“The Establishment” (poem / poetry)

As I drew back the curtains, I loosened the seams by mistake,
Revealing the inner substance of this partitionary state,
Used for segregation, to control the way things are,
Seeing how frail the fabric was, I’m amazed they’d made it this far!

Their main function is to shut out light, while supposedly retaining warmth,
But, boasting a black-out characteristic, ensuring the darkness endures,
When they meet up, they restrict my views, so you don’t know me, and I don’t know you,
Yes, I was there when the poll got them through, but I’m starting to question their motives, in truth.

Are you really there for my benefit? Do you have my best interests at heart?
Do you only respond when I give you a tug? Do you force me to pull very hard?
Does this make me look heavy-handed? As you cling to the pole ever-tighter,
Using my internal light against me, so from outside I look like a fighter.

Maybe it’s time to redecorate, and dress my windows a different way,
Maybe how cold and indifferent you’ve been, has bit by bit, led to this day,
You’ve changed my homestead drastically, do I need you? I’m no longer certain,
Can you even hear the pain in my voice? The questions I pose… to my curtains.

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I’m not gonna lie, out of the hundreds of pieces I’ve written so far, this is probably in my top 20 favourite poems. I just love the way the concept came together for me; the fact that it swiftly convinced me to modify my rhyming structure; I love the metaphor I devised to represent the establishment, by whom we are currently governed; and all of the other interwoven meaning and wordplay.

It was an absolute joy to write, (as in turn, I hope it is to read and digest), and I feel it says an awful lot about our current state of affairs, reminding us of this very simple but empowering point… who rules the roost, the curtains, or the person / people whose home it is?

I’m curious, how does this piece speak to you? Maybe you read it in the context of a different kind of passive aggressive relationship, be it another institution or a personal one!? I mean, I could easily see this likened to an abusive relationship, as rereading it, I have a few past flames who fit the descriptions perfectly.

Anyway, however you interpret it, I am sharing this with you, to remind you just how powerful you really are, and that there are things that you can do to change a pairing that’s a “bad fit”… it simply takes for us to speak up, and say that we’ve had enough, after which, we can create something that serves us, and our hopes and dreams much better.

Love and Respect always,

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“What It’s Good For” (poem / poetry)

There are many battles fought, in the name of one war,
These quests champion equilibrium for us all,
Until the chokehold around our throats releases,
We’ll progress, by tackling these manageable pieces.

Oppression; genocide; gender inequality;
Hatred by association; caste superiority;
Freedom of sexuality; poverty; torture;
Global suffering’s created ethical warmongers.

Classic war’s damaging… deep seeded destruction,
But our’s is for togetherness, dismantling assumptions,
It’s good for our humanity, so good for the soul,
And for the underdogs, reclaiming their personal control.

Will you build an equal future? Can you perceive…
A World where we’re not told what we are, or must be?
No more circumstantial barriers, prejudice or hate,
Just a planet full of love, where everybody feels great.

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This is the third piece on the topic of combating inequality in a row from me now, so I think this one is fairly self-explanatory, but anyone who would like to get into things a bit deeper and discuss or contrubute, feel free to comment on this post, or DM me if you’d rather.

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“No Excuses” (poem / poetry)

If the shoe was on the other foot, and whites were oppressed,
For hundreds of years, facing things too raw to digest,
Lord knows, there’d be a build up deep in their gut,
Upon reaching breaking point, they’d have to stand up.

They’d challenge the reality of black privilege;
The pain whites endure and how they’re forced to live;
The fact that their lives are still easily expendable;
And that racism was still seen as somewhat defendable.

Protests would be arranged under “White Lives Matter”,
Many blacks would march too, with “WLM” banners,
Rest assured, I’d be onboard, showing my support,
Instead of saying, “all lives matter”, downplaying the onslaught.

Yes, every life’s important, but you’re missing the point,
We’re all kin, simply the fruit of another loin,
Equality’s achieved, by tackling the worst abuses,
So I say thank you to our allies, for your lack of excuses.

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It is incredibly moving to see so many of us uniting, putting our differences aside and showing a unified response, to the bleak realities and inequality that the majority of black people have faced for hundreds of years, and still do to this day.

However, there are groups of folks out there, who think that the black lives matter movement is not something that they want to recognise or support. Some of these people have also taken to smearing and attacking the name and sentiment of the movement! How very narrow minded and self serving of them.

