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Friday, 19 September 2008

Just the way you are...

"that's why i need you to know
i've found a reason for me
to change who i used to be
a reason to start over new
and the reason is u..."
- The Reason, Hoobastank

I relocated on saturday, to another part of Lagos and in the midst of my things I found this poem I wrote at least seven years ago:

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE

You are who you are
despite who people want you to be
You can be a Star
Even if those changes don't come to be

Learning to take people as they come is not easy
even diamonds don't come pretty
until they've gone through a lot of hitting
as the best of you forms gradually, it won't be difficult
to appreciate the beauty

From my heart I've come to love you deeply
learning to hold you more dearly
even if it's too hard to believe as it is
I'm loving you just the way you are and that is it



then i wrote a note to the friend i wrote it to saying:
I tried so hard to write something for you and this is it
there may be no beauty to the words but they are as sincere as sincerity comes.

Before you guys tell me about my lack of poetry skills, lemme ask you something,

If your parents told you that a prophet told them to inform you that you should not go out the whole of September, because they foresaw that you could die...
Then another friend calls you to say she was walking down the road one day, when a "prophet" walked up to her and asked her if she had a friend who is *inserts a perfect description of you* and when she affirms, told her to warn you not to venture out of the house this September...

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? pray tell me.

49 comments:

bumight said...

are you sure you wrote this for "just a friend"? ...just asking

as for ur question: Obedience is better than sacrifice

miz-cynic said...

will think my mom and the friend tag-teamed and go out more in september lol

mizchif said...

Hmmm, i can't lie, i will be afraid o. But me i will go to church, to see a Pastor i trust to pray with me, me too i will pray and ask Baba God to lead me o, because i'm sure even god would not want me to put my life on hold for a whole month!

Kin'shar said...

Hey Im firstttttttttt, and first time here.....


wow very inspirational...I hope that it was you that made you change for you. Neva change for someone that sees you as an option when you treat them as a priority!!

Stay sweet and dont be a stranger!

Shubby Doo said...

is this why you are looking for me?

Shubby Doo said...
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Shubby Doo said...

i can comment on your poem now abi?

very nice...was this about your snuffy 2?

ablackjamesbond said...

This is a tough one...but like they say, out of the mouth of two or three witnesses, let every word be confirmed...u have 2 witnesses...I will say you stay in doors prayerfully.

But who r these prophets? Are they asking for anythg in return for the message? Do they want payment for prayers? If yes...I'll probably not listen to them.

Finally, there is also an inner witness, what can u feel from within? That for me is usually the best witness.

Nice poem by the way.

For the love of me said...

I would say you pray and ask God for guidance and protection and then you hit the streets.
coz in my opinion God don't work like that, why would he tell you not to go out? or were they other instructions attached, like meditate on the word or seek his face all month or smething.

Shubby Doo said...

Sept is nearly over so don't go out…

I know me sha I would go out but only if I feel I have adequate holy protection…

So go out only:

1) after being doused in holy water by a Reverend

2) after reading and memorising the bible passage Ephesians 6: 10- 17

3) after praying… hard… for life…praying for God's will to be done and for him to be merciful… that all perils that may fall will never come to pass… that God sends the Angels to be an armour and for him to wage a spiritual warfare against such a prophecy…

p.s
by mother taught me a variation of the something said by Titelman… his words were… 'Forewarned is forearmed'… basically knowledge of imminent danger can prepare us to overcome it… by obedience… or by defiance… but in such cases one should ALWAYS seek help from the Lord and ask to ‘Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit…’ - Ephesians 6:17

naijalines said...

I am not one to believe in superstition but all the same why tempt fate? Sometimes, these vibes take on a life of their own. I'd stay indoors.

Love your poem. Aburo mi ma binu o. 'Email you today, sogbo. I've had a busy time lately. I'd like to give the email all the loving it needs before it comes your way xoxoxo.

rayo said...

my dear, i shall totally sit my ass down at home if i hear such.

FineBoy Agbero said...

Like Shubby said in her post: faith over fate.

I'd believe d warnins but of course pray hard abt dem. God wldnt av given d warnings if he knew u cldnt avert d danger. He gave dem so u cld pray and get closer to him...

