The lesson in the rhyme

As a child, I had loved nursery rhymes. Though, whilst most children loved the favoured: “Humpty Dumpty” “Jack and Jill” “Mary had a Little Lamb” … and so on… I loved the rhyme below:

The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.

There are three lessons I had learnt from these few lines:

  1. The Robin did what he could to keep himself warm from the storm. In life, we are faced with inevitable emotional storms… like the robin, we can take practical steps to “weather the storm.”
  2. When we observe persons weathering their emotional storms… we should never pity them, but observe their obvious capability to deal with their situation. In this rhyme, the reader is to pity the robin’s plight, but the robin is dealing with his plight.
  3. The robin found comfort under his own wing… not someone else’s. Whilst it is good to have the help of family and well meaning friends when we are faced with our emotional storms, it is important that we are able to draw strength from within ourselves.

 

So those were the lessons I learnt… at least from my viewpoint of the nursery rhyme.

Remember: Next time you read a nursery rhyme,

See what life lessons you may find 😉

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A Conversation with God

So I didn’t take a long break 🙂 In a reflective moment, I pondered on what it could be like to talk to God and hence came the poetic dialogue below. In case you are wondering about the six thousand years of humanity’s existence mentioned in the dialogue, I did my calculations based on Bible chronology(this in no way discredits evolutionists or creationists theories or any beliefs of others… it is simply for the sake of writing) The table at the end may help you to understand how I arrived at such a number 🙂 This piece is not meant to impose any religious/ spiritual beliefs on readers, rather I am sharing my own nightly pondering on the matter 🙂 Thanks for reading!

 

Human: “Look God!

Look at what they have done!

They have disobeyed

And ate of the tree

That you had told them to stay away from.

 

Now you must

Render to them their due

Kill them off!

For their disloyalty to you… simply start anew.”

 

God:       “But will that set matters straight?

The serpent has claimed me to be a liar

It told the woman

That she will be better off without my rulership

That I was in fact withholding

Something good from her.

 

This act of disobedience

Has brought into question

My sovereignty

My right as Creator

To say what should or should not be.

 

My actions are never impulsive

Everything I do is governed by love

I also have to take into consideration

The myriads of angels

That are looking on from here above.

 

What kind of loving God

Will I prove to be

If I were to, in a fit of anger,

Destroy the very start of humanity?

 

No, let the pair live on and become many

Of course, they will eventually die

My commands and subsequent consequences were clear

So when they grow old and wither to the Grave

No one can question why.”

 

Human: “But Lord, what of their children

What is to become of their offspring?

Should everyone else also grow old and die

Because those two did such an awful thing?”

 

God:      “Didn’t you hear me say to the serpent

That there will be someone

To bruise him in the head?

I have already set matters in order

‘Death will be no more

Neither mourning, nor outcry, nor pain be anymore..’

Is what I have said.”

 

Human: “But that’s not now!

That is for a future time

Humans want their relief now

Be fair my Lord, be kind.”

 

God:       “I understand what you are saying

But keep in mind the issues that have been raised

I am giving humanity enough time

To prove they are not capable of living

Independent of my ways.

 

Then when the time comes,

When I exercise my full rulership

Over humanity

No one can ever question

My Universal Sovereignty.

 

They would have had ample time

To recognize that as their Creator

I know what is best

And under my kingdom rule

They will not suffer

But be truly blessed.”

 

Human: “So then God,

Who really is earth’s ruler now?

You talk about when your kingdom rules

Who really controls the world now?

 

God:     “The original serpent

The one called Devil and Satan

My Word, the Scriptures

Clearly identifies him

As the present ruler who is misleading the nations.

 

Though, very soon, My Son

Will fulfill that first prophecy

He will ‘bruise the serpent in the head’

In other words, My Son will be given the power,

To destroy the Devil eternally.”

 

Human: “But as we speak

Look at all the time that has passed

Lord it has been 6000 years!

How much longer could all this wickedness last?”

 

God:    “You should understand

That my thoughts are higher than your thoughts

My ways are higher than your ways

For you and the rest of humanity

It has been six thousand years

For me, it has only been six days.

 

Humans have been created in my image

So I understand your appeal

The fact that you care and want to end all badness,

Is only because you reflect what I feel.

 

I am going to bring it all to end

Because I am loving, loyal and just

And lovers of peace

Will be able to enjoy

The paradise that I had originally purposed.

 

I can help you though

To find happiness even now

Listen, follow the directions in my Word

And you will certainly see how.

 

For man was not designed

To live contrary to divine will

You search and search for meaning

Why do you think

You are unhappy still?

 

‘Happy are those conscious of their spiritual need.’

Isn’t that what My Son said?

True happiness and meaning to life

Can only be found

When your inborn spiritual need is properly fed.

 

Look at the things in the world

And give me an answer please

‘The desires, the showy display of ones means of life…’

Do you love me more than these?”

 

Human: “Lord, I truthfully do not know

I feel so very confused

I do love you

But I also love what the world has to offer

Do I really have to choose?”

 

God:      “I’m afraid child

A choice must be made… now or never

For the world is passing away

And so is its desire

But the one doing the will of God

Remains forever.

