It’s easy to frown during lock-down

The glow of one warm thought is to me worth more than money.

Thomas Jefferson

Yoh, wassup guys! Glad you could join me today.

I know the corona-virus is still on the loose. But here in my country things hadn’t been as bad as they were elsewhere. We hadn’t had a confirmed Covid19 case for months. That was until the leaders here decided to ease up on lock-down measures. As a result, we ended up recording more cases in the months of July and August than in the combined months of March, April, May and June.

So now, after having received a taste of normalcy these last two months we will be reverting back to the restrictions of lock-down. In reply to this dismal news, I wrote today’s poem to inspire myself–and others–not to despair because all this will eventually end–hopefully soon cause I’m not looking forward to being cooped up at home for too long. (I heard talk of a cure floating around in the air, so I remain optimistic all this will be nothing but a bad memory soon.)

Anyways, let me stop babbling and allow you to continue in reading today’s poem.

I know it’s easy to on your face develop a frown
Because the city has been placed under a lock-down
For it’s densely populated and is thus the perfect stage
For the corona-virus to continue running rampage.

I know it’s easy for you to get a frown on your face
Simply because you cannot move freely from place to place
Less the corona virus catches you in its grip
So that to a quarantine facility you’ll need to take a trip.

I know it’s easy to on your face develop a frown
All because the city has been put under a lock-down.
But I ask that you not look down in despair or dismay
Because eventually this pandemic will pass us by.

For now, just stay at home with a smile on your face
Because at-least you can move freely around your space.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

The Poets Peace

A mental alchemist

When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Henry Ford

I am an Alchemist
But only figuratively because I know nothing of the ancient art of turning lead into gold.
I only know how to transmute my mental states from bad to good.

I am a mental alchemist
so I’m quite adept at changing the nature of my emotions.
You’ll most likely find me in the laboratory of my mind
toiling hard conducting experiments with thoughts
trying to see if they have the power to change my moods.

Yes they do!
They are the philosophers stone–the catalyst–
which I use to change the lead of my negative states
into the gold of positive states which enrich my experience of life
without being used up in the process.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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You are in control

Your mental and physical health come first. Everything else is secondary.

Zat Rana

Hello there friends.

It’s been a minute since I last updated my blog.

Perhaps you’ve been wondering if something is amiss?

Rest assured everything is just the way it’s supposed to be. I can’t complain about anything. My recent period of inactivity was just down to me taking a few days off to refocus my energies.

But I’m back now and we can resume our adventures through my imagination together. I’m glad you’ve been checking in even though I haven’t been doing so. You deserve an entry in my Gratitude Journal for you love and support.

Today’s poem is one I don’t want to foreshadow with a preview. I’d much rather you read it and give me your views about it in the comment section below.

I know that sometimes your emotions will get the better of you.

That anger may run away with you and win the race of emotional stability
And that sadness will surely lull you into feeling blue.

I know that jealousy can certainly cloud your vision of reality
And fear will definitely paralyze your thoughts, so you can’t think clear.

I know lust may lure you into the bedroom of doom and gloom
And that although bliss may make you feel as though nothing is amiss
Your anxiety will eventually come along to dismiss your bliss.

When this happens, do not pull your hair in despair
Instead know that you have the intellect to dare
To control your emotions so that they never
Ever get the better of you no matter what.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Thank you once again for checking in on me, and for reading a pensive poets piece. I wish you all the best.

Today you can start anew

You have to be lucky to be successful, but luck can be engineered.

Zat Rana

I know that today is a shadow of yesterday
And that you can’t help yourself from looking into the past
For it is the place where your memories forever last
The place from which you dig the contents of your story.
I know that today you’ll regret what happened yesterday
And that you can’t help yourself from reliving the past.
But I implore you to look at the moments that move fast
Past you through the lens that you can re-write your story
Anew starting today you can take away the worry
That tomorrow will bring with it a sad reality.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Desires have feelings too

Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.

Thomas Jefferson

Here I am
In your mind
Nothing but a desire
Something you want to acquire
Here I am
In your mind
Thinking, about you
Of how much I want you
Although I’m nothing but a desire
In your mind I want you
As much as you want me.

Here I am
In your fantasies
I’m everything you want
Your biggest desire
Right here, in your mind
Dreaming, about you
Wishing, you’ll find the energy
To make me manifest in reality
Because I can’t wait to have you
For I want you
As much as you want me.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Walking in nature

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.

Earl Nightingale

Don’t you just love it
when you’re walking, out in nature
And you begin to feel the breeze
blowing on your skin, cooling you down.
And you hear the sounds of singing birds
making you feel at ease.

Doesn’t it just bring you bliss
when each tree you see
is dancing with glee
and the flowers you smell
are all flourishing well.

It brings me joy
walking the path of life
for I get to taste the wonders
abundant in the universe.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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The color of our skin

Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.

Theodore N. Vail

Hi there guys. I’m happy you could join me today. Today’s poem was written to say goodbye to those views of old implemented in my country during the Apartheid Era. For those who don’t know, this was an era when romantic relationships between blacks and whites was shunned.

I’m lucky enough to be a born free. So I can fall in love with whomever I want, without risking the ire of my community. I feel for those who lived in that age of racial segregation and were forced not to follow their hearts if they ever did beat for someone of opposite color. This is why I chose to write this poem. It’s not long at all so your attention span shouldn’t stress.

The color of my skin
And that of your skin was not quite akin
So it’s no surprise your kin weren’t keen
on giving me your hand in marriage,
for apparently our love was a sin.

But together, we took a stand against them
And eventually they came to understand
That the love between me and you
Knows not anything about hue.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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