Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Two Mountains

Two Mountains

Mi breddah tell mi seh
Two mountains don’t meet
But I-man know when we speak
I&I sight up the mountain peak

The Most High seh
Seek and you will find a like mind
Iyer ites united by divine design
Like mountains that endure time
Standing firm as a righteous sign
To remind all mankind to combine

Mi breddah tell mi seh
Two mountains don’t meet
But when we greet pon the street
Surely, Satan must retreat

(c) 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My Time Has Come

Around this time last year, if someone had told me about all of the huge blessings and positive changes in life that would manifest for me, I would have probably laughed and thought that it would be great but unrealistic. After all, a year is not that much time... especially when you are busy and a good portion of your life becomes routine. How could so many things happen in such a short amount of time... things that I had been waiting on for ages it seemed? I am an optimist, but I am also a realist. When I turned 30 last May, I had my ideas and hopes for the future, but I was mostly looking back on what things I had accomplished and the significance attached to the milestone year I was passing into. What would come, would come in its own due season. Apparently that season was my 30th year. It was a very good year!

So what exactly happened? It is hard to fathom, but within the days falling between May 22nd of 2010 and May 22nd of 2011, I was given the following blessings. One, finding and becoming engaged to my beautiful fiancĂ©e, “my puzzle piece”, who fits into my life as if she were tailor made, and I truly know this to be true. Two, owning my first home, my own place, my own space... it is amazing. Three, taking on an additional job in education and succeeding at it. Four, getting healthier by the day and surpassing goals in my physical fitness. I could go on and recognize many other good things, but no words could ever do any of it justice. Moreover, each of these things are not mere “flashes in the pan”, rather they are investments that will continue to multiply during this next year and the years to come. Nothing in my life thus far can compare to this sense of achievement that I feel. It is a natural mystic...

All of this proves to me that life is full of so many great and wonderful possibilities. Often times, we may see our goals as far away and unobtainable, like a mirage in the distant horizon. Yet at the same time, what may appear as a mirage could in fact be the real thing, and in that case one would only have to be patient, persistent, and trod forward in the proper direction. Some things will come into our lives quite naturally, but other things we will have to work for in order to take advantage of the opportunity. By doing certain things in advance, I put myself in a good position to receive what was in store for me. It hasn’t been easy, and at times I am exhausted (so exhausted that it is harder for me to find the time to write and reflect these days), but it is for the sake of being progressive and being fruitful.

We must also realize that there is a time for everything, and it’s usually not the time that we have in mind for ourselves. I had gone through most of my 20’s seemingly chasing the proverbial carrot on a stick. I would never have thought that it would come back to me on a silver platter once I had stopped running after it. Therefore I must tell my friends to not get caught up in a tangle of time and age... because the proper time will come if you be still and have some faith. There is no need to fear time or try to stop it. Embrace it and experience it... it opens doors of overstanding (understanding).

So, having turned 31 just a few days ago, I must say I am the happiest that I’ve ever been. I know that I will continue to hold this joy because it doesn’t end here. Although it is easy to single out “30” as being special, there is the potential for the next years to be even greater because everything builds on the foundations of times past. I can’t wait to enjoy some of the harvest I’ve reaped and to take the seeds and plant again for the next season. Good seed grows good fruit!

I give thanks to the Almighty for my time to shine, for the goodness to light my way on this journey called life. It was an amazing year of my life, and now I can share this life with my Empress and a family gained. Oh JAH, You have been so good to me! Please, bless me continually!

Life Is Beautiful,

Saturday, May 21, 2011



One hundred years ago, he was
Born in a tiny village amongst
The chestnut trees and ancient
Churches in green mountains
And his legacy fountains through
My veins because he remains
Here, alive and well in my heart
And though he now rests up on
Another green hill, I know he will
Always watch over us, just like
San Michele high above Volturara
A sentry through our centuries

(c) 2011

Livicated to my Grandpa, Edmond Gioielli, who would have been 100 years old today, May 21, 2011.