Clocking out of 2016!
Adieu to the painful memories.
Adieu to horrible mistakes.
Adieu to missed opportunities.
And adieu to this year of ups and downs.
However, I will always remember…
Remember the good days I had with you.
Remember the conversations I had with you.
Remember the adventures I had with you.
And remember the all the memories we made together.
As we say hello to this new year, here’s what I promise you.
I promise to continually be better than who I was yesterday,
I promise to continually wear my heart on my sleeve.
I promise to always be there for you, whatever you need.
And I promise to always love you unconditionally.
This message is for everyone who shared this year with me and to those I will soon meet.
For everyone I have been with for how many years I don’t recall.
For everyone at work and at home.
For everyone who supported me.
For everyone who I met this year of whom I am glad to call my friends.
This year 2016 was full of challenges and change
This year 2016 was full of adventure.
This year 2016 was full of stress and surprises.
And this year 2016 was an amazing roller coaster ride.
I expect nothing less of 2017.
Off to bigger and better things for all of us!
Happy New Year!
Take care always, be kind and I’ll see you around!
Akini signing off for 2016! Lots of love.
Underneath a mask with every passing day.
Many will not discover what makes you sway.
Many won’t know what else to say.
Under that mask,
You have taken on such a heavy task.
Carrying all that baggage,
And your mask unknowingly showing its damage.
The mask creates a shield,
Many will see and to approach they will yield.
To relinquish its hold,
One must naive enough and bold.
When it has all fallen away,
Everything else will find its way.
However this must be a chosen narrative,
To perhaps view an alternative perspective.
Contemplating on the words; authenticity, honesty and genuine, has had an interesting impact on my life for the past year. It has taken me on such an adventure and continues to do so. This new adventure has allowed me to understand what those three words REALLY mean, what it means for me and what it means for the people around me…
After a couple of frantic days I finally have time to write my Day 5 poem (very late!). This took me way too long to write this poem. It took me awhile to just sit down and think of how I was going to start and where. Thank God, it all came to me. It was a bit hard to think of “not so clichéd” metaphors but I think I got it down on the end.
Day 5: Map, Ode, Metaphor
The challenge: write about in general terms map(s) or places, in a form of an ode and also by slipping in some metaphor(s) while at it.
I present you my poem below…
Where is the Long White Cloud? ( I thought you’d never ask!)
So the Long White Cloud is Aotearoa. Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand and Aotearoa translates to the Long White Cloud. With this poem I wanted to pay homage to this country that I call home and share a little bit of where I came from.