Nature’s Garden

A little older now
Quickly it seems the year’s moved along
Still I know not why, what, when, where or how
But each day I’m open to learning… keeping the mind as fresh as a new born’s

And as I reflect on challenges overcome and battles won
Never forgetting but instead expecting that there’ll be more to come

Will and determination abound with the drive to outperform
On a quest to conquer self – both ego and flesh form
In order to be better with age and truly experience growth

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Big Africa On Fire (Black All Street)

After he read about the Greenwood Massacre

He figured it was probably safer to build back in Africa

But upon arrival he quickly discovered

Many people in powerful positions engaged in schemes to plunder

And a large populace that in fact looked to the perpetrator for direction on economic development, social structure and culture

And just as the US National Guard had dropped bombs on Tulsa

To destroy black capital on account of unfounded and unproved claims that one black man – a humble shoeshiner

Had made physical contact with a white woman which was tantamount to Emmett Till’s alleged wolf-whistle

Similar absurdities he had observed and found the corruption inherent in the frameworks inherited from the colonizers

Realizations that shook him to the core

And yet despite it all he didn’t lose hope

Instead he found the courage to not only cope

But to be the extinguisher to the ember which had Little Africa on Fire


Progressive Movement

when critics give the short shrift to your hopes of making good on your gifts

when your treasure falls into the hands of one like Heinz Herzer
and where it rests is not the Luxor temple but the auction table
the essence of its cultural significance erased
and all that’s left is merely an artefact
highly priced but reaved of value
like a slave sold to the highest bidder for his frame not human attributes
or the displaced who in distress seek the promised land only to end up disconnected from their ancestral heritage

when the winds of wickedness work against your will so your wishes aren’t fulfilled
when the tide turns and the future seems bleak
when all such negative things in your present reality exist

make the effort to shift your perspective
be prepared to put in the work before you expect to flourish
change your beliefs to ones that will uplift your spirit
appreciate small gains and take pleasure in setting measures for the kind of success you hope to attain

take stock of losses with a view to mitigate them on your next endeavour
aim, stake your claim and take the gamble
for the game can only be won by those that dare to play

be more respectful but perhaps a little less humble
don’t expect gratitude but always demand what’s owed you
and accept that with achievement comes a new target
because progress is a movement with never-ending challenges


A Penning on Persistence

Diversification is indemnity against poor decisions
Typically when our flawed judgement leads to the pursuit of momentary convenience
Through avoidance to pay just wherewithal for certainty or confidence

Clarity of vision is reinforcement in times of despondence
When we dolour in difficulty without a dollar or patience
When faced with derailment from the course and obstacles test our persistence


If the sun never rises

volatility is a trader’s dream
and stability a worker’s hope
aspirations intertwined as threads of life it seems
but in reality not as strong as sisal rope

and while all have a role to play in the maze
between the entrance and the goal
many fall short and get lost in the parade
and only few come out on top
the rest adulate and praise
the so-called cream of the crop

some who go on to flaunt, vaunt and taunt
creating social spectacles no different to old radio sponsored dramas by makers of soap
starring influencers who themselves crave attention the most
and who at all costs will provoke just to get the masses to talk
actions that result from very little if any credible thought

so while most get caught up in the hoax
and expend resources on things they can’t afford
why not spend time learning the ropes
and figuring out how to monetise the delivery of value
a business model that insures against any loss
instead of chasing effete endorsements of the ephemeral sort

that way we might turn a profit like Mason Morfit
and experience the mind’s expansiveness by exploring our limitless potential
because only when we decide to thrive rather than simply let life pass us by
when we follow through on our goals each and every day
only then will we truly have lived our purpose
should the earth stop turning and the sun never rises


The Path to Universal Understanding

commitment calls for courage
and confidence carries one when time comes to turn the page

if children are brought up to exercise compassion
it’ll be a blessing and advantage when they come of age

a meagre bank balance and measly asset base can cause all kinds of discomfort and pangs
but a man that confronts challenges and constantly seeks solutions always stands to gain

to live life by the words of a sage without looking inward for truths to mysteries in question
is like finding temporary relief in self-deception

to learn from books prescribed through a system of education equips one for their chosen occupation
but to cultivate a habit of observing aspects of earthly existence is the path to universal understanding


Making Sense of the Quest for Success

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At the core of any quest
We discover a virtue called diligence
That quality so many greats confess
Has much to do with their success

So at the centre of self-interest should be self-development
That way our enrichment will not come at anyone’s expense
In fact, when we serve others by being our best
We earn their respect without a need to exert our influence

And yet, some still say at the mercy of favour you’ll find the fortunate
Those who pick the prospects and direct the work
But if one understands that nature is indiscriminate
And that what you think you manifest
All of a sudden one realises that the biggest impediment to progress is ultimately the mindset

Now turn your thought energy into the potent force which creates outcomes that elevate
And when setbacks beset – do not disintegrate
Instead, remember the old adage: what you give you get

And find your strength to find your worth
Because only from a challenge can ingenuity be birthed
Like the force created when an atom is split
Forming a much more potent energy than its material state