to gain the world’s applause is never easy
but to gain the approval of one’s own conscience
without reservation, is of even greater difficulty

so, seek first, satisfaction in self-approval
and no one can put a price on your self worth

let your own estimation be the measure of success
for if not, and you unwisely surround yourself with subservient sycophants
it’ll be short-lived, surely!

The Indomitable Determination of Donatus Do

His will could not be subdued
Even when faced with seemingly insurmountable obstacles
He never doubted that he was capable
And so utilized every tool at his disposal
For he knew discouragement was the greatest deterrent to the attainment of his goals

Success is the Dividend of Good Desire

property and influence you must acquire
but only after you perspire
so that humility, good intent and common sense
become the fabric of your character
and noble ambitions your burning desire


only from a particular viewpoint
formed on grounds of a theory
as a result of consistent reasoning
informed by observations of social realities
can facts be organised into systematic knowledge


All I wanted was to get ahead

Never meant to let you down
Or leave you behind

But since you feel misled
I hope someday soon
You’ll find peace of mind

Me on the other hand
Have learnt to live with no regrets

Besides, our experience
Was one of a kind
Maybe even heaven sent

And don’t forget
Planning is a function of knowing
So had I known
Life’s intent

Then maybe
Just maybe
I would have gone about things
A little different

Human Values Are Not What Humans Value?

the value of a tangible item
inheres in you
never in the object itself
unlike its dimensions, weight, or shape

also, two people faced with a decision
may choose different
based on the value they individually ascribe
to the outcome or consequence of that decision

however, all that is of lesser importance
than what the two ought or ought not to want
for only then can ethics be put into question
or will power come under examination

A Fragrant Affair

He said:
sweet scent of heaven
your elegant perspiration
not to mention
your sass
they’d think you
missus, hail from Grasse…

you are rare
teach me how to love and be gentle
without unsettling my natural flair

She said:
let’s have a toast... we must!
more camomile in the cups
and keep the oud burning
let’s celebrate this occasion

make merry
make no fuss!

Of Things Close & Far

take a distanced view of things near
and have the foresight to anticipate what’s on the horizon
as if it were already here

for even when your sight is weak
as long as your perception is strong
nothing will stop you from seeing clear