Don’t Let Go©

Don’t let goFlashing lights, billboards aglowWatching life beneath him flowPeople cluelessly dithering to and froWhat’s dangling above, they do not knowGrisly thoughts, they’re starting slowFeelings of trepidation, quickly growGotta turn it around, change it somehowBreathe—calm erratic heart, pulsing slowRegaining composure, decidedly avowMaintaining grip, even soDon’t let go 2021 ©createdbyDEEsignAll rights reserved This piece is in …

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Focus©

Unending lists of things “to-do”, less check marks on the side, I view Moving hither and thither am I, all around is stimuli Linking breath with motion, getting present in body to mind devotion Breathing-in-breathing-out, finding equilibrium all about Finding drishti, finding mountain, palms at center of heart—that’s certain Foot pressed into inner thigh, extending …

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Pay Day© [A Haibun]

She recalled her dead mamma’s words: “Child, if you run from something you’ll run from everything. There are some things you gotta fight for. Some battles God fight for you and others He fights through you”. Her mamma’s words—palpable and empowering—stayed on replay till she found her fighting strength. Emboldened. Bags packed in waitingDrunken footsteps …

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Endemic Flora© Haiku

Summer alive inHimalayan vale—flowers,Mountains—glorious In 1980, Indian Government created the Valley of Flowers National Park, which in 2002, was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This rich area of Biodiversity is also home to rare and endangered animals and birds. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start …

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Nature’s Cloud Serenade© Haiku

Sun sets sky alive Orange clouds dance across blue In effusive praise After-word: Sitting outside, hard at work on the computer when an orange glow danced across the screen. I looked up to see the sky evoking this beautiful orange that cascaded all around me. An experience to capture and freeze in a photo moment …

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Shabbat Shalom—Be Like A Tree© [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along As we’re winding down the season of long summer days and about to enter the season of transition, I’m thinking about trees and the transformation they’re preparing to undergo—the stripping, the letting go—and how simultaneously beautiful and haunting that is. And that got me thinking about the life lessons we can …

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Outwitted©

A triplet were they, Misters Slick, Slicker, Slickest Wagered all they owned to win survival of the fittest Their dollars grew wings and flew from their sight They tried to explain this with all of their might See, hear, speak not of this evilOutwitted were they by game shark Bo D’vil ©2021createdbyDEEsign.com All Rights Reserved …

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SweetsHeart©

Here’s a fun post. When you want to say “I love you” and your sweetheart is all kinda SWEET, say it creatively with candy wrappers. You’re that EXTRA-special kind o’ LOVESTARBURSTing emotionsSending heart waves into a pleasurable SYMPHONY of ORBITJUICY FRUIT kissesOut of this world MILKYWAY delish You make each relationship day feels like PAYDAYNobody …

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Old Man Alaqueshus Slay© (a Clerihew poem)

Mean old man Alaqueshus SlayClimbed up the castle on a stormy day He refused to pay what he owed the wizardWho changed him into a oversized-winged lizard This is my contribution to Sadje’s “What do you see” challenge based on this image. I chose the Clerihew poetic form to bring a bit of comedy and …

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Another Blog Accomplishment—200 Posts!

I made it to 200 posts y’all!!!! Yippeee 🎉🥳🎊 Glad I reached this milestone on this beautiful post on the joy of gardening. I really wish to use the moment of this accomplishment to thank YOU! Yes, YOU! The YOU who take the time to stop in on this space The YOU who choose to …

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One-liner Wednesday

This is for One-Liner Wednesday: lovers’ quote: “you taste like more, I want more”! ©2021 createdbyDEEsign all rights reserved Linda hosts One-Liner Wednesday. Check out her blog for the rules and to see who else is participating today. Thank you for reading! First time to the site? Start here👈 and for more follow the blog …

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Life Mottos from A-Z©

Accept you as you areBelieve in the good, do good Cultivate an attitude of gratitudeDo what you love, do you Embrace the flawsFind peace of mind Give with no expectationsHappiness is fleeting, create joy Invest in experiences, things are ephemeral Jump around in bed some times, find your inner child Kindness is life-changing, be a …

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Springtime Bunny©

It’s spring time I’m abounding with joy There’s a cute little bunny that drops by the garden each spring He’s an elusive frisky little fella Ears always at attention, pointed straight up to sky like soldier resolute to flight, not fight At best I’ve managed only to stare longingly at “His Royal Cuteness” Face pressed …

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A Dream Deferred Comes Full Circle

Beforeword: I was searching through email for something and came across this message. At the time, I had just moved to NY for work. On the day I wrote this email, I was sitting on the cusp of history being changed and didn’t know it ... Last Thursday, after a day of trekking through New …

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MAMMA AFRICA© for International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery & Transatlantic Slave Trade

with graceful ease you gave your children lifefrom the deepest and loveliest part of youyou shaped and molded us into the strong and dark image of youwith your lush vegetation you adequately provided for usyou sheltered us from the sweltering sunfrom the bowels of your soul came treasures untoldalways, you make us strong—MAMMA then the …

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POETRY©: A tribute to World Poetry Day & International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Before-word: Long before the written text, poetry existed. It was the reciting to memorize genealogy, laws and culture. It was the verbal incantation of hymns, love songs and chants. It was the conveyor of prayers, stories, historical accounts, and instructions for everyday living. Long before colonial conquest—from the Nile to the Volta River valleys, from …

