Give Me Love

Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Arthur Ashe

Give me love
And you’ll be sure
Not to receive hate.

Give me love
And I’ll make sure
Not to give you hate.

Give me love
And I’ll be sure
To give you love.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

The Poets Peace

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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My Mortality

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.


My mortality makes me melancholy

The fact that I will one day succumb
to the tug of my tomb wanting me in its womb
fills me with dread I’m sure you can comprehend.

My mortality makes me melancholy
because even though I’ve conquered the skies
I’ll still end up on the plate of a worm,
nothing but a memory in the minds of those who love me.

My mortality makes me melancholy
But only subjectively, because objectively
My mortality brings me closer to immortality.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Don’t disrespect another person’s hustle

For the world to put you down, it first needs you to give it permission.

Zat Rana

Never disrespect another person’s hustle
As long as it doesn’t make anyone in pain scowl
Do not disrespect another man’s hustle
For it is how they put rice in their bowl.

Never disrespect another man’s hustle
As long as it does not do anyone foul
Do not disrespect another person’s hustle
For it’s how they make sure their stomach doesn’t growl.

Never disrespect another person’s hustle
Just cause they have not a big office to prowl
Does not mean you should disrespect their hustle
For their hustle is what put some of us through school.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Tell me

You need to overcome the tug of people against you as you reach for high goals.

George S. Patton

Tell me, how can my favorite cuisine
Bring me bliss after kissing your sweet lips?

Tell me, if I’ll still want to eat my favorite meal
After tasting those succulent lips of yours.

Tell me, if after laughing at your jokes
I will still find other things funny

Or if everything that doesn’t involve you
Will simply bring me doom and gloom.

Tell me, that I’ll still find bird-song pleasing
Even after listening to your mesmerizing voice.

Tell me, that the sunset shall remain resplendent
Even after I’ve gazed into your eyes and set sights upon your bright smile.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Slow and Steady

Life before death, strength before weakness, journey before destination.

Brandon Sanderson – The Storm-light Archives, The Way of Kings

Slow and steady
wins the race every time.
It may not come first
but slow and steady
always emerges victorious
for fast and furious
even though it may not come last
is so fleeting you’ll end up forgetting
the moments which led to you coming first.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Don’t cry

The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

Vince Lombardi

Oh! my love
please don’t cry, cry, cry
when I die, die, die

Try to say goodbye
without shedding any tears

Please, please don’t cry
just dry your eyes
and quiet your cries.

Be happy that i am free
from the suffering of life.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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