Longing a Love Long Lost

Live with your whole being everyday of your life. Your reward will be true happiness. Rebecca Thomas Shane

Lightheaded and heavyhearted-

Like a sad dried up river in the desert.
Longing for the rains of your love not hate
That showers on the cracks of my mood
To leave me flowing in a blissful state.

Feeling faint from the thirst my heart has-
To be quenched by standing tall next to you,
So I don’t fall for you stall my weakness
And shine a light on the strength-
Hidden in the shadow of tomorrow
In who’s wake their sleeps no sorrow.

I am moments away from collapsing-
To the floor, for no longer are you here
To support me like strong Atlas holding
Upright the earth, from gravitating towards death.

Lightheaded and heavyhearted.
Feeling faint from the thirst my heart has,
I am moments away from collapsing-
To the floor for my will to stay alive
Has been torn to shreds by the claws
On the paws of your death.

© 2019 The Poets Peace

Sunshine Blogger Award

Greetings everyone! I am absolutely delighted to share with you guys the news that i have been nominated for my very first Sunshine Blogger Award.

I am deeply thrilled to know that there are people out there that find seeds of value growing in my poetry and prose.

My gratitude goes out to Lairai for nominating me. She’s a talented poet and a very skillful writer, so please do check out her blog (link below).

https://lairaiwrites.wordpress.com/

The Sunshine Blogger Award is peer recognition for bloggers who inspire, are creative and spread positivity.

Rules for the Award

1.Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their blog.

2.Answer the 11 questions you have been asked.

3.Nominate 11 bloggers and ask them 11 questions.

4.Inform your nominees through commenting on their post.

5.Display the rules and the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post.

So here are Lairai’s questions to me.

1.How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

An extroverted introvert that likes to ponder poetry(beauty).

2.What is your favourite novel and why?

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson.

I’m an avid fantasy reader and this novel stems from my favorite series in the genre, The Stormlight Archives.

I love it because Kaladin, the main protagonist in it, has a character that i feel resonates with my own.

I love it because the world is cruel yet the people in it are strong.

Also, it has an interesting magic system that i think is quite unique.

3. Share any quotation close to your heart.

I think therefore i am.

4. Do you believe in Life-after-Death?Why or why not?

This is a tricky one. Do i believe that i will live on after i die?

The thought of believing otherwise scares me to death, so i choose to believe that life will go on after the breath leaves my body, and my bones have turned to dust.

Perhaps i will reincarnate as a kangaroo from the local city zoo.

Perhaps death is but the evolution of a person into a higher lifeform? I certainly like to think so.

5. Do you believe there is a higher purpose to our existence as humans?

Yes! I believe firmly in the fact that there is a higher purpose to our existence, because believing otherwise would not be wise.

Perhaps it is arrogrant of me to think so. But why else do we have a burning (collective) desire to grow and traverse limits?

Why do we strive for perfection, if there is no meaning to our being.

I believe the universe is an intelligent being that made us for a reason.

6. What is the one thing you would definitely like to do before you die?

I’d love to do many things before i die. I’d love to fall madly in love, to publish plenty books, build businesses etc.

But if i don’t do anything else, travelling the world would be my biggest aspiration.

I have extreme pride and love for my country but i’d love to get the chance to fall in love with the world. To see new sites, eat different foods, experience different cultures. (And make love to foreign beauties).

7. What brings you the utmost joy?

Having a good time.

Sometimes i like to have a good time with my friends(loved ones). At times like these i get a feeling of joy from conversing with them. Getting to know them better.

Sometimes I like to have a good time on my own. Simply enjoying my own company, getting to know myself better.

8. How do you deal with things not going your way?

Whenever things don’t go my way, i console myself by affirming that everything happens for a reason, that if it didn’t happen, it wasn’t meant to be.

I prefer to accept that things did not go my way rather than wallow in negativity.

9. What’s your favourite band?

My favorite band would be those guys that like to play cold music, Coldplay. I like the guys that smoke chains(The Chainsmokers) and Maroon 5 as well but i could listen to Coldplay all day, everyday.

10.Share any song close to your heart.

This is a song by a real good friend of mine, some would say he is my brother, from another mother.

I love this song for the message it spreads is one shrouded in positivity. Mainly to follow your dreams no matter what.

11.If you were given an opportunity to resurrect any historical figure for a day, whom would it be and why?

Given the opportunity, i would bring back to life the famous explorer, Marco Polo.

As an aspiring explorer of the space beyond my place of rest, i would be extremely thrilled to share a voyage with the renowned explorer.

