I ALSO MET HIM

By Christopher Loti (Mzuzu University-Malawi)

 

I hear your whys and I will answer your questions,

The voice of the omniscient in galaxies said to me in person,

The voice surmounted my senses like an earth tremor,

My body gathered tension.

 

The battle of the mind, bilabials ignored,

Used, reused, bruised and refused,

Entangled in bush, trees and the weeds,

I went to seashore and fell on my knees.

 

Inside the time of desperation for need,

Came out but a genuine plea.

The water turned to glass,

My WHYS were about to be answered.

 

I was frail and exhausted, never protected,

Bones couldn’t hold my flesh, marrows infected.

 

I found no strength to stand,

Falling forward was clinching sand.

The battle of the mind was not yet over,

For quite some time I gazed in water.

To my surprise, the reflection was of my father.

 

I hear your knocks and I will open the door,

The method will be simple but diabolical,

So my son, rejoice as you fell to your knees after hearing the call.

 

The sand you clinch will never stay,

But things of the world will keep you astray.

 

Take that rock into your hands and throw it when I command

My arm goes back vacillating and Jesus shouts “please let it go!”

With grace consumption and navigating slow,

 

I keenly watch this rock come to a stop,

Suddenly it begins to drop.

 

Descending fast and harvesting kinetic energy,

 I look back down to see your face,

“Phwaa!” into the water and echoes the splashes it dances.

Ripples are abundant and shatter the glass.

 

Jesus began teaching me

 

The rock is the world you have cast,

The ripples rolling in are its sin and you are there representing them.

For now you can no longer see my reflection,

‘A path of choice has led to you the heavens’ Jesus said.

Back home my life completely changed.

I met Him.

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EMOTIONAL CRUNCH

By Christopher Loti- Mzuzu University-Malawi

 

This crunch surely will crush my mind

I look forward, backwards and sideways but no sign of light

My friends say wait until the sun shines bright

My left and right hemispheres are at the brink of a crunch

Soon emotions will crush

 

The whirling in my stomach and whistling in my brain

Is the vision and fear I can’t explain

If it happens to you one day, try to refrain

If it beckons you one day, please abstain

For you have seen me in this  emotional chain

 

I am just a little girl aged thirteen

But my womb has already lost its natural scent

Something inside my womb is shaking

 

What about my school?

If my father will know I will be a fool

Soon my emotions will crush

 

Omo detergent will only kill this foetus

Sulphuric acid will kill us both

I choose the latter

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BROKEN WING

Shattered glasses littered the floor,

The physical battle was on the roll.

Some argue, that man was wrong

Feeling depressed, we begin to talk

 

No human rights activist was there to uphold her rights,

In screams of grief he continually held her tight.

 

In my mind I imagined,

That what she felt wasn’t shared.

 

The cruel bunch of soft tissues in between his legs torn her apart,

Screaming and screaming but no help for her that night.

 

He broke her tender, loving, caring, kind, gentle heart,

In that illicit and surprise attack.

 

He bruised her beautifully, gorgeously, charmingly made face,

He hit her hard in more than one place.

Very hard in one place

One place

Pleshhhhh Listen!

 

I heard her screams through the wall,

I imagined the one above her cared nothing at all.

That wonderfully weaved hair lying on the bloody floor.

 

I imagined her wings breaking in discomfort,

She cannot fly anymore that I thought,

Her wings were broken,

The gown of purity from now rotten,

No longer a virgin, nature broken.

 

Now I can only see her crawling on her verandah.

But how can you rape an angel, Little angel for that matter?


Situation forced situation, centre could not hold,

Things had fallen apart, that she thought.

 

Maybe she never realized they were only metaphors,

Carefully crafted in one syllable,

At the end to produce a miracle,

But this was trauma at its pinnacle.

 

Swiftly I saw her taking the half litter bottle,

In it, the mixture of what I don’t know.

 

The angel was helpless and restless,

She took the escape route not in easy access.

 

You can call it suicide if you like.

But there was one thing she wouldn’t realize,

The only killer ever known to me was her.

The tale of my siter and friend Monica

I still cry for her shattered corona.

 

I begin to rip myself apart,

I still need her gown of purity back,

Yes, her natural wings intact.

But life once lived is never domesticated back.

Broken Wing.

 

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The writer is a fourth year Bachelor of Arts (Education) student at Mzuzu University- Malawi. He has great passion for poetry because he believes poetry speaks loud. Much as poetry entertains,it also has the power to teach morality in the 24 hour societies that we live in. Comments on 'BROKEN WING' will be highly appreciated.

 

 

 

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Haunting my every moment is the past,

I can't seem too find a way to make this journey last.

Keep holding on to things that give,

struggling to find a reason to live.