 

Either you jump in the lifeboat

Or go down with a sinking ship

With all its luxuries

And beautiful things

Do you want everlasting happiness

Or the temporary enjoyment that sin may bring?”

 

Human: “That is a lot to think about

I must decide what to do

Lord, I need a moment to reflect and ponder

‘What should I choose?’

 

Chronological Table 

From the creation of Adam 4026 B.C.E.

To the start of the Flood 2370 B.C.E. 1,656 years

To the validating of the Abrahamic covenant 1943 B.C.E. 427 years

To the Exodus fromEgypt 1513 B.C.E. 430 years

To the start of the temple construction 1034 B.C.E. 479 years

To the division of the kingdom 997 B.C.E. 37 years

To the desolation of Judah 607 B.C.E. 390 years

To the return of the Jews from exile 537 B.C.E. 70 years

To the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls 455 B.C.E. 82 years

To the baptism of Jesus 29 C.E. 483 years

To the present 2017 C.E. 1,988 years

Total time period

from Adam’s creation

to 2017 C.E. 6,042 years

 

 

 

 

Lunar eclipse of the heart

Do you remember this place?

We used to come here together.

 

The walls could whisper now

all that we had said to each other.

 

I still come here though

and walk through our memories.

 

A smile touches my heart

as I remember how it used to be.

 

The sands in the glass though

have not been kind

 

For it has distanced you

from this place

and the memory from your mind.

 

You though, why didn’t you

try to hide

what had remained in the glass?

 

So that we and this place

would not now become

fleeting images of the past.

 

This place is vanishing

yet my heart wishes to stay

and maybe even try to save

what time is about to take away.

 

But the seconds are running out

These moments are almost through

 

Let me not, afterward, remember

the beautiful times, I had here with you.

 

 

 

Quasimodo

This isn’t meant to be

poetic

There is nothing beautiful

about physical pain

When can I hope

to be normal?

“There goes the circus freak!”

Aren’t those the sentiments

of passers by?

Yet, it is not them

but I

who condemn

For my imperfections

are only made a spectacle of

in my own eyes.

 

 

There are days when I feel so very hideous… today happens to be one of those days.

As the curtain comes down

The first rays of the early morning peek through the curtains hanging on the window just above the bed where the lovers are awakening.
WOMAN: ( turning to her love and smiling into his already opened eyes. She is filled with a happiness beyond human comprehension. Here she was, lying in bed with the only man she has ever loved. It was a moment her heart would capture and lock away into forever.)
“Isn’t it a beautiful morning?
Filled with the old cliché
of ‘light through the window
(as the heavens have awakened)
with the melodious sounds
of the birds chirping!”

GUY: (Stretching, before embracing his lover, smiling too at her)
” Ahh, but it is your beauty
that has opened the heavens above
The glow you have about you
after a night making love.”

WOMAN: (Again she is caught up in the feelings of the moment and she wonders how she could be so lucky to have a love so divine.)
“I cannot believe, my love,
that we are finally together
Let’s trick the sands of time
so we can stay like this forever.”

GUY: (A look of concern clouds his features)
“That’s not the line
you should have read
You were supposed to kiss me once
then hop out of bed.”

WOMAN: (She is suddenly confused by the madness her lover speaks)
“My love, you speak the words
that are contrary to this moment
Why do you say such things
after a beautiful night that was spent?”

GUY: (Placing his fingers under her chin, he turns her face upwards)
“Look up, honey
See the stage lights above?
Look! The curtain is about to come down
We were never really in love.”

WOMAN: (Saddened and enraged all at once, but frantically looking around and recognizing the props of a stage setting)
“Do not say that!
Why do you try to hurt me?!
We are in love!
And forever we shall be!”

GUY: (removing his costumed face)
“Do you see me now?
And this here is the stage
You too can remove your costume
We have reached the final page.”

WOMAN: (looking around helplessly)
“This cannot be happening
We were one from eternity
Stop talking this nonsense!
This here, is NOT imaginary!”

GUY: (now removing her own mask from her face)
“These masks we wear
delude our feelings to care
Don’t let this (holding up the mask)
deceive you into a feeling
that has never been real
You think you are in love
but it is not what you feel.”

(Pulling her out of bed and to the front of the stage)
“Come on, my love
be reasonable about this now
The show is over
Take a bow.”
Also read: Exit stage left

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I am a bit of a secretive person, but since you guys have been so awesome in following my blog… I will share 10 facts about Me 🙂

1. I experience bouts of depression and anxiety.

2. I have scoliosis.

3. I LOVE Bon Jovi!!!

4. I have always wished to have grown up as a teen in the 80’s… it’s an era like no other.

5. I absolutely 100% LOVE coffee!!

6. I cry very easily.

7. I do not speak standard english at home… so one may hear me use phrases such as “I is..” or “Bring dat dey fuh meh”(Bring that there for me)

8. I love history and geography and of course french 🙂

9. My favourite movie is actually a tie among three: Titanic, Legends of the Fall & DDLJ

10. My favourite song: Gerua