The colour of YOU
He's my Peace, my Smile, my Sigh
My Laughter, my Sunshine, my Joy
He's my Hope, my Sorrow, my Pain
My Hunger, my Thirst, my Shame
He's my Life, my Cloud, my Fame
My Moon, my Star, my Rain
He's my Silence, my Comfort, my Fear
He soothes, he pampers and dries my tears
He's my In, my Out, to have and to hold
My Protector and the Guardian of my Soul
He's Red, he's Brown, he's Purple and Blue
Blameless, Spotless, He's oh so true
These are the clues
to the colour of
The outbreak: Ebola
Treatment centres are unable to cope
with the outbreak of the Ebola virus
It is worse than SARS, cholera and taking dope
This has now become oh so serious
People are becoming curious
Flights being cancelled
Where is God?
Is He watching?
The outbreak spreads from West Africa,
Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria
The many deaths vastly underestimate its magnitude
Incubation period from two to 21 days, that's its attitude
It is no respecter of persons -
Children, adults, health workers,
Even doctors are dying, for certain
How can we stop this outbreak from spreading?
Is it to practise good hygiene or just to wash our hands?
As people are dying, we need to understand
Isolating Ebola patients is critical
As the disease spreads, it affects us physically
It is transmitted by our body fluids, such as
Saliva, blood, sweat and urine
This is now a crisis, typical
Therefore, to stop this outbreak
You now need to know the facts and take control
As this Ebola virus is severe and often fatal
and spreads through contact; it's not normal
It is transmitted from wild animal to human
Occurs mostly in remote villages, rainforests
West and Central Africa
Ebola's symptoms include:
Fever, intense weakness and muscle pain,
headache, sore throat, diarrhoea and vomiting
And these are your facts, there is nothing to gain
with more deaths still hovering
As we all pray for God's divine intervention
that this Ebola outbreak will cease or retract
Love stays, in spite of the years
like the day star, rising despite days
Love remains in spite of the pain, like
a grieving bird to an empty nest in vain.
It rises in arid doom like a thriving rose without
It shoots, though bearing no fruits, and slowly
hardens into truth.
Love is, despite times and changing seasons
forever, as the timeless moon - never tires,
it's never a liar. It holds against enduring storms,
like proud-necked waves in ageless blows
like gravity, holding despite time, like fierce wings
lifting without air, love falls by its own flames -
and from its ashes, it rises again.
- Homer Sylvester
Bill ah kill
People, unnu see how di bill dem a run race?
The rent, it tek fus place,
The light bill follow behind,
And the water rate, no bother talk, to pay it
mi ah fi commit a crime,
mi phone, it get turn off 'cause mi cyan
afford anodda dime,
And grocery, dat tap buy lang time.
Gas, mi nuh bodda wid dat
mi use coal and cook mi pot,
it 'cause mi hand dem fi tun black,
But mi nuh worry bout dat,
cus it really stop a gap.
A lot of people a drop,
An' ah nuh by gunshot,
No! Dem nuh get nuh stab or chop,
Nuh Mr Stress gi dem heart attack!
Mi wuk so hard but mi still affi beg,
'Cause everything out deh cost ah arm and ah leg,
sometimes is not only crime and violence
alone ah kill …
Is dem damn UTILITY BILL!
- Ardnas Rednaxela
Faith and hope
When your skies are grey
Don't be dismayed
It's just happiness delayed
Brighter days will come again
Sunshine appears after the rain
Then joy replaces pain
Through it all, you must cope
Have faith, have hope
In challenging times
Difficult and painful moments
Look beyond the woes
Life has its ebbs and flows
Problems arise to test our mettle
Soon the dust will settle
To conquer, fight to hold on
Faith and hope will keep you strong
Worry, unease, confusion, grief
Those times when I have to dig deep
To find the answers I seek
Faith and hope renew my belief
That tomorrow will bring relief
Without them, I'd be lost
They're guiding lights in my darkness
For me, they're angels!
- S. Dionne Phillips
Positioning yourself for God's best
You try, you fail, then you ask why?
You fast, you pray, you read the scriptures,
but still you see no changes.
You fall down, you get up, but you still feel like you're down.
You try everything, but there is still a void to be filled
You feel like there are skeletons in your closet and a monster to be killed
You now want things to get better, but then you realise that better is not good enough,
so you decide to get God's best
You now decide to put yourself to the test to receive God's best, but "Am I in the right position?" you ask yourself
Are you in the position to receive God's best?
In the right position, you will be ready to receive God's best
In the right position, you will receive what you need to pass your test
Position yourself and you will not only receive God's goods and belongings but also God's best …
- Roshain R. Greensword
Her touch through the phone
I'm here in this night trying,
Trying to figure out if what we had was real.
I'm here tonight wondering,
Wondering if the feelings that I used to have for you was surreal.
The effortless connection we had,
The playful moments we shared,
And all this was done while we were miles apart.
I'm here thinking, thinking how hard we used to laugh,
At the silly things of the past.
You were my pictorial doll, you defined the 'I' in my inspiration,
You were the 'D' in my determination.
That was my thought, my silly imagination,
Not knowing you would run away from me one day.
I told you how disappointed I was, how mad I was,
Because you were saying it wasn't when it was,
And it was when truly it wasn't.
But I have hopped over the hurdles of the shattered past,
And have encouraged myself that you are a better woman today,
A woman who will last.
We touched through the phone.
You painted a picture of what love should look like,
Invisibly you touched me with the feelings of what love should feel like.
You offered me a drink of what love should taste like,
While blowing the aroma of your love smell, it was like a love spell.
You spoke with such surety,
It echoed a love sound, Chanette, you had me spellbound.
I know it may seem cheesy, because it's just a memory.
I'm uncertain if it was really love,
But I'm sure that I immensely liked you.
I saw you as a little princess in my fairy-tale world,
With tiny hands, in my eyes, you were the perfect girl.
You're not Usain Bolt, but you broke the 'beautiful girl record',
When I thought we were, while smiling I whispered, "Thank you, Lord."
You touched me through the phone,
With hands operating wirelessly you caressed me.
Stop me before the relationship police arrest me.
I promised to write for and to you, but really I just want to hold you,
And touch you - not illegally, just gently and carefully.
To actualise my once-upon-a-time imagination
Of you and I like Alice in wonderland.
I'm happy that you were born, and I know I'm not the only one.
Not sure if our experience was real, or it was my imagination,
No doubt it was a good presentation.
A great lady you are and one day a great mom - to be.
Not for a show, but to be a great example wherever you go.
- Daron Chosen Smith
With time, in time, there will be a ray of sunshine
Don't give up or give in, there is a coming win
When the pressure of patiently waiting turns to victory
Celebration will greet you with the smiling trophy
The trophy will speak to you and say, "I am so happy to be in your hand …
"It was hard and almost impossible to endure but here I am."
Now with tear-filled eyes you look to the sky but cannot utter a word
The humility of victory after pain and suffering gives you wings like birds
So fly, go to places you've never been; meet the world, greet kings
Greet presidents, change your residence, live life, and get married
Be a husband, be a wife, have kids, and give, not to mention drink porridge
Eat sausage, eat eggs, keep a level head, and if you're a vegetarian
Eat up this vegan inspiration that is as green as a forest, can you see the trees?
And live for others as you live for yourself, God did make you blessed indeed.
- Czedale Smallwood