Life is dear and O so sacred,

but I can't shake this bleeding hatred.

It came from a thought that started out clean,

now it has just become the monster in my dream.

 

My love is not love like the Fathers above.

 

More like a broken mind,

whose only thought still trying to find.

I have wasted my moments, thrown jewels into mud,

gave myself over to a green weed called bud.

Its hard to build a house when sinking in quicksand,

maybe one day Ill grab a helping hand.

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Let there be peace in the world.
Let us all see peace and not war.
Let us all have peace in the world.
Let all our statesmen know no violence,
Let all love peace with warm vehemence,
Let all be clothed with passionate patience,
Let all respect peace with real reverence.
Let peace pervade every political terrain,
Let peace calm the spirits of every domain,
Let peace be at peace with every reign,
Let each achieve peace with poor pain.
Peace, to you we plead: come to us.
Peace, we entreat you: deign on us.
Peace, we want you: envelope us.
Let our homes be adorned with peace,
Let our streets be paved with peace,
Let our cities be set on a hilltop of peace.
Let peace taint our every thought.
Let there be peace, let peace never cease
Let there be peace, let war forever cease.

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LET THE SHADOW OF THE SUN

PAINT THE SWALLOWS IN GOLD!

LET THE BEAUTY OF THE DAWN

BE GLORY TO BEHOLD!

 

LET KINDNESS TEACH US EMPATHY!

LET MERCY DELETE APATHY!

LET GREEDINESS BE HI-STO-RY!

LET MANKIND LIVE IN HARMONY!

 

LET LOVE UNCEASING SEASON OUR SEASONS!

LET EVERYONE LOVE FOR ONLY LOVE REASONS!

LET LAGBAJA LOVE TEMEDU'S CHILDREN!

LET EACH TRIBE TREAT EACH OTHER AS BRETHREN!

 

 

 

LET THE GONGS OF THE WICKED BE UNSUNG!

LET ALL BROTHERHOOD'S OPULENCE BE SHUNNED!

LET ALL IGNOBLE AMBITIONS BE DELETED!

LET STEAMS OF HATRED AND ENVY BE DEPLETED!

 

LET SEX CEASE TO BE A REASON TO LIVE!

LET SELF AGGRANDISEMENT FAIL TO INSPIRE!

LET EVERYONE HAVE ONLY LOVE TO GIVE!

LET LIFE IN FULL BE BREATHING WE RESPIRE!

 

LET LIES CEASE TO BE THE PIVOT OF BUSINESS!

LET DECEPTION EXIT EVERY WOMAN'S PLOYS!

LET EVERY MAN CEASE TO SEE WOMEN AS TOYS!

LET OUR JEALOUSIES RESPECT OUR FAITHFULNESS!

 

LET THE GOVERNED BE BOLD TO QUESTION THE GOVERNMENTS!

LET AGENCIES OF GOVERNANCE RESPECT LAWS!

LET SAME QUESTION EVERY OFFICIAL'S FLAWS!

LET US ALL HAVE UNDERSTANDINGS OF OUR EMPLOYMENTS!

 

LET OUR MORNINGS BE WITHOUT MOURNINGS!

LET OUR DAYS FILL US WITH USEFUL SWEATS!

LET OUR NIGHTS BE IN COMFORTING RESTS!

LET THE DAWNS GREET US WITH CHEERFUL MORNINGS!

 

LET THE SHADOW OF THE SUN,

PAINT THE SWALLOWS IN GOLD!

LET THE BEAUTY OF THE DAWN,

BE GLORY TO BEHOLD!

 

 

JUDE OGUNADE (21/12/2013)

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My cherished woman,
Without a face,
Dwells in my books,
And diaries,
Without a stance;
In my coffee cup,
She swims
And passes in my mirror,
Without a trace;
She wanders
About In my veins,
sings in my heart,
Recreates in my brain,
Without a trance,
When she leaves;
I follow vibrations
Of her presence,
Fading in the street's noise,
And fashionable curiosity,
Love of the city,
In every place,
Carrying a shy red rose,
My heart,
Which she knows,
She often plants passion
There,
In every space,
That she irrigates,
With warm stream,
In patience,
As it grows,
And only sighs,
As she goes
With innocent pace.

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Jesus moved on this vast Earth
Giving joy and colossal mirth
The World rejoiced in His birth
Living was considered worth

Jesus graced all of us
Using His Divinely status
When World was in a mess
Jesus was born to bless

Pure love was by Jesus shown
Everywhere He became known
His touches pacified even stone
His greatness had widely grown

He preached sacred morality
Attaining absolute immortality
He is now worshiped in totality
He represented the Divinity

By God, Jesus was taken back
He only taught all praying-knack
Cruel rulers could not at all sack
Those who walked on His tracks.

