On counting your blessings

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 […]

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1992

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 […]

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I’m getting older

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 […]

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Hard questions

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 […]

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Not knowing as a resource

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 […]

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Durban

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 […]

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Joy

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 […]

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Good on paper

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 […]

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Perishable goods

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.

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