaiting for each sentence,Not knowing for sure how difficult the work isKeeps you from quitting upfront.Not knowing every part of the pathKeeps you from walking foolishly.Not […]Read more "Not knowing as a resource"
Not quite the place I rememberBut still the place I love.Too warm to have a ‘proper winter’Too diverse to not belong to all of usFood that feels like homeFriends that feel like familyWarm walks along the beachDreamy nights along the coast.The place I found many loves-The love of GodThe love of my fellowAnd the love […]Read more "Durban"
Bubbles, bursts and blasts Of the purest, sweetest water Tumbling out from an effervescent spring Drenching the feet And soaking the jeans Of anyone standing close by, Reducing burdens Quenching fear Swelling freedom. He was increasingly becoming The kind of person Who ate hope for breakfast And drank deep throughout the night Of the joy He’d […]Read more "Joy"
Its a strange set of affairsTo call something a successOn paperThat is a real life disaster.A managerial successBut a lemon for those on the ground,An elaborate protocolBut a chaotic experience for everyone it comes in contact withA sound policyBut an unsound societyPlenty of charmBut no real affectionFervent religionBut unaffected hearts.This is the challenge for those […]Read more "Good on paper"
Our bank accountsOur healthThe houses we live inThe people we loveThe institutions we trustThe careers we pine forThe politics we’d die forThe breath in our lungs.All goods in the end are perishable.Not much lasts forever.So perhaps its to best to liveWith an open-handednessThat doesn’t grasp too tightlyOn things that, by nature,Are always slipping away.Read more "Perishable goods"
There are none.Feeling wholly undone by this factIs folly,It is not groundsFor feeling sorry for yourself Own your story In all its pain and glory-Its the only one you’ve got.Read more "Problem free versions of your story"