Y - yesterday, we had this bright future
O - owned by us
U - under African Skies
T - they promised us the world, in
H - hindsight it was never theirs to promise
D - daily grace are attained from God
A - and that is the only surety in a world where
Y - young people are still being used as pawns
In South Africa, we celebrate Youth Day every year on 16 June. It commemorates a pivotal point in our history 16 June 1976 in the fight against apartheid.
In memory of all those who perished during the tragic events of September 11th 2001
and in honour of all those who risked or sacrificed their own life for the sake of others.
Sirens lament, a September song
Echoing sadness of memories so strong.
Prayers for the souls of those taken away,
Thoughts for their families, in our hearts to this day.
Evening came early, the night stayed so long.
Morning started so bright, but went tragically wrong.
Blue cloudless skies, the sound of a plane
Eternal reminders bring that day back again…
Remember it all, let it not be in vain
Emergency crews, just ordinary guys
Laid their lives on the line as hell rained from the skies
Every last one of them selfless and brave
Valiant heroes with one aim – to save
Each one forever remembered with pride
No hearts left untouched by the many that died.
There’s one lasting hope as the world now remembers
Heartfelt wishes that peace could arise from those embers.
**Written September 11th 2008**
H ope and faith
A re in my heart,
P erhaps this year,
P erhaps a new start...
Y esterday is gone.
N ow I look to 2010,
E ying the dates,
W ondering when.
Y earning for health,
E veryone's worried.
A nother day gone:
R ainy and blurried.
©2009 Danielle White
Full of grace and gratitude
Over the birth of this
Stand up and celebrate her
Unique ability to make all welcome and her
Zany zest for life, love, and laughter.
Always giving generously of her heart and wisdom.
Nodding off from time to time to rest her weary soul, but
Never faltering in her faith – in humanity and her
Exploration of new ways to learn and grow so she can
Share her brand of sunshine and God’s love with everyone she meets.
60 years! And many more we wish for her,
Those of us blessed to know her are forever
Honored to be her beloved friends.
Written as a toast for my former business partner and forever friend's upcoming 60th
I love you darling for your devotion and unconditional love
We've had a special relationship since the day we met
I've only to ask for help my dear and you've been there for me
Lying with you everyday you whisper tender words in my ear
Later we'll make love and I'll fall asleep in your loving arms
Lovely romantic gifts such as chocolates, candy and flowers
Over the years you've given me to show how much you care
Valuable than gold are the memories we've shared my love
Evermore to be in my heart and remembered each year from now
You're my sunshine in the morning and my stars at night
Our first kiss is one that I'll remember the rest of my life
Until I met you I didn't know what it meant to be loved
As I walked towards you down the aisle on our Wedding Day
Looking very proud as you stood there in your black suit
Waiting for me to join you at the altar with a smile on your face
As I stood beside you there, together we recited our vows
You and I were now joined as one, as husband and wife
Since that day we've been on a journey side by side for life.
Valentine's Day is very special to us because it was the day that my husband proposed to me as well. It's a time for Lovers.
Alluring atmosphere announced Adeleke Adeite’s arrival
Under God’s unfailing, unadulterated, ultimate umbrella;
Given golden grains, grace, glee, glory and glow… gifted.
Understanding, unbelievably unashamed…unbeatable,
Sold to sincerity, soaked in sympathy, sings sweet songs,
Tested with thorns and thistles, trusted with terrific talents.
Hands holding champagne
Allowing all wishes to sparkle
People dancing under Mylar balloons
Pop corn with sweet caramel
Yankees caps with silver trim
Nobody dislikes silly buffoons
Everyone can be one of them
With the New Year's party colorful hats
Yell and be extravagantly festive
Ears deafened by loud music
America celebrates in Times Square
Rome calls for peace everywhere
Entered in Carol Brown's Happy New Year Poetry Contest
Copyright 2009 by Andrew Crisci
Hail happy morn, fresh blooming now as a fragrant flower
All golden streams I see your sun, rising sweetly this hour
Presenting your new found pearl a first day and a new year
Polished, serene and full of tranquil light the lucid air
Yesteryear is dead and gone, new today again man dreams
Nestled in your petals clasp from which love's pure nectar streams
Empower us again, for fogs and winters mist has failed
Wellspring of hope and love behold, by God's decree prevailed
Yon golden light has warmed our hearts, and we again rejoice
Eternal dreamers in resolutions we chart new stairs
Arouse to prospect beyond each star, abandon earthly cares
Resound your promise like the sun, permit our lusty voice.
