Saturday, December 13, 2014
Seven Nelson Mandela "Tata Madiba" Quotes We Love
When it comes to inspirational quotes, Tata Madiba was as thoughtful in choosing his words as he was careful in implementing his plans, knowing he was setting an example. Though laden with introspection, these quotes possess an undeniable universal appeal.
1. "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the ability to triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
2. "Do not judge me by my successes. Judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again."
3. "It always feels impossible until it is done."
4. "Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for the freedom of their people."
5. "No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end."
6. "Poverty, like apartheid, is not natural; it is man made."
7. "Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice."
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Nefertiti's White Egyptian-Cotton Sundress
copyright 2013 K.Omodele
Nefertiti never filled
a white, Egyptian-cotton sundress
with s'much breath-taking grace and copper-toned form.
In that Egyptian-cotton white dress
her smile couldna swelled her King's heart so, like the noon sun
have him clutching her hand, tight so, up Georgia Avenue.
If her King coulda seen what this King here knew-
that vibrant, white sundress on radiant you,
he woulda traded all Egypt
that Georgia Ave. noon...
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Monday, October 27, 2014
Abeng Dub Poetry: Coromantee Heart (The Revolt)copyright 2013 K. Omodele
Re-volt noun 1 an act of rebelling. 2 a state of insurrection. 3 a sense of loathing.
4 a mood of protest or defiance
Medsing* thru mind window beyond barred sills, pass the mill,
Lift mine eyes up to the hills from whence come Jah will,
I sight Boukman, Bwa Kaiman, Palmares in Brazil,
Feel like Djuka to de bush and go Maroon in the hills
'cause teLIEvision, pure derision, images unreel,
Vanity innoculate me like snake under heel,
Meh Granny used to warn me "hard ears goin' feel,"
From chopping cane in the field, now life behind steel.
The wicked carried we away in slave bangles and rope,
We leggo cutlass and hoe, now tote the corporate yoke,
But revolt deh in meh soul like gold in Guyana dirt,
Pull on me Kwamina** pants, button me Cuffy***-link shirt.
Sight, that great Zimbabwe Wall deh masoned by us.
Lalibela stone churches carved from rock and such.
Pyramid and Jah Eye inked 'pon the dollar they trust.
Timbuktu we build that up outta sand and the dust.
Thru the Door of No Return herded to hell in a rush,
Plantation by ship, prison complex 'pon de bus,
Rather chuck miself overboard, "freedom is a musss"
With meh Coromantee heart and meh Black Carib**** gut.
Wicked carry we away in rusty shackles and chains
Tried strip we culture and we pride, give we heckles and pain,
Revolt run thru me like oil under Trinidad soil
Sharpen meh Coramantee thoughts with meh Ashanti file.
The wicked Cari we beyond Mama Africa breast,
Far from de River Niger, just niggas in de West,
But Revolt boil meh blood like the Caribeyon' Sun,
Meh heartbeat...Coromantee; Hands beat Congo drum.
* medsing- meditating
** also Quamina, Kwabena (in Twi). Referring to the slave leader of the Demerara Slave
*** also Kofi (in Twi). The leader of the 1763 Berbice Slave Revolt
**** In the Eastern Caribbean (St. Vincent), slaves escaped to the hills, joined Caribs
and intermarried. Their offspring became known as Black Caribs.
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