Sunday, 22 June 2014

Sickle Cell Disorder...Nipping it in the bud

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June 19 is the day set aside to annually raise awareness about sickle cell disorder globally, not dedicating a post to this disease would be doing myself and others that could benefit a great disservice..really.

This is actually belated as I was supposed to do this on the 19th but could not for one or two reasons so here we go.

I previously wrote about my struggles with the disorder in this post and a few months after that post, I lost a niece to the complications of SCD. So sad to be dealt such a cruel hand but that's life. Hardly fair all the time.

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Saturday, 21 June 2014

All They Want...#BringBackOurGirls

Gordon Brown was shown these pictures after visiting Nigeria this week. He met the leader of the community council in Chibok, the town from which the girls were abducted. Slowly and with tears in his eyes, he flicked through a file in which he had recorded the names and photographs of the girlsThe file has 185 pages - one for every girl. Each page has a photograph, and beside each passport-sized picture some stark facts - the girl's name, her school grade and the date of abduction

All they want
Is the right to life, dignity and education
To live freely, walk freely and learn freely
In a world that would bestow upon them respect

All they want
Is to bloom in the garden of life
Flourishing like palm trees lacking naught
In a world that would water their roots with love

All they want
Is to glisten like the morning dew
Wetting the feet of early risers with love
In a world that would support honest and hard work

All they want
Is to sit within the four walls of knowledge
Shaping their paths like their luckier folks in the west
In a world that would respect and support their vision

All they want
Is to laugh with abandon under the clear sky
Infecting all around with their zest for life
In a world that would embrace their gaeity

All they want
Is to feel the warmth of their mothers' embraces
Shielding from the coldness of the elements
In a world that would protect their smiles with grace

All they want
Is to live without fear in their abodes
Surrounded by familiar and friendly faces and tongue
In a world that would soon turn against them

All they get
Is aborted dreams and visions
Encamped cruelly in a land far from accustomed comfort
In a world that has failed to stand up for them.

For our Chibok girls who have been brutally forced to become women within a spate of 2 months.

Has the world forgotten these beautiful faces so soon?
I dare to hope not.

Let's keep calling with whatever voices we can muster,upon the powers that be to PLEASE do everything to #BringbackOurGirls. Soon too.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Coca Cola & You

If you've been around long enough to read this post , then you would understand why I like drinking water a lot. However, I have not been able to resist the urge of taking Coca Cola at least once in a week until a friend sent me the article pasted hereafter.

This is not a smear campaign in any way as I have nothing to profit from running this great brand down, but if it has to do with health, then it's pretty serious and should be handled with gravity. Plus the things I read made my intestines coil...pun intended.

Seeing how much I love every one of you, I've decided to share this in my magnanimity. I'm veeery nice, right?

Please be my guest. 

Is this proof that Coke does not belong in you?


Coke is the most valuable brand in history, and “Coca-Cola” is the world’s second-most recognized word after “hello.” However, the beverage itself is an absolute poison to the human metabolism. (I don't know about this one o)

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

The girl I left behind

As I wipe my brow and plonk down ruminating
The many ways to accomplish the many tasks ahead
The door flew open and in waltzed a stranger panting
A very familiar pretty young face to behold
Have we by any chance met somewhere?

The lines of her face much resembled mine
Her nose, cheekbones and the turn of the mouth
Much like mine though her garbs speak of another clime
Her physique quite like mine turned south
Now I am sure I've met her before.

She sits uninvited opposite me, 
This familiar stranger regarding me with accusing eyes
As she silently sends her queries to my mind so dim
And for a brief moment, we are united albeit still shy
Our bodies are two, yet become one in mind

She asks, what had become of the lofty dreams?
The fantasies we wove together in glee?
Contemplating as I gaze upwards at the bright beams
What does this stranger want from me now I am free?
Many questions dancing on the tips of her lips

She continues, what had become of all the academic plans?
Have the zillion business plans blown away by the wind of time?
The skills acquisition programs and book writing projects finally sealed in cans?
What about the planned holidays carefully thought out in our prime?
She continues to regard me sadly, this familiar stranger.

I have no choice than to nod silently in agreement
The many deserved accusations are well a result of my slack
The silent condemnations still flowing as she becomes vehement
All well soaked up as we sit silently communing in the dark
Then I gently rise beckoning to her to come with me

To where the little wonders reclined, we go
There they are, squealing in front of the TV oblivious of all
Now comes my turn to explain as I point wistfully so
And announced silently to this familiar stranger soft like a doll
Though they are on loan to me but these are my accomplishments, my laurels.

My sunshine and cheerleaders worth more than gold
My sweet clan, the very essence of my being
For them dreams and aspirations have been put on hold
For to shape, guide, nurture and preen
And fulfill the divine mandate, lofty plans for them must be tuned low

Sacrifices must be made, wrapped with love
In full acceptance of what was, what is and what will be
Till a time they can stand tall, walk unaided and fly like a dove
In a world they are being trained to make their own
A time when all would be done with and acknowledged

She looks back at me, this familiar stranger like a kin
Tears coursing silently down her cheeks
Forging a dewy path down her clear youthful skin
And she nods in gratitude, all angers forgone as we speak
As full comprehension dawns on her that dreams put on hold are not aborted

Finally, she silently waltzed out as she came in,
Eyes still bright with unshed tears and new realization
And a heart with love and gratitude therein
The girl I left behind
Just met the woman I have become.

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Saturday, 7 June 2014

Just Thankful

So I had another post entirely lined up for today but just had to change directions.

Have you ever come close to death before? I mean stare down the deep dark abyss and bounce back?

How did you feel? Jitters? Shivers? Shitty?

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I Wish


I wish
That wars and rumors of wars would cease
That every nation would down war tools
That our hearts and lives would know peace
That every being would live by the rules

I wish
That an end would come to vanity
That every heart would habour no thought impure
That every mean soul would regain sanity
That our heartlessness would find lasting cure

I wish
That an end would come to general fear
That our lives would be worthy of care
That everyone would live in good cheer
That lasting peace would permeate the air

I wish
That every child in the world would be secure
That they would walk freely, laugh freely and live freely
That their young hearts would nobody darkly lure 
That the promise of peace would turn to reality ideally

I wish
That every unlawful captive would enjoy sweet release
That peace, love and harmony the world over increase
That our humanity would by no means reduce
That in every nation would reign peace.

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Sunday, 1 June 2014

Happy New June.

This new month,

Just like the Eagle, you'll soar
Your success will resound like the lion's roar

Just like the palm tree, you will flourish
Truth and righteousness, you shall nourish

Forget the failures of the past, for you, no more pain
And upon you and yours will abundant blessings rain

May you be strengthened in body, soul and spirit
May your paths be clear; the riches of the gentiles may you inherit

New insights for new conquests shall you receive
New pathways for new successes shall you conceive

For you, this new month shall bring undeserved promotions
You shall receive in all your ways deserved elevations

May you be blessed with clear vision to accomplish your goals
May sorrow and pains be far from your abode, there shall be no reason to console

May each day be blessed with enough reasons to celebrate
From your abode, may sounds of resounding joy continue to emanate

Happy new June, lovely people...I.LOVE.YOU.