My nominees for the Sunshine Blogger Award are:

1. Luna- lunatheblog.com

2. Ddateable- debatablydateble.com

3. Lize Bard- wandererhaiku.wordpress.com

4. Midwest Fantasy- godoggocafe.com

5. Kayla Cantrell- kaylathepoet.wordpress.com

6. The Klog- theknowledgelog.blog

7. Salman Wani- noorvoice.blog

8. Yassy- yassy66.wordpress.com

9. Jason Muckley- poemsforwarriors.wordpress.com

10. Priyamvada- norulesforthisgame.wordpress.com

11. Shreya Vikram- themidnightember.wordpress.com

My questions for the nominees are:

1.How would you describe yourself in three words?

2.What is your favourite novel and why?

3. What is the craziest thing you have ever done?

4. What is your favourite pastime?

5. Do you believe there is a higher purpose to our existence as humans?

6. What is the one thing you would definitely like to do before you die?

7. What has been the highlight of your life so far?

8. What is your method for dealing with disappointment?

9. What’s your favourite movie and why?

10.Share any song close to your heart.

11. Why did you start blogging?

Alright then, have yourself a splendid day!

Sammy Smart kid

The teacher may open the door for you but you have to walk through it.

Always in the library to read,
Always smiling Sam was a smart kid.
Second in his school so he was no fool,
Tests proved he could use his brain for a tool.

Sam always smiled when he went to school,
Because he thought that books are really cool.
His teachers said he learnt really fast,
And that to leave class, he was always last.

Sam was so smart he only ever failed one test.
Which is why he was the smartest kid in school,
For seven years straight before Sven came along.
And he became the second smartest in the school.

Sven. Who some said could not count from one to ten.
Was the most foolish kid at his last school.
For he never ever passed a single test.

my TV

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.

Winston Churchill

My TV
still smells fresh
as a newly bought car.

Yet,
it sounds
like a dying man
groaning with every breath.

As for how it tastes,
lets just say the ocean
has more flavor then my TV.

Well,
at least it looks shiny
as a polished picture frame.

And feels
sleek and smooth
as my ex-girlfriend's bottom.

© 2020 The Poets Peace

a Poet

Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.

Albert Einstein

like a child with a toy in his hand
i'm a poet with a pen in his hand.

i bring my poetic devices to play.
no matter what the masses might say
i tell my similes to crack a smile
and my metaphors to walk a mile

in the shoes of personification.
so as to bring about satisfaction
in people, whilst also seeking perfection.

i let my rhymes form a scheme
that will go up against any team-
the best among the rest, yet still win.

i ask my assonance to develop a conscience
and tell my consonance to use its common sense

when trying to decipher how to form
a bond with the lady that reiterates
attention to alliteration that fades
to silence like the sound before a storm.

© 2019 The Poets Peace

Back In Action

Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.

Ray Kroc

Hey guys, its been two long weeks since last i updated my blog and its irked me a plenty being away from you guys for fourteen long days. Only my heart will ever know the magnitude of my missing you.

Though i hated doing it, it felt right to take a short break to regather my thoughts and to re-focus my mindset as a friend once advised me to always take short recovery breaks after working hard, which is something my pen will willingly testify to.

God knows i needed the rest, after wielding the powers of creativity in the form of penning a poem or more everyday, i was headed for a path of stumbling and falling over in the street as a consequence of exhaustion. Only a poet knows the toll it takes on their mind and body sacrificing a piece of their sanity to write poetry on a consistent basis.

I was gonna go completely crazy if i didn’t put my pen down sooner. But i’m back now and i’m glad to have taken a break as i’m back with a fresh, empty canvas just waiting in anticipation to be painted on with the beautiful message of love and peace.

I want to take the time to thank you for not deciding to unfollow me during the time i was away. In fact, thanks a lot for getting me to the 100 follower mark. You’re the best.

Home Sweet Home

I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.

Charlotte Bronte

“Today Africa has emerged from its dark passage. Our Armageddon is past. Africa has been reborn as a free continent and Africans have been reborn as free men. Today, we look to the future calmly, confidently and courageously. We look at the vision of an Africa not merely free but united.”

These were the words spoken by the legendary Haile Selassie 1 on the 25th of May 1963, the day on which the Organisation of African Unity was founded.

Fast forward 50 years into the future, and the Organization’s vision of a free Africa has not yet been achieved; as like a leaking tap, many African citizens are still busy trickling out of the continent in search of greener pastures elsewhere.

