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Sunlight – Poetale of Gratitude

Why am I so happy to see the sun rise and smell her sweet fragrance? I may not explain exactly, but this is why.

Before now I slept like a log, snoring away, unconscious to the world’s drama. Nocturnal creatures crept, birds hoot. The night is innocently quiet but may have consumed many. My windows are open, the whistling pines sang a lullaby. Soft rain drum the rooftop. Pata-pata was her fair rhythm. The wind accompanied the rhythm with an invisible guitar, addressing my bed. Cool breeze rent, blowing kisses, caressing man who slept. It wooed man to dreamland, where he could see beautiful things. All these while, I am man, bones and flesh, helpless only to Providence and her benevolence.

The sun’s glamour lit the skies, it woke man. Golden rays filter through the curtain, a welcome to new day. Blue clouds wait outside, there the green field lay wet with dew. Grasshoppers, beetles and crickets play in them. When stick insects fly, their zithering wings create a tune. Termites are busy moving their quarry. Mantises cling like monkeys to tree leaves. Trees are calm, resting from the long cold night. Squirrels play up their branches, the wind their surfboard. Egrets, pigeons, turtle doves, skylarks, bluebirds and others enjoy the fresh air. Their cries fill the horizon with hope, they spoke of gratitude and joy, of seeing a new day. Grey and brown mushrooms sprout, squeezing out of earth little umbrella citadels for ants. Some shaped like the anthill down the road. Bright flowers dance in the morning breeze. They are dressed in different schools: white and purple, green and yellow, red and pink, or blue and orange. Their stalks a perfectly sewn uniform, each glamouring in her pretty dress. The canopy of green grass expands each morning. There’s carpet grass, mother nature’s rug. There’s the guinea grass, tall enough to hide bugs and worms. Butterflies roam the garden, sunlight behind their back. Tree leaves fall in circles, to meet the wind at the foot of trees. A stronger wind gladly sweeps them all over the garden – a queer rollercoaster without wheels. Yet sunlight came in installments, watching over all.

I have a friend who checks on my window each morning. She admires herself at the glass mirror. From the other side I laugh at her fluffy beauty. Straight beak sitting on a funny face. Two agile broom-like legs holding a big body. Those legs, a perfect weightlifter, just that it lacked muscle. Black feathers, white underbellies – a reminder of me whenever I wore a black suit. ‘But why are you so pretty every morning?‘ I wonder. I smell the flowers that live not far away. Hibiscus and Flamboyant, different colours, many scents. Strength in diversity. But colour has no scent. The wet clay smell nice too, in it the bull frog family live. The garden is a big theatre – a world of its own. If I ever knew the winds tune, I will sing with her. She sang slowly, sometimes high, other times low-pitch. So I hum in my heart and whistle when I am overwhelmed. I write a song in my mind. I will let the later morning hear it and trust that she keeps my tune secret.

I am grateful for the song on the roof. For those little angels disguised as birds that wake me. For the cool breeze that makes sleep enjoyable. For night rains that sing me a lullaby. For the green garden and her flourishing faun and flora. For dew that wet my foot when I walk through the green grass. For the insects and birds that greet the morning with a beautiful song. For the love, joy, peace and hope that comes with each bright morning. Gratitude is still the best attitude.

Do you now see why I am happy when I see sunlight? For me, to live is to be grateful.

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Grateful Christian

l feel Your warmth Jehovah
The peace and comfort You gave
Now sunshine through my curtain,
Strings of beautiful colours I see
Oh Jehovah, You’re Awesome
The skies blue cloud stand at ease
You stand out, You’re Handsome!