[Inspired by L'nass Shango's HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL]
New morning on warm wings of light I rise
Golden as your swan bright sun
To see the world with dawn's fresh blooming eyes
The shadowed night now is done
The sand begins to flow again, the clock
Another circle shall sweep
From the barn chimes an accurate cock
Stirred the world from foggy sleep
The new year is began, fresh dreams abroad
The bells all peal with God's love
The potter gathers again each grailed shard
Like winds gather clouds above
And each field seeded with dreams shall flourish
And each vessel overflows
For earth's satisfaction from needs cherished
In heaven's kingdom now still grows.
Father dearest, I love you so,
As only my soul can really extol
The extent of my appreciation!
Hear my precious heart throbbing,
Eternally grateful for all you did,
Rising to every challenge on the way!
Hope, faith and freedom you showed me,
Ambition and selfless commitment, too!
Peace and tolerance you dearly espoused,
Probity and fair play were your watchwords!
Yes, you were always a man of your word!
From day one you encouraged and helped me.
Every time I faltered, you were there.
Self-confidence, dreams you instilled in me,
Transforming my deep doubts and fears
Into courage, yearnings and aspirations,
Vowing to make me the best that I could be!
Angst gave way to optimism and enlightenment.
Love, you said, was God’s gift to mankind!
Infinite were your patience and attention,
Sources of quiet confidence and inspiration.
And you always demonstrated integrity,
Leaving behind deceit and dissimulation,
Ugliness of thought, word and action.
Truth triumphed in everything you undertook,
Ever loyal, steadfast, indomitable, supreme!
You are my lofty paragon of true manhood.
Our Father in heaven, I know, smiles upon you!
Unique you are, Dad, I salute you with love!
Many people dream of having what you share...
Verisimilar love &
Enthusiastic promises of "Death Do Us Part"
Satisfaction of compromised love!
But only few stick together throughout the journey....
A birthday present to my Gramps, Hugh McCorkidale Young.
Heaven has a place for you
Unswaying was your faith in such
Goodness always will shine through
Holding on to that has been my crutch
Many others knew you well
Cokey, heard of through the town
Countless tales they had to tell
Of all the men, you held the crown
Real though it is, it's hard to believe
Know as I do the ways of the world
In the fact that you could ever leave
Darkening my mind till my thoughts unfurled
Aloud, I cannot bring to bear
Lonely I must hold my heart
Even by myself I fear
Your absence will tear me apart
Onwards though the world must move
Unendingly your memory will stay
No-one has forgotten you
Gone though you are, you'll never fade.
How did I breathe before you were near?
Each lonely feeling made to disappear.
Listening to your voice is music so sweet.
Looking upon you my heart skips a beat.
Oh how this feeling changes my life.
Lost in this moment I know no pain or strife.
Our joy and promise I am certain of;
Victorious union written in stars above.
Everything I am, I give you my love.
On stems of leaves and thorns
Slowly unlocks its beauty in
H aiku,maybe a monoku
A n acrostic or two
P astoral poems,perhaps
P erceived ,just for
N arrative vignette
E kphrasis,you bet
W ith honour & a prize to net
Y our words in verse or
A contest to celebrate and
R ing in the new
Happy 2010 to everyone who supported my 2009 contests.Thank you
Individual choices.. Identities allowed
No King to rule.. to none we bow
Determined are you to reach the top
Each of us can rise or flop
Perhaps you're one who doesn't care
Even that's allowed.. It is! I swear!