Nearly 6 million people have left Africa between the years of 1960 and 2000. Many of whom chose to leave because the standard of living in Africa is just too low. This mass migration is largely due to the wars and countless conflicts that are running rife on the continent.

As a result of worrying statistics like 35 000 people dying in 2014 alone, many Africans no longer feel safe. They then decide to leave the continent in order to preserve their lives.

A large portion of the population that left Africa, left because they were searching for better employment opportunities as its really difficult to get a job here in Africa. And if you do get a job, then most likely it doesn’t pay you enough to live a decent life.

The situation is so dire that even i know a few individuals that have University Degrees, yet have somehow failed to find employment.

It is evident that many Africans leave because they no longer have faith in their Governments ability to have their best interests at heart, so they choose to move to places like Europe and the Americas. With statistics showing six out of the top ten most corrupt countries in the world to be in Africa, does this really come as a surprise?

When skilled individuals leave an area, it creates a ‘Brain drain’ in that specific area as there will be few or very little skilled people left. With many countries on the continent experiencing low levels of economic growth, we can no longer afford to let our citizens move abroad without a fight.

In order to stop or at least decrease the large numbers of people moving out of Africa, you as African leaders are going to need to work together to create more jobs for our people. Jobs that actually pay them enough to live comfortably.

Also, you are going to have to boot out leaders among your ranks that threaten the well being of African citizens. You are going to have to put leaders in power that have the best interests of African citizens at heart as well as those that have shown a high level of responsibility and accountability towards their actions.

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you that life on the African continent is very, very hard. Our leaders are corrupt, there’s conflict everywhere and the’re limited job opportunities for our people.

As a result, many of our fellow brothers and sisters have chosen to leave our beloved home behind. I cant imagine how heartbreaking that must be for them, which is why i would like to kindly ask if you, the leaders of Africa; can decide to endeavor to make Africa a place were all Africans can live prosperously, and not have to be forced to leave their home behind.

……………………………………………………

This was a challenging challenge. Speaking to a room full of African leaders has never been a cup of cake for anyone. Much less for me that has never been in a room with even one political leader.

The Fantastic Five

Hope never abandons you, you abandon it

George Weinberg

I am so glad for today’s challenge, for it has granted me the power to talk about my hero’s at length.

Behold the mighty men and woman without capes that have swooped into my life and rescued my inspiration from between the mighty jaws of depression.

5. Steve Biko the Father of Black Consciousness

steve biko
Steve Biko

One among leaders of the Black Consciousness Movement
he was a proud anti-apartheid activist
that worked towards the psychological empowerment
of all the beautiful black people.

At first, he studied law then changed to study medicine
so he could heal the wounds his fellow blacks
suffered at the cruelty of the white mans hands.

Eventually, they had to turn him into a martyr
by brutally beating him to death
for when his reputation grew higher and higher
it threatened to leave apartheid out of breath.

4. Marcus Garvey

Born in Jamaica as Marcus Mosiah Garvey Junior
he grew to become a journalist and a publisher
as well as an activist against white supremacism
by growing his philosophy and ideas of Garveyism.

Also, he promoted the concept of African Unity
by encouraging black freedom from a white ruled society.
Furthermore, he greatly influenced the growth of Rastafarianism
as well as a general rise in Pan-Africanism.

3. Ashwyn Mberi

Ashwyn Mberi
Zimbabwean born, Namibian Actor and Poet
that's always seeking to promote art
inspires me for he has changed my mood
that i should always use my poetry for good

So as to try and make the world a better
place, by speaking about the things that matter.

He inspires me because he brings people together
by providing platforms for them to speak
freely about the things that make them weak
so that they can help one another to grow stronger.

2. Sanna Arman

Sanna Arman
 The only Sudan born blogger and performing poetess
to have strolled into my heart not because of the dress
she wore to accentuate her curves, but because of the words
she writes that provoke thoughts on the issues facing Africans.

A firm believer in the reclamation of the African narrative
as well as the telling of African stories by Africans
her writing is what some sages would dub impressive
for my imagination, after listening to her, always awakens.

  1. Mark Mushiva the Black Narcissist
Mark Mushiva
Namibian tech geek and poet with many a conscious lyric
about black folks every time he's on the mic,
inspires me to always follow my dreams
as he himself followed his dream of making games.

Member of the award-winning Black Vulcanite
he aims to bring the ills suffered by blacks out of the night
by introducing them to the light of what feels right
whenever his pen bleeds because he sat down to write.

What i admire most about him is the fire
of his love for Africa burning in his chest
as well as his deeply rooted desire to inspire
through his god given talent of poetic craft.