The love I feel, undescribable
The life I’ve, gracefully blessed
You loved me to love others
My voice, my warrior, my power
My strength, my icon, my Lord
My dream, my Saviour, my master
My Supreme, my Almighty God

For in You I see first beauty
And in all Your creations,
You’re my salvation
My inspiration, I’m Abraham’s seed
And I address You in my African way
For people call me The Lord’s blessed
Ara na azu nwa, Chukwu di ebube

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What if there was no colour in my eyes?
What if I had no feet for shoes?
But You wouldn’t let me suffer,
Your love made me perfect,
None can Your intentions mar
Your ways are mighty and astute

Good lands, valleys and hills
Rivers, skies and people
You cause my eyes to behold;
I’m forever grateful for Your love,
For beautiful flowers and the bee,
For morning dew and suave,
And for new blessed week

Commentary.
Ara na azu nwa: Igbo language for ‘the breast that feeds a child’
Chukwu di ebube: My God is Glorious

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Psalm: Your Cymbal

I’m Your cymbal, the one who plays the bells,
None except You can make me appreciate life better

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Self Reflection 18: Hope

Smile my friends,
Nothing, no problem lasts

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Self Reflection 4: Gratitude

Gratitude is an attitude that creates doors in walls and hearts.

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Love and Christianity

Happiness

Happiness is a state of emotion of being joyful. Real happiness comes from the inside. It is a function of love, peace, contentment and gratitude.

The breath we have is enough reason to keep us happy!

Don’t forget that happiness is free. So stay happy for the simple things you see.

Love ❤

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Gratitude

Gratitude reigns over might or gold,
It is greater than reputation, profits sold
It gives reverence to all, young and old
And makes every thankful person bold

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Appreciation

Good morning from West Africa. It’s Friday and a bright new day. I wish I can throw a poetry (blog) party!

I’m very grateful to all my followers. I see your comments, likes and suggestions. Honestly, I’m happy knowing you are out there. It means a lot to me, Imeela!

Let’s do more.

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The World’s Greatest

Join me to reflect on this †video clip. You become what you tell yourself.

Wake each morning with a desire to become a better version of you. The world needs your skills and talents, don’t hide them.

It’s a good morning from West Africa. I’m up and thankful. Have a blessed day.

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†Video excerpt from R. Kelly’s World Greatest

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Positive Attitude to Life: Gratitude

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happened- John Miller.

Be thankful for all the gifts of life. We can hear birds sing and smell the flowers scent. We can talk, we can eat! We can smile and feel the touch of loved ones. There’s so much to be thankful for.

Don’t forget that happiness is not something you find, it is what you create. Don’t let past and present events deprive you the sweet things in life. Even in pain we have the capacity to create happiness.

Remember the Joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8.10)

Good morning and have a happy day!

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Thoughts on Happiness

Happiness is a state of the mind. Joy, cheerfulness and a state of prosperity. When you are happy it affects activities (the environment) around you. It shakes away negativity and gloom. Happiness is when you don’t worry much on materiality. Contentment is related to happiness. When you are content with what you have then you have no reason to be sad. Waking to the morning sun, healthy and being grateful is contentment and breeds happiness. So what makes you happy? Why should you be happy? (To be discussed in the next thought on happiness).

Life shakes us all up. Sometimes we have a bucketful of water, other times we have nothing. But the truth is only the living can enjoy the warmth of life. An Igbo saying goes thus Life (health) is greater than wealth, (ndu kariri ihe eji azu ya/ ndu ka uba). So when you are alive, just be thankful and happy. We may not have it all. But are you aware that wealth does not make one happy? So as we struggle for our daily bread, resist any kind of sadness. Look for every means to be happy. If you have a friend that makes you laugh a lot then you are even luckier!

Also, to live a life of happiness one must be grateful. Understanding that you lived another day while many couldn’t make it, will give a picture of relay race. You are still in the race.

If you are reading this, I want you to be happy. Don’t wait for others to make you happy. Treat yourself, make yourself happy. I will write a poem of happiness in the evening.

Good morning from West Africa!

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Though it came a Lil late

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I wish I could chat you all one at a time. Thanks for coming by to read me. The joy of a writer is the audience he has. You guys gave me the nod to go ahead, thanks. Can’t mention all your names for space- followers, readers, commenters and those who had liked my pieces right from the first day, I see you and am always glad seeing you around. I love you guys and you are the reason I write. Let’s continue our work, to write and to paint. And may thanks be to God maker of man, nature and poetry. Happy new 2015 to you all.

And please do not mind the goofing picture of mine greeting you… I am at best being funny.

Oiroegbu Halls