Take Care Asking for help has never been easy for me, be it that I’m unwell or simply not understanding a concept of some sort. When I was younger,I believed that it was the mark of a strong man to silently endure any and all things he was faced with. Requesting help was an athenma to me, a display of great weakness and powerlessness that a man, young or old should never show. Better die trying to find your way than confessing powerlessness. And then, life knocked me in my face. Had it not been for help, it would have … Continue reading Take Care – Asking for Help
Yesterday, Republican Presidential front runner Donald Trump once more proved his prejudice with yet another statement about Muslims. In the past, we have come to from him comments such as Mexico is bringing rapists and murderers to the United States; Muslims should wear some kind of identifier and There should be internment camps for Muslims in America as a temporary precaution against terrorism; Surveillance of Mosques and the comment about the children of immigrants being”anchor babies”. Yesterday, he took things to the far and extreme right by saying that Muslims should not be allowed to enter the United States because according to him “… they … Continue reading In Response to Trump’s “No Muslims in the USA” statement
Today marks the start of the second week of the COP21 Climate Summit in France. It is believed to be one of the last chances that we have to save our planet and control climate change by laying out the framework to prevent global temperature increases beyond 2 degrees Celsius. This is such a big deal that even the Pope is requesting divine intervention so that a deal can be made to save the planet. However, the recent weather phenomena I have either experienced or watched occur someplace in the world on the news – from the drought in Southern … Continue reading COP21: Will Anything Come of It?
Its been forever since I last wrote a poem or blog entry; I’ve been going through some personal stuff these last few months. But the recent Black Lives Matter protests had me break out of my uncreative prison and write a few words on what its like being born black in a world that is somehow opposed to you in many ways. What is my crime outside being born black? Immediately classed as ugly and subhuman Let’s not forget stupid All because of my dark brown skin A reminder of pain Inflicted on those that came before me … Continue reading Woe is Black
Today marks the first day of Spring in South Africa. The first day in a season of new beginnings, possibility and opportunity after a somewhat cruel winter. A perfect opportunity to start leaning into it. I got the term “lean into it” from a movie called People Like Us; while scratching blindly on the internet for the Kelly Clarkson song by the same name. The message of this film hasn’t really left me since. Like any form of art, this movie is open to interpretation as far as meaning is concerned; but for me, its a great reminder of the ties that … Continue reading Leaning Into It
Seventy Years ago today, Japan surrendered and the Second World War was brought to a close. Months earlier, Adolph Hitler had (or as some believe, had not) died in a bunker in Berlin, bringing an end to the Third Reich and the war in Europe. Glory, is historically given to those that fought the war in Europe, while those engaged in the Far East seem forgotten. Today marks a day that Japan accepts the guilt of the actions of its forefathers, those that declared the war and those who committed hideous acts during the war – from comfort women to … Continue reading The End of the Battle in the Far East – 70 years later