On my mind is “me”

The me
who feels under the weather sometimes,
whose age is now showing,
who is slower than before,
and who is rougher at the edges;
but it’s just the same me.

It’s the same me
who was your schoolmate,
college mate, and is now your workmate
and friend.

It’s the same me
who played with you growing up;
who is your husband, brother, father, son,
cousin, uncle, and granddad.

This me, I know,
has had flaws, scars, and insecurities;
has not been perfect,
has said Continue Reading "Me"

That splendid woman who,
one step at a time,
left her world behind,
and chose to love, live,
laugh, weep, or in summary,
keep me company,
and tie her dreams to mine.

That outstanding woman who,
became my soulmate,
and has not allowed our love,
to scatter in the wind.

That awesome woman who,
continues to share with me,
life’s great, and not so great moments,
and refuses our dreams to fall apart,
against all odds.

That inspiring woman who, Continue Reading "My Woman"

On my mind are those of us folks who were born in the nineteen fifties and sixties: We, thankfully, got an education in the sixties, seventies, and extending into the eighties, the latter period of which was interspersed with moments of leisure. This was followed by a period of stabilization and getting wiser, somewhat. The…Continue Reading “What A Full Life It Has Been For The Baby Boomer Generation”

You seem to be fishing
for the money-loaded,
for the light-skinned,
for the sexy;
you seem to be searching
for the one who’ll
make you laugh,
wipe your tears,
hug you tight,
watch you succeed, and
keep you strong.
Lakini sisi ndio tuko;
a bit rough around the edges,
but working to smooth them off.

It looks like you’re searching for
your best friend,
your great support,
your biggest comfort,
your strongest motivation,
your truest smile,
your deepest love,
your favorite,
your forever, and
one who will have you entirely.
Lakini sisi Continue Reading "Love’s Expectation vs Reality"

Is it a tear I hear in his voice?
After years of policy attention to girls,
a reaction to expanded women’s rights,
not meant to be negative backlash;
the result, though, has been
a neglected boy child.

Is it a tear I hear in the voice?
of the boy child who has been left behind
in the gender equality agenda.
Society has assumed that the boy-child
is able to figure out their life,
that because he is male,
he knows the way,
he does not need direction.
he does not need support.

Is it a tear I hear in the voice?
of the boy child
who is not supposed to cry or lament;
stipulations upon the boy child
that have bred angry, weak,
unstable, rough
and disrespectful men.

Yes I know
it is your tear I hear
in your voice dear boy child,
but I want you to know that Continue Reading "Is It A Tear I hear, Dear Boy Child"

On my mind is the hatred, nastiness, negativity and bile that we have embraced towards one another when we have opposing ideologies whether moral, political, social, or economic.

It’s as if everybody is just waiting for the smallest trigger from the other side so as to spew anger.

We criticize everybody else’s view and their social justice practices; but not our own.

We have become like a lynch mob; if we think, or hear that something wrong has happened, we want to destroy, kill, eviscerate, or wipe out just because of a difference of opinion.

A few people congregate in fora that include the social media and condemn; rather quickly, without evidence, without countervailing proof; without the ability for the person being held to give account of themselves.

My mind agrees that it is extremely necessary for us to leverage whatever authority we posses in defense of ideas, ideals, and identities that may be under assault.

But this does not give permission for us to viciously rip another person’s reputation, or tear into their souls as if they have done the ultimate harm.

For those who have committed that harm, Continue Reading "Why The Hate, Nastiness, Negativity And Bile"

When two fall in love,
immediately after they give
their hearts to each other,
it’s all roses, it’s candle light,
it is a romantic experience,
it is the best fit, it is juicy,
it is sexy, it is hot,
the hormones go haywire,
the hormones get thrown into a blender;
the movie of the love birds
plays 24/7 in their heads,
daydreaming about
the precious little moments together,
and the mementos.

But in the restless world
that we live in today,
when two fall in love,
the initial flame soon dies down;
love ends before it’s begun;
and the many hot moonlight kisses,
cool in the warmth of the sun.

All of a sudden, the rosy love gives way to: Continue Reading "The Phases Of Everlasting Love"

2020 is a year that was ushered
with all humanity cheering
with fireworks and ululations
as they bid 2019 away;
with all its insurmountable hardships,
burdens, woes and tribulations.

Humanity wanted to just move on,
to a better year,
even when reports had emerged
of an epidemic that was ravaging China
and the difficulties that China
was facing to contain it;

but humanity went on
with life as usual
as if nothing else mattered
except to get into 2020;
hoping that what was happening in China
would remain there.

Then, however, the epidemic spread,
first to Europe, then to the Americas
and soon it was everywhere;
the World Health Organization
declared it a pandemic.

The whole World came to a standstill;
no flights, and no cross-border movement.
The word, ‘lockdown’, Continue Reading "2020, The Year When Humanity Stayed Indoors"