Kai! When i become preacher sef? Agbero like me!!!

(I dey pray 4 u sha; na only becos of ur lips o!!! LOL!)

No shakin, dear!!!

Jarrai said...

Hmm...i don't know oo...am very superstitious but i believe that God is in control so i will pray and head out...if anymore people see this "prophet" i will ask them to direct him to me

Don't worry too much hun...you are under a conquerer..he is in control.

Shubby Doo said...

where is my other comment dear...you no go release am?

doll said...

it will put the fear of God in me no doubt but will I be willing to stay locked up at home for a whole month. NO. so I guess I’l pray bout it. Tell God that if it is really an instruction from him to me he should give me a sign

Smaragd said...

BUMIGHT, yes i did dear, a female friend at that... and no, i'm not a lesbian...lol.

MIZ-CYNIC, oh now i know why i thot i'd been to ur page, i mistook u for Mizchif! glad i found ur page though. u will go out more eh? ok o...lol

MIZCHIF, true words bae, very true!

KIN'SHAR, sorry lurv, not first, maybe next time? about changing, can't say i've changed much...lol

SHUBBY DOO-BE-DO, lol, no it's not why i'm looking for u. thanx, and no the poem's not about snuffy. why did u delete your long comment? i liked it!
*pouts*

BLACK007, you are right about confirming with ur inner witness. this isnt about me though, a friend told me and i found it amusing, then on deeper thought, i wondered what i'd do if it was me. and then i decided to ask u guys!
thanx

FOR THE LOVE, my exact same thoughts babe, BUT then i still wonder what i'd do if it was me!lol

NAIJALINES, lol, better to be safe than sorry eh? i cannot binu to my egbon, and i await your mail, cant wait to get all that loving!

RAYO, lol, abi o.

FBA, thank u. so u are not only fine, an agbero, but a preacher as well! u are getting sexier by the minute hon...lol

Smaragd said...

JARRAI, i like to believe i'm not superstitious yea, but i know inwardly that i am a teensy weensy bit so. thanx, but it's not me though, it's a friend of a friend.

SHUBBY, i just put up a comment asking u about it! i've gone and moderated it again now...lol.

DOLL, but isnt there a part of u that will be paranoid at every sign of danger if u do go out? it's a good thing though, that the girl this is happening to is not working, that's all i can say!

tobenna said...

I would make my peace with God and go out in September.
Period.

bArOquE said...

i'm not a superstitious person, & superstitious people know exactly how to get on my nerves (esp my mother)...its a personal decision, do what your heart says, anyway, September don nearly finish...btw, why am i hearing about this now?

aloted said...

God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind..

i concur with those that said go with the inner spirit and pray hard...

Bible says watch and pray. it is well

Nice poem!! Hmm are u sure it was for just a friend??? Just checking

Jaycee said...

First, I loved the poem?

Second, what would I do? Test those spirits...who are those prophets? Do they just go around prophesying abt people's fates? Where are they from? What religion? I'd have many questions...but most of all, I'd pray and be cautious of my surroundings...

God dey...

Jaycee said...

I personally love the responses of For the Love of Me & Aloted, so I echo their responses after them (in addition to mine)...

"God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind..."

Aphrodite said...

Afraid catch me as i read the gist on ur friend. If i was her, i wont venture outside o. I'd stay indoors reading my bible and fasting for God's protection.

Vox populi, Vox Dei(The voice of people is the voice of God)

Buttercup said...

I love that song! Love ur poem n the note was cute.. :D

Well, as some have said, have faith that God will protect..but for the fact that 2 people mentioned it, a lil caution wudnt hurt..

Zena said...

Prolly talk to the Pastor I know about it,then see what he/she says, I wouldn't go though, I dey fear, especially around this time, when sooo many things r happening to people I know

You have to tell me when u update, I cannot be 23 abi 24ahn!ahn

Meanwhile, I love that hoobastank song, It's like on my wedding list songs, as in the words are just....I wanna be in love

And the poem was wonderful

Ade Adeyemi said...

great poem, the sincerity rings through... the greatest gift anyone can give another is the ability to let them be themselves around you. No pretences, no reforms just let them be themselves... As for the prophet... I'll think that it is too much power to let another decide my destiny and as always would put all things in the hands of God. A whole month?... wow! sounds like a conspiracy.