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Familiar love is a love that knows how to put a smile on your face

The kind of love the knows what kinda food to put food on your plate

Familiar love touches your body until your body aches

Love that knows Love and can stand the test of time

Fermenting like a bottle of wine

 

Familiar love, Familiar love, Familiar love

 

But when that love is lost then found with new ties and bonds

That familiar love will break the binds and restart old times

So if you find that familiar love that makes you glow

Hold on for the ride and go, go, go!!!!

 

Familiar love, Familiar love, Familiar love

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Have you ever lost the your first love and wondered what if? Then, you are face to face now it is "what now"!

Here's a poem about "Familiar Love":

Familiar love is a love that knows how to put a smile on your face

The kind of love the knows what kinda food to put food on your plate

Familiar love touches your body until your body aches

Love that knows Love and can stand the test of time

Fermenting like a bottle of wine

 

Familiar love, Familiar love, Familiar love

 

But when that love is lost then found with new ties and bonds

That familiar love will break the binds and restart old times

So if you find that familiar love that makes you glow

Hold on for the ride and go, go, go!!!!

 

Familiar love, Familiar love, Familiar love

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MY ROOMMATES

By AANCHAL

Laughing reprehensibly on a witless joke,

Heavy breathing was about to give us a choke.

Tears in eyes reflected our joy,

If my childhood met them,

 Would have never asked for any toy.

I stopped for a moment,

And stared at my laughing Buddha’s,

Cheering my happiness, thrusting sorrows to pass.

My hostel family comprises of these three,

Sharing every major-minor reason of glee.

 

Head of our family,

Paterfamilias is what we call,

Spine of my body, wisdom’s landlady,

 Foresight’s eye, brilliantly above us all.

 

Divine is the word which defines her out,

Heart of my anatomy,

Ethical and ethnic is all she about.

Whispering on cell with suitable frequency band,

Love, care and naughtiness in her walk hand in hand.

 

Swag is not enough to expound her,

My living corpse’s brain,

Being pragmatic is what she prefer.

Throws sadness, tears and tension out like weed,

Coolness, anger, love is all she bleed.

 

HE forgot to give me package of enamored, idolatrous  sister,

Rooamates they are mine,

Things will get lonely without them and shattered.

Love is all about singing loud to tease you all,

107 is nothing more than a messy, noisy, cuddly music hall.

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MY FRIEND’S DEATH

By AANCHAL

Pain was screening all over heart,

Eyes full of tears,

Unable to visualise her path.

Hargun was her best friend’s name

Who died in car accident

Leaving behind everything, no more the same,

Inflames of agony rushed in her brain,

Feeling helpless, it was just god’s game.

Her tears left me unavowed with nothing to add

Who will they love, pamper and scold,

She was her parent’s only lad

Months passed and everything proceeded

Nothing was able to replace her,

Gunu was all she needed.

I never met her alluring, winsome best friend,

But founded her in every new trend.

Name written on every page with smeared scars,

Novels had her picture as gory bookmarks.

In every laughter, sorrow she missed her,

Virtuoso to hide under cover,

Repeatedly i caught her eyes blur.

Cradling her in portraits and poems,

Day dreaming in a hope she comes.

She lost her faith in god,

I explained its all nature,

 Surely will melt someday, as it thawed.

No one is culprit, no one is victim,

Everything is destined, pre-written.

She passed away but you die every day,

Your pain and tear won’t give her soul a way.

Keep her alive in every second you breathe,

Don’t worry darling,

I am here with you to sheath.

She smiled, promised not to cry,

But her smile speaks-every day without Gunu she dies.

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                                                                                                                       MUSIC ON,WORLD OFF
 
Bushed from the university life,
Kalpana was my upcoming site.
418 was having an intense silence,
Happiness was asking me its license.
To load off my mind,
I laid down to straighten up my spine.
To bush the world off,
earphones were the medium,
I turned music on.
Castles starting building in air,
I stepped out to walk in corridor.
Music soothed my heart and soul,
wished to eat yummy yummy spring roll.
I sung songs to the utmost pitch,
Felt full of life and very rich.
Many witches came to stop me,
expressions were reflecting,
Their frustration and my glee.
Continued to sing and listen music,
Witches bothered a lot bothered stop my acoustic.
Turning back to room I saw my bed,
Proceeded to listen music and slept.
After 2 hours of my sleep,
Nothing was left to worry upon and weep.
Music touched me a lot and I smiled,
I was free to choose genre or style.
Wanted to be away from people who show off,
Music on ,turned world off
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We know we both have ruled our time

We were 10, it was our prime

The stories of heroes were in the air

But leaving you when you need me wasn't fair

 

When Sun in shining we played our games

Sometimes we would get angry and call each other names

There were time we played tag in the pavillion

We didnt care about any sadness everything was brilliant

 

