Spiritual Transcendence: A Letter To The Self

I wrote this in September 2019. I have come a long way since writing this. Some of my beliefs and values have changed but for the most part, a lot remains intact except this crazy ridiculous belief that to be a true artist I have to starve and suffer. I no longer come from that…

Is Happiness The Result, Absence or Acceptance Of Suffering?

Eckhart Tolle in A New Earth says, “Love, joy, and peace are deep states of Being, or rather three aspects of the state of inner connectedness with Being. As such, they have no opposite. This is because they arise from beyond the mind. Emotions, on the other hand, being part of the dualistic mind, are…

Dear Night, There’s Nothing Quiet About You

Ease my weariness oh dear nightTake away all that stayed from light.Are there words a poet can now strewTo explain the day’s toil in full?The restlessness that still escorts? Even in my dreams does he court.Dear night with your euphonious tunesSpare me the dark and all its hues.I ask, knowing still upon meLies the action…

The Fate Of An Oleander Garden

Stand down, here’s a shot of whiskey. Don’t go treading into the mud like that.Heart’s weary, restless and wanting, Every other thing except what it has. One wakes and prays for gold, crumb and cakeForgetting of the bread he chooses nowAnd how to another that choice is nullYour crumb, his cake and the next, his…

Where Are We As Humanity Going? Surely? Seriously? Honestly?

We live in a world where the poor man’s tongue is cut, where a woman cannot sit comfortably among men alone, where a black man can only feel safe among other black men, where children have been taught the race game, and men the shame game because boys will be boys, innit? We live in…

The Dust And Silver Lining Of Coronavirus

The ruckus caused by the pandemic begs for a cathartic sort of expression that seems, even now in isolation, to escape most of us. How this is possible with all the free time we have, I do not know. However, this, I understand; it is coming. Our paradigm of essential needs, wealth and happiness is…

The Difference In Chasing ‘Different’

Similar things work differently in different circumstances, just as different things work differently in similar conditions. The difference is always in the difference, and my apologies for overusing a brilliant word such as different! For who and what has never aspired to be it? The exceptional? We look for ‘the one’ and seek to be…