We are not saying that all lives do not matter, we are not saying that black lives matter more than other lives, nor are we looking for revenge, we are simply highlighting and addressing the multi-generation spanning oppression and slaughter of innocent black people. It should not have occurred, it should not have been allowed to endure, and it must stop!

To all of the beautiful warriors, of all colours, races and walks of life that are supporting this movement, in the hopes of one day soon rectifying this appalling issue, you have earned my love and respect. I thank you, my ancestors thank you, and for my great grandkids, who will not be born for decades yet, I wish to thank you on their behalf.

These seeds of solidarity we are sowing, will bear fruit that will be enjoyed by humankind for centuries to come, and beyond.

Love and Respect always,

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“Together We Stand” (poem / poetry)

Some people don’t care about crippling oppression,
As long as it isn’t happening to them,
They’ll try their best, to teach us a lesson,
Which is from where the root of the problem has stemmed.

Their arguments hold less weight than a feather,
Every word they utter, fortifies their cold views,
As they try to stop us from uniting together,
By shutting us down, with loopholes and abuse.

They see that the beehive is acting with honour,
So they poke it with sticks, tempting hateful reactions,
They’re desperate to say, “look, these people are monsters!”
Those tricked into violence, feed the greatest distraction.

Civil rights abuses are disgusting, period,
Perpetrators now have no place left to hide,
To my brothers and sisters of all colours, none inferior,
As we all stand as one, my heart gushes with pride.

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It’s been extremely heartwarming seeing so many people of all colours and races, standing side by side in opposition of the treatment of black people. We are not currently treated as equals by all people, or “the establishment”, thanks to loopholes in our laws, the abuse of authority by some enforcement officials, and the legacy of centuries of brainwashing, but hopefully, these inspiring efforts will begin to undo this.

I wish to wholeheartedly thank the majority of our global black community, for having the strength to show that enough is enough, without tarnishing our cause with reckless and overly aggressive behaviour. I also want to thank our allies for their support; empathy; and their passion in calling out both our oppressors, and those too ignorant to do anything but criticise.

This movement is but a stepping stone in righting the ills of this World. Once we have stopped these long standing atrocities, and we have a greater sense of racial equality, we can then begin to focus our energies on other worthwhile causes, together.

It is both a difficult and a beautiful time to be alive. We have gone through so much pain and suffering, but we also live in an age where we can mobilise so much quicker and more effectively, that there is no problem we can’t solve, as long as we stick together, lead with our hearts and continue to stand up for what is right!

Love and Respect to you all, always,

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“Positive Outcomes” (poem / poetry)

What am I worth? What do I deserve?
You’re priceless, and deserve the whole Universe.
Why do good things always go wrong for me?
There are blessings and lessons, you’ve yet to perceive.

Don’t hunt for perfection, you’ll waste so much time,
See the beauty in flaws… yours, his, hers, and mine,
Find peace in the little things, spread gratititude,
Lead with your heart, I have much faith in you.

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This piece is a message of support and encouragement for a few of my friends going through tough times right now, and for anyone else who can relate or appreciate.

I know you will get through this, I am here for you, but ultimately, you have everything you need inside of you.

You will emerge stronger and wiser from this, able to show more empathy to those in similar struggles, and you will love, and dream, and reach for the stars again… of that, I am certain.

Love and Respect always,

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“On The Up” (poem / poetry)

When you feel low, and your resolve is tested,
You may feel stuck in a rut, with no blessings,
It’s not about where you are, just where you’re headed,
When down, the only way’s up, so don’t sweat it!

By observing lessons, you’ll figure things out,
Find motivation in the gaps that you’ve found,
Fill them with meaning, your perspective’s what counts,
The smallest of changes, can turn things around.

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When we find ourselves in a difficult situation or emotional state, the greatest thing you can do for yourself is to not give up on… you. When we resign to the pain and suffering we feel, we give it a licence to take root, remain and thrive.

It’s true that there are no quick fixes that last, every solution embodied with durability is fueled by continued effort, but this effort does not need to be exhausting, small steps can add up to huge achievements.