No one will ever force you to matter
Dance if you would at the foot of my ladder
Energy and drive heeds freedoms call
New recruits prepared to fall
Can we ever forget the price they pay
Ever thankful for Independence day!
There is no limit
to what you can dream....
she used to say.....
and until she was gone....
I never forgot....
between the words......
Independence suffices by will and dream a upright rise
Nurturing inspiration like morning blessings to produce
Developments in which the industrious share. Let's prize
Emancipation of genius that from work begs not truce!
People stand empowered now, be united so to achieve
Excellence: execute this effectively for love's a strategy.
National industry towers where each man may conceive
Duty as his share. Vision and sweat makes all history,
Economy makes the satisfied. Motivated in every stride,
Nothing denies the power of dream. Each survival shows
Competence, in moral honor, economic skill, these abide
Eternally repositioning the sail, catching what fate throws.
Now I shall stand alone, walk alone
And sing a song all my own.
For I am man, I'm the child now grown
The eagle flown, I'll conquer a new zone.
I shall climb stairs of sky to hunt earth
Hurtling down to rise with food
And feed myself and unfeathered brood
Flexing cool against each cloud with mirth
I am independent, I am man
Thinker, worker, giver, proud
I shall not be deterred by raincloud
Or shadow shrouding a figured sand.
I am independent, I am dream
Transformed to vision. I thrown
From nest found strength of wing to astound
Prey and prayer where sharp talons gleam.
I am independent, I mark sun
For map of home, and command
The enterprise of measureless land
Where in flight and battle I have won
I take my independence with more
Than age, or wisdom of time
I own. Immersed in all spheres sublime
I feed my full and still bring to store
The wealth strewn in life's unguarded frame
From that I make better blood
Each heart for its own, the once chewed cud
Children alone will feed the twice claimed
I seek added value, fresh as day
A constant new of old schemes
I am independent, bright with dreams
Mind and muscle in rule of the fray.
H ow do memories retain the brilliancy of star’s vanes?
A nother time another place, would memories have such grace?
P erhaps, it’s simply distance, that works this mystery this mischance.
P oor substitute for touch this distance metaphoric rush.
Y oungsters apple cheeked blush, Gran’s lovingly shush.
N otice only the brightest twinkle in a baby eye or a mother’s guise.
E very fused image stays crisp and lovely for all days.
W orry need not intrude on the sentinels of solitude.
Y our heart’s delight will outshine any simple test of time.
E ndlessly remaining new, bright, young and warm.
A rriving at the end of even nights most darkened morn.
R oaring with star fire and flame ‘till all who’ve lived….live again.
I try to be
faint as I take in the colors
Take my emotions from me and I shall forever be lifeless.
Hearing your heartbeat fills my loneliness, stays my fright.
Emotional venues are in my spirit, a true wonder of my life.
We have shared friendship, tenderness, passion, and heartache.
Only time will develop the envelope, of our intimacy combined.
Never take for granted our love and indifferences in our lives.
Death may take our mortal fervor our bond will remain evermore.
Excitements we share are beyond the sensual feelings we adore.
Relishing each second, and minutes of the years, months, days,
Only my heart can show the true devotion that you give so free.
From my touch, kisses, words I write you each year, you will know.
Yearning to hold and caress every part of your fundamental nature.
Our mature embodiment will guide us through true devotion.
Unanswered emotions will drive us to compete for satisfaction.
Reveling outwardly, securing the wonder of your love for me.
Let your soul know that I shall completely design my life for you.
Our love shall not be overthrown by any jury or court in this land.
Victory is yours, for the attorney of conviction, is unobjectionable.
Each year of my confinement to your love will be truly a wonder.
H oly Spirit on us fall
O nce,and for all
P ower in the wind & fire
E mpowerment that will never tire
no question that
normal life unequivocally
is life with you --
voracious in love, an
energetic longevity of devoted time,
resilient in forgiveness,
sure I am
your ying to my yang.