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Cowardly Courage

“Man has it all in his hands, and it all slips through his fingers from sheer cowardice.” Fyodor Dostoevsky

To be a coward,

One must:

Fear being changed,

Fear loving it,

Fear beauty,

Fear being hopeful,

Fear the inspirational,

Fear of being an individual,

Fear of being assertive,

Fear of being humane,

Fear of being disruptive,

Fear of being positive.

When all is locked in a chest,

How can you break its best

From solid bonds that need a rest?

Take pride in ‘you’, the ‘person’,

Have faith in yourself and press on,

Knowing that what’s right will live on!

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Identity

A poem read by Malak Kalmoni Chehab, from her poetry book, Perfectly Flawed.

Identity talks about my origins and how corruption reigns there after independence.

https://anchor.fm/malak-kalmoni/episodes/Identity-e1j4ghc

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Unfold

Life has many folds, twists, turns, and abysses,

We try to unfold and straighten the creases,

But it’s a delicate job, even hazardous, as The folds are hidden and need to become clear,

Straight, and easily seen, analyzed, and far

From misunderstandings and misgivings.

Is it a thing to need unfolding?

The simple answer is: ‘Yes, it absolutely needs doing!’

In this world, where there so many possibilities

For problems to unfurl, it is imperative to realize

That clarity in speech and actions aren’t always

Perceived as they are, but rather given a political,

Even social agitprops that have tendencies

To insite people into violent and intolerant behavioral

Activities, that help increase gaslighting’s imposing

Ideologies. They incur great wrath, aggressing

Against others’ rights, stripping them of dignity,

Pride, selfworth, even their humanity.

As humans, we need to untangle our ingrained

Stereotypes by humanizing each other, and accept

The difference the same way we accept

That siblings differ, though they come from

The same set of parents, gene pool, and environment.

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Always Been!!

Change, chaos, challenge, charm, chimp!

As I have always needed stability and certitude,

Life has thrown me many curve balls, making me limp

With the heavy burdens of life’s fortitude.

As I have always been a shy introvert, Life’s changes required me to get out of my comfort

Zone. I became a teacher, when that demanded

Being an extrovert, connecting wholly with my student.

As I have always been dirrect and honest,

It has given me trouble at home as well as at work.

I stood by my values, added some valuable insight

For my entourage and myself.

Learing from others

Is a necessity if you want to avoid falling into trouble.

It’s not demeaning to know you can grow and change,

Even if that means relying on others for help.

Being an introvert means, for me, that being among people

Is difficult, and commands all of my intellect

To be able to follow all the required social cues

And demands for certain behavior, responses,

Even patterns of speech. Implying great concentration

That taxes me emotionally as well as intellectually.

At times i feel like a chimp that is a horrendously

Mischievous creature that becomes nasty when

Imposed upon to be social while needing solitude..