Appreciation

 

Somethings in life are meant to be shared with everyone

such as joy, friendship,love and dreams

however life is fickle at times

and along the way

there is hate, anger, pride, envy

and  this is shared with everyone

even ourselves

the thing is

that as humans we embody all these emotions

and often we prioritize one over the other

and rightfully so

because the sensation of joy is greater

then the agony of pain

but I realized that understanding the source of my pain

gave me clarity and compassion

and a better recognition of the upswing and downswing of life.

 

Present

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Honest and hilarious

oblivious yet aware

a bundle of joy,

and a testament of love.

Always living in the moment,

and seeing things for what they are.

A patient and kind teacher.

My sincere regards to man’s best friend.

Rhythm and Blues

 

He, too, sings the Rhythm and Blues

The brother with the clarinet clasping in his lips

Untold melodies, and spirituals

Flowing from the crater of his incensed soul

Sounds emanating from his instrument

That of joy, pain and sorrow

Singing the blues of Yesterday to Virgin ears of today.

 

She, too, sings the Rhythm and Blues

Her voice a hegemony as she cradles the microphone

Giving life to raw emotions such as grief and outrage

She’s God because she can condemn but also heal.

A mother of the Rhythm and Mistress of the Blues

Sounds emanating from her voice

From the chasm of her guts to the beatings of her well-worn heart

Short and sweet, brisk and loud

A Novocain to the eardrums of a distressed listener

Singing the blues of Yesterday to Virgin ears of today.

 

 

*Legends Lester Young and Billie  Holiday*

To Pray

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Now that I am older

I understand what it truly means to have faith in something or someone

even when every fiber in your body says otherwise.

I understand now what it means to be strong

not because I have ripped out muscles or lethal defensive skills,

but rather when things looked bleak

I somehow withstood it because I’ve seen my mother withstood it.

I understand now what it means to pray

not just kneeling down but sincerely believing.

          It is when we are at our lowest

that somehow we come out at our highest.

I don’t need to show the world how pious I am

or subscribe to a group mindset

because I am my own witness,

and I hold myself accountable for whatever I do.

 

Aim of Love

 

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Its kinda slippery whenever love’s around

once you think you have a firm grasp on it,

It takes a twist and a turn,

and your emotions along with it.

The advice given

is to simply take it on the chin,

like love is a game,

and your earning a badge

on joy, heartbreak and trust

but the odd thing about growing older

is you gain experience and may not fall for the same mistakes

compared to when your younger,

but my promise to myself

is for next time,

to take my head and my heart along with me for the journey.

 

To always Smile

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Words written with an empty belly

is like moving a car with no gas,

You’re immovable, ineffective

  even stranded,

and like a parable, I compare it to my present journey

The misplaced joy and the self-evident dismay

I move a couple of steps forward,

and then find I’m back where I started.

I have emotions I haven’t yet sorted

Fears and love that don’t need mixing,

and an open past that just keeps coming back.

The only words needed to convey

is to simply

               always smile!

Faith

 

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Faith is something coveted, cherished and sought by many.

It is like a mirage

something you chase and chase,

and you start to doubt if it ever existed,

and after you put your mind on something else

you find it right beside you,

probably was there the whole time

but we ignore it

or yet we live our lives

never really grasping its true beauty

which is faith in ourselves

faith in what we do,

and also our faith in others

this strength can only come if you believe in yourself.

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