Sunday, February 05, 2017

A Year is a Long Time

I have not written in a long while, neither have I blogged.
So many things have happened since the last time I put pen to paper, or more appropriately I punched my laptop keypads furiously.
Nigeria in such a state I cannot imagine. I wish it could all be better.
I found myself a new home in a new country where the community has shown me much love. Daily I wake up and step out, the cold wind kisses my face and dries my lips, a reminder that I am new here and yet to get used to her ways. The days are short and the night pretty too long for my brain to wrap around. I try stretch my sleep to the point when the light breaks through the barrier pout up by darkness, alas…
I wanted coffee to be my friend but insomnia said NO!! How can I become a Canadian then? Sorry Starbucks and Tim Horton aren’t getting any share of my money then.
A year ago, I packed my bags and left my country after participating actively in the election that brought the present government into power. I had so much hope but…
So, I have found myself a new home, were the people are warm but the weather is darn cold!!! I have been told having on six layers of clothing is no sin, as long as you keep warm.
In that one year since I left for another land so many things have happened, ranging from good to bad to worst and some extremely too good to be true. In my few months, here, I have found that anywhere can be home!

SUNSET





I wonder how come I have traveled so far in such a short time, I have seen beautiful places and met beautiful minds. I have seen people work hard each day and glow in the rewards of their labor. I have seen tears, blood and happy faces. I have been touched by stories and wonderful relationships that have lasted years. I have made friends and heard stories that push me to be a better person.
I was told by a man who has seen many battles and fought a few of his, Touch lives, you will never make enough money, make enough to pay your bills and owe no man. He told me finally laugh, never beat yourself down when you make errors, laugh at yourself learn your lesson and move on. He said life is too short, it only seems to me like yesterday was when I celebrated by 25th birthday, today I am 89 years. I wonder were the years went.
It is a year now, it has been a long journey, I press on each day, thanking God for friends and family, most importantly my wife whose support and sacrifice has been enormous.

For God is faithful…He will bring us to an expected end.
SUNSRISE

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Final Salute


Each time I came to see you
On my way out you always gave me a salute
You were a gentle man to the very end
You gave it all a fight
But you had to take a bow at the end
HL you will be missed
I remember the last time I came to see you
You looked up and said you were tired
We talked for a bit while you weaved in and out of sleep
I told you I was leaving
You mustered all the strength to give me the final salute
Born in England
Died in Canada
Loved by many
Missed by many
The salute won't be forgotten
I learnt from you
Bye HL
This is my final salute to you

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

My Dear Sons

You are strong
You are blessed
I gaze at you and I see hope
You hold the future
Your eyes are filled with a bright tomorrow
You are my strength
You give me reason to go out each day
I love you so much
Your smiles make all things better
You are blessed beyond words
God’s grace is ever present in your life
I love you boys and will always do
Glad I was gifted with you
We are on this journey together
One step each day
Till you become better men than I am
Till you become great
Your strength shall not fail
Till you know Him who made you in His Image and likeness
Till that day you come to the full understanding of His purpose for your life

Monday, July 04, 2016

Grateful

It has been a roller-coaster first half of the year 2016
It is what it is
From relocating to a new land
To resigning my job back home in Nigeria
And getting another job in my new found home
This first half has taught me the importance of family and friends
It has taught me God rules in all situations
He can stabilize all things
He can make all things come through for you
God never leaves nor forsakes us
This first half, I have seen death stare us in the face
Snatch our loved one
We have seen death attempt to snatch another
But if not for God…
Friends have stood up to help and support
People I have not spoken to in years rallied round
So this first half of the year
I am grateful for all that as happened
I am grateful for my family
I am grateful for friends
I am grateful for work
I am grateful for the gift of life
I am grateful for new friends and alliances
I have learnt and unlearned 
The second half can only be better
In God’s hand I leave it all


Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Death and Memories




They died but they never left
Memories linger on
That moment, we remember what their retort would have been
We see their smile vividly
We think we have moved on without them
We think death has taken them away
But…
They are with us
That quiet moment we sit alone,
The memories of our time with them flood our mind
They are not gone
They are not forgotten
They live with us,
In our breath
We keep them alive though they are dead
They are with us
To the many friends I have lost
Or I think I lost to death
Your memories linger on
Fresh everyday
When I die
Then your memory, which I have held on to for so long goes with me
Then I become
MEMORIES

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Life Events

Life events
Hardly prepared for
It sometimes hits us from nowhere
We are thrown off balance
It comes when we least expect it
Just when we think we have everything figured out and we should settle down
When we are just about taking our seat it strikes
We watch others taking a hit and we empathize sometimes
We never imagine we will be in the same spot some years down the line or the next minute
This is life
Sunset Claireview Edmonton. (c) Greatise
We keep hoping and believing
We keep pursuing our dreams
Even when life throws a curve at us we pray for strength
We keep fighting to see our dreams come true
Life events are inescapable
But we will triumph all the way!!!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Life: Storm and Calm

Good morning, I have been away fro here for a while. life has thrown it curves at us, but we are here. We have had good and bad news but we are here, we have lost loved ones, dear friends, spouse but we are here. wars are raging but here we are. 
It all looks like life is just hurtling on ignoring our continuous attempts at slowing it down. But this is life, we make the best of all we encounter, lending each other a helping hand, pulling up the falling, consoling the bereaved, offering our shoulders to the weary and sad. speaking words of comfort to those who are in pains, offering our silent company to those mourning and rejoicing with those that rejoice. 
This is life we live it to the fullest not deterred by the challenges, taking on new adventures with zest.
This is life with all its shades and curves, a canvass painting with dark and bright spots, it only makes the picture more complete and beautiful. Wake up to the cloudy weepy sky, to the white flakes resting gently on the tips of our nose or to the sun blazing in all its glory making us break out in sweat. It is all part of life, we seek to be better, nature is here to accompany us and remind us of God's unending faithfulness, how the birds of the air neither sow nor reap to store in bans but are fed from one season to the other. The beautiful flowers of the field clothed in all it's beauty, here in one moment but is gone the next.
This Life! we make the best of it before we draw our last breath.