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Poem: Laughter©

LaughterShe glides Among sunflowersRicochets Across fields of emotions Pleasure-Happiness-Joy She collides, intertwinesUproariously-Unabashedly-EscapesShe collides, intertwinesPleasure-Happiness-JoyAcross fields of emotionsRicochets Among sunflowers She glides Laughter Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

You, Me, We©

Before-word: during a recent office retreat, the facilitator used murmuration to describe the working method of our team. We’ve had to be quite resilient in delivering services and support to the beneficiaries we serve while taking care of our wellbeing. We work to address challenging areas of social development such as human rights, equity and …

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Poem: Unconditionally©

if I Took Off The Maskfully Unveiled Meopened Up My Heartrevealed The Real Methe Me No One Else Seescould You Really Love Me?love Me Just As I AmUNCONDITIONALLY? if I Let Go Of The Hurtfrailty From The Brokenness Withintrusted You With All Of Meloosened My Graspletting Go And Letting Youwould You Really Love Me?love Me …

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Soul Seasons©

Before-word: Nature is a formidable teacher. One lesson I’ve learnt from the changing of seasons is this: we must embrace new beginnings. Like the contrasting seasons, we too are faced with periods that resemble SPRING-like rebirth, AUTUMN-like falling, SUMMER-like passion and WINTER-like coldness. To grow, we too must face the seasons of the soul and …

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Poem: Golden Love Breath of God©

Before-word: Many of the pieces I write are commissioned. This piece was written for a couple on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. It’s a personal piece based on conversations with their children and closest friends. I chose the title because gold is the symbol of 50th anniversaries and ancient Egyptians called gold “the …

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Nature’s Morning Serenade

Before-word: I wrote this piece a few years ago. I was working/living in Northern Nigeria at the time and there was immense unrest and upheaval. Amidst all of that the joys of nature were all the more appreciated. What a blessing to open your eyes from a night’s rest, to know you’re alive and be …

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Tribute: Remember Me© [phase 2]

Before-word: I wrote this piece as a tribute to the life of a dear dear friend (may her soul Rest In Peace). There was so much to say about this beautiful life, sharing it here in phases, this is phase 2. Remember Me In Familial Affection I am the affectionThe arms which held my mamma …

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God Blesses the Child Who Hurts©

Before-word: Growing up without my father, the impact of paternal absence influenced very strongly my views of “father”. Even more debilitating for a child were the fears that this absence bred—the fear of being abandoned and of being rejected. This piece is written (and included in my book “Moments: A Poetic Heart Journey”) as part …

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A Prayer of Surrender

Before-word: This is a paraphrase of a psalm penned by my best-Bible-friend, David (King of ancient Israel), as recorded in Psalms 139. Dear God, investigate my life;get all the facts firsthand.I’m an open book to you;even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking.You know when I leave and when I get back;I’m never out …

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The Moment I realized…Transformation is Selfish

Transformation, a thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance. One of the most difficult things to transform is the way we think and especially what we think of ourselves. Coming to this realization is the moment I understood self transformation to be selfish in that it’s hard work that requires you to reset your …

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The Moment I realized…Love Is A Choice

LOVE’S BEGINNING© at love's beginning conversations unending heart-beats skipping each passing moment lingering more of you and more of me unfolding you for me and me for you exchanging soul to soul connecting without words conversing emotions revealing deeper into love falling Thanks for reading. You can interact with this post/me by hitting any of …

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Everlasting-remember Love©

When life turns into eternityWill I remember your love?In that other life will your love search for me, find me, love no other but me? When life turns into eternity Will you remember my love?In that other life transitioning from mortal to immortal to forever-lifeWill anything separate me from your love? When life turns into …

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Poem: Today I Started My Day In A Bathtub©

Before-word: When was the last time you nestled in a bathtub, just because…? Allowing it to envelope you for no other reason than … ‘cause you wanna?! I wrote this piece at a time of uncertainty and unrest and found solace in the sturdiness of the bathtub, in the strength of its curled-down edges and …

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Thanksgiving Reflections

Before-word: In honor of Canadian Thanksgiving—reflecting in gratitude to life before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Twas the day before schools closed. Before sofas replaced class benches. Before teachers taught through computer screens and school started with zoom sign-in. Before the tap-tapping of keyboard strokes replaced the pitter-pattering of feet scrambling to classes. Before actions …

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A Letter to Your Younger Self: How To

I did this exercise (writing to my younger self) a few years ago and revisited it recently. I found it therapeutic and fun! It’s a good way to explore your relationship with yourself, to reconnect to points in your past and use that connection to inform positive changes for your now and your future. Have …

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Two As One In Love© (a poem)

Before-word: I wrote and recited this piece for two of my dearest friends on the occasion of their wedding. Where once it was “me and I” inhaled—now “us and we” exhalingBirthed through pangs of willing submission, full surrenderOn this two-becoming-one journeyStarting in the acknowledgement that you are his and he is yoursTwo lives entwined together …

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Unmasked© (a poem)

Before-word: I wrote this piece long before masking became part of global health guidelines. Today we mask-up to protect our immune systems from an unseen predator—the novel corona virus. So for that reason, follow the golden rule of masking: mask-up for others as you’d have them mask-up for you. However, when I wrote this piece …

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D.O.A. | Defiant On Arrival© (a poem)

Before-word: This piece was written based on the culmination of experiences of those of us who've encountered a lying, deceitful, manipulator who masqueraded as love. Who among us haven’t had such an encounter? This is a live recording of a recital of D.O.A. at the Bowery Poetry Café (NY City). [click the “play” icon to …

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