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Thinking of Michael Jackson

The recent death of Michael Jackson reminded me of this poem I wrote a few years ago titled If I should die (see below).  When I dug the poem out and read it, I could see why it had come to my mind

Michael has indeed accomplished his life’s work and left his and ideas as legacy not just for those alive today but for generations of people who are yet unborn.  We need not weep for Michael but celebrate his life for this is one man who went empty -  to the grave giving to life all he had to give.

So here’s to Michael who had given so much to our world – Rest in Peace and thanks for not being selfish. Thank you for giving all you had to make the world a better place.



If I should die

If I should die this day

Roll out the drums and celebrate

Let no eye be moist

Let no tear drop

For when I die

My life’s work is done


Many came in the world before me

Others came when I did

Lots have come after me

And many more are yet to come

Millions have died unfulfilled

Pregnant with ideas

They were laid to rest

Life and purpose dead and gone

Buried under cold stone slabs


This prayer did pass across my lips

Lord let this not be my lot

Give me the strength to run my course

And A sense of purpose

For focus each day

God faithful as He is

Promised me grace to run the race


Thus if this be the day I die

Weep not for me I say

For when I die

I go empty to the grave

Every one of my dreams fulfilled

My mission fully accomplished

My vision and ideas as legacy I leave

For those who are yet to be

© 2001 Ibitomilade Adejuyigbe (aka Tomi Akinyanmi).


July 19, 2009 Posted by | poetry, Tomi | , | Leave a comment

Mental Pabulum July 18, 2009

You can never change a person, you only change their thoughts and you don’t really change their thoughts you merely subdue one for another which means the subdued thought can resurface at any time.

July 18, 2009 Posted by | mental pabulum, Tomi | , , | Leave a comment

Mental Pabulum

I’m adding a new category of posts called mental pabulum which in everyday English means – food for thought.  Watch out for the weekly posts and leave your comments.

Here is the Mental Pabulum for this week:

People who are envious of you will always try to put you down. They never recognize your successes instead they magnify your weaknesses. They would never let you forget your failures. The reason for their behavior is this: the only way they get to feel better about themselves and move past their own failures is either by putting by on the same level as themselves or by putting you beneath them. What you need to do, is to flee from the company of such people otherwise you’ll only end up seeing yourself as a failure all the time. Pause and think on this.

July 11, 2009 Posted by | mental pabulum, Tomi | , , , , | 3 Comments

Jungle Justice



Ingrate’s men are wailed the tree

I give to him the air he breathes

I shelter him in the storm

Yet grateful to me he wouldn’t be

He cuts me up and drains my blood

My limbs he uses for his fire

Ah such agony he gives to me

For to my children he does the same

You think that agony says the sea

I give to him the clouds he needs

I bear him unto distant lands

Yet with dyes he poisons me

And perhaps you haven’t heard

How he from the cradles my children snatches up

A murderer him I would call

How he loves you both says the sky

I shelter him from the sun

Dangerous gases I keep away

Yet my face he does not want to see

Thus with smoke and gases he chokes me up

And all because he has the power

An oppressor that’s what he is

Shut you all up says the land

What of I who hold you all in place

I give to man a stepping stone

But what does he give in return

Large holes he digs into me

And my innards he exploits

My liver he uses for a chain

My spleen for his earrings use

My heart uses he for his fuel

And now I hear you all cry out

What more agony could be

Greater than this

Aye all you call man that he is and more

A destroyer that’s my name for him

What do we they all cried out?

For we can see he respects us not

I will began the land

Refuse the holes in me to refill

“And I will……” he also says

Under the sea hide my face

Then…. said the sea with glee

I will flood all his lands

His poisons I also will

Give back to him for his drink

Then the sky says to them

I will roll up my skirts right away

And let the wicked gases have their way

As for me says the tree

I will no children bear again

One day none of me he will find

To build his fire then he’ll die from cold

How then they clapped and rejoiced

A way out…… they all had found

To deliver justice unto man


© 1999 Ibitomilade Adejuyigbe (aka Tomi Akinyanmi).

June 29, 2009 Posted by | poetry, Tomi | , | Leave a comment



As I lay me down to rest

Thoughts of the day gone

Memories of challenges overcame

And reflections of dreams yet unfulfilled

Flicker across my weary mind


I fell asleep

Yet my brain would not

And through the night

Countless thoughts it did recall

Filling my mind with dread

for the coming day


What fights lie in stock?

What challenges coming on?

What strategy to employ

Yet these all eluded me

For the day was yet to come


I woke up at dawn

A smile across my kips

No matter what lies before

I never would give up


© 1999 Ibitomilade Adejuyigbe (aka Tomi Akinyanmi).

June 22, 2009 Posted by | poetry, Tomi | | Leave a comment

Out of the shadows

I’m coming out of the shadows

long has my face been hid

now I push aside the veil of doubts

reaching out,

I embrace the light of truth.

Risk is a normal part of life

failures too another norm

he who would in life succeed

must learn to put doubt and fear

in their place

far behind his eyes

that he may see his dream

and fight to make them real.


For ages fear held me in its grips

and terrified that I should fail

I sought solace in the abyss of despair

too scared to take a risk

now that truth has shed its light on me

i have courage found

to take a step and dare to hope

that my dreams are within my grasp.


Though doubts and fears lurk still

in some corners of my mind

if the shadows will be no more

I must be strong and move ahead

a step at a time the way to go

then I am certain to attain

that which I now clearly see

right before my eyes.


© 2009 Tomi Akinyanmi

June 15, 2009 Posted by | poetry, Tomi | | 2 Comments