Also, no sensible person expects perfection from another person, or themselves for that matter… we will all have moments where we faulter, where we make mistakes, or grind to a halt, but it’s of the utmost importance that we find the strength to take another small step forwards, and one more after that, and so on, and so on.

Now, if you find it almost impossible to do so, please at the very least take a moment to DM me and share your burden, as speaking your true feelings and thoughts to one compassionate person, will make your soul feel instantly lighter, and from that small action, you’ll have taken your first baby step, and laid out ones that can follow.

I promise you, either things will get easier, or you will become stronger, but most likely… both. I believe in you, come and join me, the view is amazing.

Love and Respect always,

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“Clean As You Go” (poem / poetry)

When I put my foot down, it disturbs the dust,
I take a step forward and almost trip up,
It’s blocking my exit, I can’t get away,
I guess I must face and accept this decay.

For a long time now, I’ve acted oblivious,
Let problems pile up, now their scale is ridiculous,
They’ll be no more sweeping stuff under the rug,
From now on I’ll face things head on, and clean up.

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For those of you in the restaurant industry, you may well have already heard of the term that forms the title of this poem, for those of you who are not in the know, the method of the same name basically ensures that mess doesn’t build up, that they don’t run out of clean cooking implements, crockery or utensils, and that surfaces remain hygienic.

This process also bodes well in life, as I’m sure we’ve all had moments when our negligence in matters that required our attention, eventually made for a much harsher outcome, when we were finally left with no alternative but to address them.

If we all acknowledged and began to process things in the short term, such as our emotions; pending tasks; debt; bad habits that negatively impact on our health or loved ones; obstacles; ignorance; fear; foolish pride; and other harmful issues; this world would be a much better, more united and less turbulent place.

Here’s to being proactive; openminded; less judgemental and fearful; more open and honest; more loving; more understanding and compassionate… here’s to a brighter future for us all.

Love and Respect always,

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“Napalm Nights” (poem / poetry)

It’s so hot tonight, I can’t get to sleep,
I’m roasting, and there is like, no natural breeze,
The windows are open, the fan’s on too, honest,
But this humidity’s like a rainforest!

I’d love to sleep starkers on top of the bedding,
But someone might see me, which I’d be regretting,
It’s way too risky, I’ll just have to suffer,
Damn you Sunshine! …you’re lucky I love ya!

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Super hot and humid nights, pain in the bum… nuff said!

Love and Respect always,

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“Where You Please” (poem / poetry)

I envy you, Ambassador Leaf of One Tree,
As I stare out my window, you dance right past me,
Yes, you’re estranged from your humble beginnings,
Yet, it seems like your freedom and fun have no limits.

You have no guidelines, or conditions of passage,
Nobody treating you like you can’t manage,
I can join you briefly, if I’m exercising,
But I yearn to just travel, no reason, or timing.

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Can you remember when the World was your adventure oyster? When your travel opportunities were limited only by your free time, finances and other obligations… when you could choose to go and explore a continent, should you wish, making plans on the fly, if you chose to.

I have been lucky enough to visit many a destination on many a continent, so having a sense of the potential mysteries and wonders I have yet to explore, only serves to make our current restrictions in movement all the more frustrating for me. I long to be free to roam wherever and whenever I please, once again.

Who else is getting a bad case of “explorer’s twitch” right now, or is it just me?!

Also, which places do you recommend me and my family of six exploring, once we’re able to?

Love and Respect always,

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“Good Investment” (poem / poetry)

Thank you for telling me that I inspire you,

But don’t get it twisted, I have problems too,

Challenges I wrestle with every day,

Flaws and faults I try my best to embrace.

Nobody’s perfect, despite how they stand,

It’s about finding peace, the best way that you can,

Invest in accepting and loving yourself,

And when you’re in a good place, give others help.

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On the whole, we are worthy of much more than we give ourselves credit for, as we make comparisons with our view of others. Some of us mistake someone’s ego for their worth, and in contrast, their worth for ego.

We tend to undersell our own value initially, but once you start to unearth your inner truths and show yourself unconditional love and acceptance, things get interesting.

We become more insightful, compassionate and peaceful individuals, and this begins to unfold in our every day relationships and interactions, with us innately spreading good deeds and good vibes. This has a knock on effect in the lives of others too, and so it grows, and grows, and grows.

That sounds like a wonderful way to invest our time and efforts, to me!

Love and Respect always,

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