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Super Tuesday

Caroline Kennedy wrote an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times endorsing Barack Obama and comparing Obama to her father. Personally, Obama reminds me of JFK’s brother, Robert, but I digress.

This Tuesday will not only be Fat Tuesday, but also Super Tuesday, when over 20 states votes will hold caucuses or primaries for their delegates to vote for a presidential candidate. Below is an excerpt from Ulysses by Alfred Lord Tennyson, John F. Kennedy’s favorite poem and one that is most fitting for this upcoming Tuesday:

(The entire poem is here)

There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail;
There gloom the dark, broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil’d, and wrought, and thought with me,–
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads,– you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honor and his toil.
Death closes all; but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks;
The long day wanes; the slow moon climbs; the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends.
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down;
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles
,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho’ much is taken, much abides; and tho’

We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,–
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.


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Are You Satisfied With The Life You’re Living?

A friend of mine commented on the lack of posts lately, and really, I do not have an answer for him, one that will suffice anyway. I have some posts that are saved in draft form that I haven’t actually posted on-line. I don’t know if I will ever post them. So friend, I have been writing, just haven’t been posting :).

So what have I been doing lately? I have been discovering me. I have fallen in love with the possibilities of something greater. I have decided the kind of life I want to live and I am trying to find a way of living it that way—happy, healthy, content. I have found a voice within that is constantly reminding me to be true to myself and that in return, being true to myself will be being true to God. He has already instilled in me that truth.

Bob Marley once said, “Open your eyes and look within and are you satisfied with the life you’re livin'”( I worked on a mural with Bob’s picture and those same words on Theodore Roosevelt High School’s walls in DC, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day). Dem some deep words right der. Sure there are things that I wish I could do more of— I wish I had more money so I didn’t have to worry about going to India, or second guess taking a writing class. However, I am satisfied with where I am at the moment. I am on a journey trying to be good to myself, trying to be good to people. Taking care of stuff that happened in my past that might show up in my present and learning to love again.

The tagline for my blog is, ” I Celebrate Myself…” the first line of Whitman’s “Songs of Myself,” one of the most pure and unpretentious words strung together. So what am I  doing when I am not posting? I am celebrating the people around me, the lessons, my history, my deen (religion), humanity. I am celebrating me…

So now I turn around and ask you, “what have you been up to, friend? Are you satisfied with the life you are living, when you look within?