Be strong in the face of temptations

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

Pablo Picasso

There is a passage from the pages of the past–in the bible, in the forth chapter of the book of Matthew–that tells a most inspiring story, of how the devil sought to tempt Jesus into taking the path that leads straight to hell.

The temptation came at the ripe time, as Jesus–after fasting for forty days and forty nights–was probably at his weakest. But even though Jesus was not at his strongest, the devils endeavors at tempting Jesus can be likened to those of a fool flapping their arms so they can fly, utterly and uselessly fruitless.

Whether you’re a God-fearing Christian who never misses church or not, I think you will find golden nuggets of value in this tale if you but look at it closely.

To me the story is a metaphor for life that serves as motivation for me not to let myself be derailed by distractions when I set my mind to achieving something.

With social media a tap of the finger away, and app notifications but a beep away, we live in a world were there are distractions at every corner, so it’s not easy to focus our attention on one thing.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ll unlock my phone with the intent of responding to a text, but instead I’ll find myself seven videos deep into Jason Silva’s Shots of Awe. Now, there’s certainly no problem in watching Jason Silva’s inspiring videos, what’s amiss is that I was supposed to be replying to a text and I let myself get sidetracked.

I know I lack the level of spiritual strength possessed by the Son of God, so I’ll probably come undone here and there, but I will do my best to be strong and not let myself be seduced into straying from the path of my purpose.

What of you?

Will you do like Jesus and be strong in the face of temptations?

Or will you give into your weakness and let yourself be swayed from the path you were on by distractions?

Don’t be shy to let me know in the comment section below, I’ll be elated to hear from you.

Spread your wings and fly

The world doesn’t need more noise. Don’t complain. Set an example.

Zat Rana

Oh child! why don’t you spread your wings and fly?
I know you dream of it every night
in bed. So spread your wings why don’t you try
and see if you will fly to meet the sky?

Are you scared perhaps?
of flailing, failing and falling
to your doom?

Oh child! who wants so badly to meet the sky
but face your fears you will not even try.

Why don’t you just spread your wings
and take flight to pursue your plight?

I know the world never taught you
how to use your wings
much less that you’re a bird.

But I’m sure that deep down you know how
to spread your wings and fly
oh child! who is always staring at the sky.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

The Poets Peace

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

The Poets Peace

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

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

The Poets Peace

Be Kind and fair

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Dr. Seuss

Be kind and fair
To those who despair
Show them you care
Even when they stare
Daggers behind your back
Be kind and be fair
Dare to show them you care
Even when they do declare
”Be kind and fair, elsewhere.”

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

The Poets Peace

Like the waves

If you want to change your reality then gear your thinking and speaking towards positivity.

Lazarus Shatipamba

As sure as the waves
come crashing onto the shore
depositing sediments
to construct a beach.

So did you
come into my life,
and like a wave you built me up.

Constructive not destructive
you deposited your positivity
and washed away my negativity.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

The Poets Peace


Don’t blame a clown for being a clown, blame yourself for going to the circus.


the master of my mind
the lord of my life
controller of my consciousness
the wizard of my will
and the tyrant of my thoughts

not a slave to my emotions
I can free myself from glee
and use my skill to kill
the fear that oppresses me.

I am
an attractor of abundance
a gardener of gratitude
an alchemist of attitude
and a neutralizer of negativity.

I can polarize my personality
in the pole of positivity.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

The Poets Peace