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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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.

Dr.Seuss

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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Into The New Year

A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.

John Burroughs

I made it!
Into this resolution
I’ve seen my evolution
From problem to solution
Will i keep my resolution?
That is the question
Only time will answer.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Good day guys! Glad you could join me. I’m a bit pressed for time, so instead of writing something original I retrieved today’s poem from my old Instagram account.

I wrote this piece on the 1st day of last year–although I added the last line today–to commemorate my making it into the year.

I hope you enjoyed the read. If so, then don’t be shy to leave a like and perhaps a comment to let me know. I’d love to hear from you what you think about my poetry.

Once again, thanks for joining me and have yourself a fantastic Friday.

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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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

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Time is precious

Pain makes you stronger. Fear makes you braver.

Retrieved from the Motivation app

Hi there! Thanks for checking in today. I’m glad you’re here.

It’s been a while since I’ve written a villanelle. I’m a bit out of practice with the form but I hope you enjoy reading it.

I would rather have a million seconds to spend
Then to have a million dollars to waste.
Because time is precious, and it you can’t lend.

You can still borrow money from a friend
But no one will give you their time in haste
So I’d rather have a million seconds to spend.

‘Every second in my day I’ll defend’
This statement in my head I will paste
Because time is precious, for it you can’t lend.

The loss of any time I cannot afford
Because I’ve got dreams that need to flight take.
So I’d rather have a million seconds to spend.

Even with all the money in the world
When dead, one can’t buy the time to good food taste
‘Cause time is priceless, for it you can’t lend.

Given a choice between more time or more gold
It will take me only a few seconds to decide
That I’d rather have a million seconds to spend
Because time is precious, and it you can’t lend.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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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

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Promises

Apply what you learn. And learn from what you apply.

Lazarus Shatipamba

I love people, I do
So I always try to show them
That I love people, yes I do.

It’s why I went on a quest
To show them just how much I love them.


A quest where I ended up making promises
I promised to keep because I love people, yes I do.

But in my quest to keep those promises
I wound up breaking the promises
I made to myself.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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This poem was inspired by this post: https://meliorateblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/08/oblivion-road/

You are your own hero

Don’t wait to be rescued. Save yourself.

Lazarus Shatipamba

So I see that you are
waiting, waiting, waiting
for a gallant knight and shining armor
to come and rescue you.

You are waiting, waiting,
waiting impatiently
for a hero with no cape on
to come and save you
from between the jaws of a lion
and the claws of a tiger.

I see you’ve been waiting and waiting
for someone who will come to your aid.
But I tell you ‘they will never come’
for you are not a victim.

You are your own hero
You’ve got the cape, to fly, to escape
From whatever situation you find yourself in.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Life is like the weather

Learn to weather all the seasons of your life. If you’re happy be grateful; if you’re not be thankful it will not last forever.

Lazarus Shatipamba

Life is like the weather

Sometimes its summer
and the sun shines its light
and all things radiate their warmth.

But life is like the weather
and so autumn will definitely fall
upon us. Trees will start to shed their leaves
and temperatures will begin to drop
because life is so like the weather.

So autumn eventually shifts to winter
when its so bitter cold outside
that you don’t even want to wake and get up
out of bed to face the day.

But thank goodness
life is like the weather
and that no matter how bitter the winter
may be there will forever follow a spring
in which joy will bloom like a flower in our hearts.

© Lazarus Shatipamba 2020

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Good day guys, I hope you’re all having as good a day as I’m having. Hopefully the Monday blues have not sunk their teeth into you.

Today’s poem owes it’s inception from a post I read on Sobia’s blog (https://sobiajamshed.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/nature-is-the-best-teacher/). I only just recently started following her blog, but so far I found it nothing but inspiring.

Go see for yourself if you don’t believe me