You used to wonder about many things

We thought we would fly , we would get wings

We did not think that things would chang

But change is the only thing that is gonna stay the same

 

When sky was for us we had many things to try

Nobody could have thought we have to say goodbye

I couldn't stay , when you needed care

We went separate ways, yet so much left to share

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You may think you're alone and your  pain is your own

secret that no one can see

but your eyes danced with mine for one moment in time

and your sorrow sang clearly to me

I can see you have wondered for the answers that hide form seekers of truth and design

there are caverns of visions and shadows of light

if you search your own soul you will find    

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Use patience to the maximum extent
It must be exercised with determination
At no time we must lose our control
Let our mind stand like a solid rock
 
We must carefully monitor our mind
And it must not get foolish agitation
So long as we are kind and right
We will never lose at any time in life
 
Better to ponder before a decision
Weigh the pros and cons wisely
Abrupt decision always brings loss
Calm deliberation brings success
 
In case a loss is presumed to happen
Losing morale and becoming panicky
Is a foolish step toward definite gloom
Such an urgent action is surely wrong
 
Never fall a prey for hasty conclusion
Exercise God-given reasoning prowess
Positive outlook combined with wisdom
Will invariably lead to a glorious state.
 

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All things in this world

Be it small

Or large, furry or fussy

Were loved deeply by GOD

He them loved from birth

Through happiness and sorrow

and he grieved when their life

came to an end

 

But once god fell in love

He fell in love with a young girl

But the girl was soon to die

This was her fate

And fate were not to be broken

Yet god

who was madly in love

poisoned the girl’s hairpin

so that she would go to sleep

When death then came

He thought

Busy as he was

That he had already done his job

 

Later

When the hairpin was removed

The girl woke up from her deadly slumber

god had saved her from death

But death who now realized

That he had been tricked

and fooled by god

Became furious

He decided to get revenge

He would make the girl fall in love with him

Stealing what god hold most precious

 

Death then took shape as human

And went to girl

They met every day for thirty days

And god could do nothing

He watched

as the girl slowly came to love death

and it pained him deeply

Even though the girl could never be his

When the thirty-fifth day came

Death revealed himself before the girl

The girl who had known

That death had been by her side all along

Were not startled or scared  

She asked death who she had come to love so deeply

If he would take her life

Death refused

He had also come to love the girl

When he turned to leave

The girl grabbed death

And embraced him

She and death were now one

 

GOD who had watched everything  

Kept loving each human equally

And he never had to trick death again

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Sleep is a sure remedy for worry
We can feel damn comfortable
Our life, we can peacefully carry
As effects of sleep are remarkable
All our tensions, we can just bury
By sleep, problems are curable
To sleep, we need peace of mind
In deep sleep, medicine we find

To heap bliss, sleep is very kind


If sleep can be had with real ease
All our troubles will surely vanish
Sleep will surely give us all peace
Sound sleep is everyone's wish
Touch of sleep is soft like breeze
All setbacks, sleep will just finish.
 
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Never worry after committing a lawful act
As worrying will only promote sorrows
You have before this gathered every fact
And further effects on all your tomorrows
Just have with the Lord a compact pact
So that gradually your confidence grows
Foolish thinking of possible repercussion
Gives anguish over your perfect decision
Wish that God will help in your mission
Silently pray and ever do your noble duty
Never create confusion or possible fear
The Almighty will then protect your dignity
As His devotte is to HIm always very dear
Pursue your life with absolute certainty
As God is near, will hear, and erase tear.

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My Dear Friend...

Why will life not let me be...
When all i did was try and see...
How i could be of help to thee...
How i could try and set you from your demons free...
They take Gods name but in vain...
All they do is hide the truth and cause pain...
They are so holy its a shame...
is it so simple to live and play people's emotions like a game...
 
I was living life in prayer , hope and light..
Why then did you come and pretend...that you cared for me...i was delight...
I cared for all ..i bared my soul...
And now all the the hurt.. its taking its toll...
I give all of me in all situations...heart and being..
But then what and why this face of humanity am i now seeing...
Where is the shine of compassion...and love...
Why has the divine got me wounded like a shot down dove...
In friendship there is no judgement then why the deciet...
In true soulful bonds there is no fear then why lie with every heart beat...
 
But even now i know this is true..
For all those who caused me suffering i would still be there if needed for you...
My karma is such...
I know that fact ...even though i don't know too much...
Forgiveness for me i plead for if i caused anyone any scathe & distress...
I only wanted to give all who need ..all i had...never intended for anything less..
I shed a tear...i pray divinity Calms all their fears..
My Soul knows in all the ongoing betrayals...i still hold my Wrong Doers Dear...

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