Sprezatura said...

there seems to be loads of prophet related posts in september, i really dont believe in this prophet walking up to people thingy, cos i was once a victim at allen junction, i was saved by a plain cloth officer who had been tailing the bastards, i still wonder how they knew details of what was going on in my life. Anyway take your time and pray.

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

Pray hard to God for guidance. And then sit my behind at home, lol!!!!

Mz. Dee said...

Hmm... i wud pray my dear. Pray for God's protection and guidance each day.

I wudnt go anywhere dat wud put me in risk of fatal danger.

I would talk to my pastor.

I would take any dreams i have criously!

All the best love...and ur poem is lovely.

Kin'shar said...

hey I thought I was first....guess I posted too late, well I guess that means that I was fourth



lol

Miss Definitely Maybe said...

nice poem
about the stay at home thingy
mmmmmmmmmm
tricky
Only works if you are self employed or run a home business
those bills dont pay themselves.
I would pray hard ( but i already do anyway)
other than that I wouldnt change my life style.

Red Sapphire said...

I am sure everyone has told u to pray and i would ask u to do the same.Requires serious prayer,if u haven't been close to God,pls i advocate a serious walk with HIM.

AlooFar said...

You wrote this 7 years ago?

I'd like to read more poetry on this blog ;)

Me no get answer to the question.

Tairebabs said...

My middle name is doubting thomas but to tell you the truth I NO WAN DIE O at least not for many many years to come, so I will stay in doors and cast prayers like mad.

tobenna said...

Smaragd, where are you.... come back

Chari said...

DON'T GO...its what i'd do!

Aijay said...

awww.. thats a beautiful poem.
As for ur question, I'll do a lot of praying... but who r those prophets???

aloted said...

hi girl...where u at? come and update pls..

Uzezi said...

prophets ke?

once u r a true christian the covenant u have with God, offers a lot of promises and dying young isn't one of them.

The devil tries to scare us in believing rubbish. Dont ever tell anyone have the last word, when that word does not follow the direction of the God u serve.

when u hear stuff like that, just talk to God and resolve it and move on with ur life.






Nice poem. poetry doesn't really have its special skills as far as i am concerned, because people will always write it differently, and i love poems i can read once and understand.

Uzezi said...

and u can still donate o. just go to ypinigeria.com and get the details for donating, or donate through me.


so u moved. Now on ur own? Big girl.

maybe ur folks told u that to discourage u from moving.

Sherri said...

i wud smile and quote Robert Burton " the fear of death is worse than death"

and don a nice wig, some dark shades and go about my business.i wud also warn my friends against wearing anything that belongs to me to avoid mistaken identity walloping from the incompetent mr death.
why fear a mr death who can't find my house o jare?

how are u?

OluwaDee said...

"You are who you are despite who people want you to be"

I will shun d pple, cos there r just to many fake prophets out there.

But I will pary 2 God 4 long life.

InCogNaija said...

i am not such a great fan of prophetic warnings...not to say that they r all entirely baseless, but i like to think that God would not ask me to stay home the whole month...i have things to do...Bible said that "he who does not work, shall not eat". i want to eat, so i must work. Might not go out for frivolities but i will go out, albeit sparingly and maybe with armored cars and body guards!!

Zena said...

it is time for you to update ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooohhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FFF said...

i really like dat poem oh.

as 4 d whole prophet thing, i guess all i can say is dat i don't believe in such things. weda it works or not, or dat there r geninue ones or not matters not 2 me. whatever God has 2 tell me, i prefer if he says it directly 2 me, thank u very much



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FineBoy Agbero said...

Sexy lips,

Update oooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vera Ezimora said...

I will stock up for the entire September and stay home. Lai lai. My enemies will never ever get me...lol. I will buy/rent/borrow enough Naija flicks 2 keep me company while I'm hybernating too.

Queen of My Castle said...

where are you, luv? Today is your nephew's 4th birthday!!!!