Collaboration

July 3, 2017

Collaboration
A beautiful thing
Two heads together
Better synthesis of Ideas
But where is the respect?
I must look at my side
And you must look at your side
Or else where is the common ground?
What is noticed more and more is
A frame imposed on the other
Not through understanding rudimentary
But force
A square peg does not fit in a round hole
A pity that a project is threatened
By a pathetic lack of emotional awareness
A shame things could end
Yet Collaboration is magnificent
If not with them
Then with another?
A path perilous and difficult
But we try
Collaboration

Serious – a poem by student Asim

June 22, 2017

Serious
Why a reminder?
Rather a state of being
A way of seeing
Straight shooter
Light moods have their place
Back to work
Constant pace
This is the way much is achieved
When The Moment comes
Not so deceived
Serious

My Experience

May 11, 2017

My heart fluttered
Yours didn’t
I was disoriented
You weren’t
I evaluated by relationship with this person
You didn’t
That’s the difference between being me
And you being you
You can try to understand what I feel
If you are willing to try to understand what I feel
But you do not feel what I feel emotionally
Do not say this then is an argument to use against you
The piercing of my heart when I feel I shall tell
In this community, know it, make it well

The “Bold Educator”

April 7, 2017

A pity
Children in the neighbourhood
Futures affected
By gatekeepers
Unwilling
Hypocrisy
Calling parents “partners”
Even an author
But not in their eyes
No attempt
No imagination
Tyranny
A pity

I’m also alive

March 21, 2017

I’m also alive

I know there is “The Other’s” pain
Especially those from destitute areas
It’s immense!
I know
I know
And for a very long time
I was paralyzed by The Other’s situation
How could I ask God for something
When my situation was so small as compared?

Many realities later
That changed
Each time I fell, I thought it was enough
But I fell
And fell
And fell
There is no limit to falling
Oh God, help me rise!
And so I realized:

This is not working anymore
I need to work again!
Can I try?
Don’t die on me brother!
We love you
Get up
Common
Get up!
I’M ALSO ALIVE

God made me
God has a plan for me
God gave me life
It’s mine
And I need to make the best out of my life
My life has my issues
And your life has your issues

I need to solve MY issues
To help solve YOUR issues

And that’s it.
I feel terrible for your situation
But I need to
Be Ready
Be Prepared
Be Healthy
Be Able!

And so I must solve my own issues
I can’t reject my conditions
I just can’t
I’m also alive…

The Road

February 5, 2017

Be desperate
Stop thinking
Take a step
Get back on The Road
Not focusing so much as “Staying on The Road”
Nay
But by being desperate
Realizing
Continuing to do your work
This is the only way to happiness
They never gave you a chance
But you need to give yourself many
The blueprint: Structure

The Road
Stop thinking
Get back on it
Loop it
Each time
Exercising that will
Like a world class athlete
Forget the theories
This was yesterday
The Road

Brother David

January 20, 2017

I remember Brother David
I was a child
Barely six or seven
He used to volunteer at the mosque
He was a convert
In the early 80’s
I still remember his kind words
And his smile
Why did I like him so?
It was his kindness
Oh that kindness
In a child’s world
It’s everything
He liked me too
He called one time
Mother was at the door
Telling me to hurry
So I had to go
Then we moved
I never found Brother David again
But I will never forget him either
I remember Brother David

Unless

January 1, 2017

In one night
Robbery
Twice
Told they agreed with Donald
Refugees should all be banned
Denied the morning prayer
Woke up missing
Welcome to life
Unless

In the end…

December 7, 2016

In the end
Is what you ask yourself
I want performance!
But how can you have performance when you have absolutely no Process?
Human Potential is not a game
It’s a hidden secret
If we were to know it
We would run at every beckoning
Avail the discipline
Shoehorn into the Process
Process equals Progress
But isn’t this our demise?
We were never athletes of Human Potential
Just spectators
Randomly showing glimmers of happiness
But never consistent
Yet we are selfish
We want something despite the Truth
We want it all
It will never happen
Nor should it
In the end
Is what you ask yourself…

Checks and Balances – a poem by @studentasim

July 28, 2016

I realize that I am too weak for my own good
There must be Checks and Balances
Everyone has one or more challenges
Do not approach! Is wisdom
So to ensure we do not indulge
We recognize our limitations
Or our arrogance will deceive us
So we must put in a Check
To Balance
Perhaps this will develop mental resolve over time
So you hope
But never think you cannot relapse
Just when you think you will not
Checks and Balances…