Freedom Day

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It was 1994,
in lines we stood.
We voted for freedom
and it was good.

Oh, happy day
of celebration.
Our hearts united
in jubilation!

Nelson Mandela
Father of our nation
He brokered peace
it was our salvation.

Remember his legacy
keep his dream alive.
Care for the poor
and let *Ubuntu thrive.

*One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our inter-connectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.

We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
Desmond Tutu

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Happiness

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
Oprah Winfrey

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Happiness is swimming
in a warm ocean.
It’s a stroll on the wild side,
a loved one’s devotion.

It’s a fragrant forest,
the moon in full glow.
Life’s resonant praise
and letting it flow.

Sometimes it’s elusive
and hides in the dark.
Other times it awakens
with songs of the lark.

Happiness weaves into
the fabric of life,
the sharing of kindness and
contentment inside.

Its breath sustains us
till next time it visits.
Timeless laughter,
moments of no limit.

Mostly we try to hold it
and keep it in full view,
despite seasons of sorrow
it leaves residues.

Happiness sprinkles
into the cosmos of time.
It’s a constant remembrance,
of an eternal Divine.

©2017

A Soliloquy

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“I celebrated your joy, I promise, I did.
While into darkness, my afflictions slid.
Through pain and tears I heard applause.
I gleaned the cheers, I read the scores.
I glimpsed delight with visceral sight.
In my mind’s eye it still alights.
I’m sorry, so sorry for my shame.
I really am, let me try again?
If only I’d supped that warm embrace,
just for a moment, a sublime place!
In misery I’ve been submerged.
Stolen joy where despair converged.
Shame is more deadly than death.
Its venom steals my very breath.
I’m going beyond the outer edges
to acquire my own forgiving lenses.
When I emerge I pray I’ll  be free.
Somewhere, somehow, it’s my decree!”

©2017