Dear London – Short Poem

Dear London and Manny, thank you for your spirit,

Through tragedy and trial, with love you pushed through it,

Those shocking, heart-breaking and gut-wrenching nights,

Of so few so cowardly, it begs the question “Why?”

Disastrous, unfathamable, careless-little-minds,

Descended on your streets, steeling from them many lives,

Demonically possessed, with intent to spread fear,

Instead were met with bravery, and love beyond compare,

Arising from the ashes, dusted off in defiance,

“Enough is enough!” Fear shall never define us,

Nor will it divide us, but bring us ever closer,

Lest victory be handed, to those mindless little loners,

In a game of top trumps, love triumphs over all,

Not acting like Pharisees, who’d look but ignore,

And to the many helpers, who acted on instinct,

Stared death in the face, yet helped without flinching,

Known to mind your business, the way you mind the gap,

Instead you flipped the script, with love unwrapped,

We thank you for you bravery, we thank you for your love,

Refreshing and brotherly, beyond and above.

1 Year Today: Annual Review

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Wow!! What a year it has been.

Full of challenge, joy, reflection, creativity and more. I’d firstly like to thank God for being incredible through it all. Thanks also to each of you for supporting my blog in its first year. I sincerely hope you have been encouraged, motivated, or challenged in one way or another. Here’s to another year of art, music, poetry, and other random thoughts. Peace

“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” [Proverbs 3:6]

All posts (12 Dec 2015-12 Jan 2016):

Top 10 posts in 2015

  1. Architecture: Isn’t that like 7 years?
  2. Learn generosity when you are poor
  3. Creative Blogger Award
  4. Father I Turn to You (by Jahaziel)
  5. My Testimony – New Life
  6. Tales of Insecurity – Short Poem
  7. Welcome to my world!
  8. “Poor man’s tale – Short Poem”
  9. “Tales of an Introvert – Short Poem”
  10. “Mindless Violence – Short Poem”

Poem Stats (Jan-Mar 2015)Poem Stats (Mar-Dec 2015)


2016.. the journey continues..

9 Month Review: September 2015

Designer Outlet Village, Ashford

Hello and welcome to my latest monthly review. I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed following Reposed Thought over the past 9 months. It’s been a real joy for me to write about all kinds of stuff that is close to my heart. Some of my favourite posts have included:

  • my testimony – new life
  • tales of an introvert – short poem
  • last nights weird dream
  • architecture: isn’t that like 7 years?

Some of my aspirations from the beginning were to inspire, motivate and humour you [the reader], but also to encourage you [through my insights] to share your own hidden talents with others.

As I lay down one evening and brainstormed potential blog names, a lot of different topics ran through my mind that I felt quite passionate about sharing (such as my Christian faith, love of music, football, photography etc). Having taken the first steps into the blogging world, I found the challenge of writing stuff to an audience that I didn’t personally interact with quite a tough yet exciting challenge. Several thoughts go through my mind before making any post. For example: Who might read this? How will they interpret it? Does it make any sense? If its a written piece, does it flow? etc.

Providentially, at the time I was starting my blog, there was a story-telling workshop organised by my tutor (quite random for architecture, you might think). Well, those were my thoughts exactly. What I didn’t realise, however, was how pivotal that workshop would be for my soon to be established blog. It was where I wrote my first ever poem called “The Angry Sharpness Monster” – Check it out here with its back story:

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/the-angry-sharpness-monster/

To date, I have written a total of 12 original poems (Including this months ‘Lost Ones’ listed below). I share this NOT as a way of gloating (sorry if it comes across that way), but as an encouragement for you to recognise that you are special and unique in your own beautiful way. I believe that God made each one of us with a purpose and as part of that, he has equipped us with different talents and abilities that are special. Even if its making other people smile, that in itself is a special gift. So let your light shine that others may see. You never know what might come from it or who you might bless. I know I’ve used this verse over and over again, but it never ceases to be true:

“I praise You [God], for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

(Psalm 139:14)

Now onto this months brief review.

All Posts (12 Sept-12 Oct)

5 Month Review: May 2015

Bristol Harbourside

Hello. Summers virtually here and I haven’t been as busy on the blogging front, but here’s a quick look back on all posts from the last month. To bulk it up a little, I’ve also included some previous posts you may have missed. Thanks again for stopping by, supporting and engaging with the material 🙂

All Posts (May 12 – June 12, 2015)

– Visiting Belfast, Northern Ireland [PHOTOGRAPHY] – Taken while on a recent visit to this lovely city. Check it out!!

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/visiting-belfast-northern-ireland/

– “Budget Airline Tales” – Short Poem [POETRY] – Inspired to write this while sat in the departure lounge on route to Belfast.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/budget-airline-tales-short-poem/

One’s you may have missed

– The Angry Sharpness Monster [POETRY] – Resulting from a day long story telling/creative writing workshop as part of my final year

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/01/13/the-angry-sharpness-monster/

– Chipolopolo 2015: Can History Repeat Itself? [POETRY] – A throwback to the “good times” of Zambian football, namely 2012 edition of the Africa Cup. I wrote this poem just before the tournament this year, but sadly we fell drastically short of our own standards set in 2012.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/chipolopolo-2015-can-history-repeat-itself/

– Learn generosity when you are poor [THOUGHTS] – A few thoughts on generosity, inspired by a sermon I heard around that time

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/01/17/learn-generosity-when-you-are-poor/

– Mindless Violence – Short Poem [POETRY] – Short, Snappy, rhyming poem against mindless violence. Written back in January, it was one of my early favourite poems

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/mindless-violence-short-poem/

4 Month Review: April 2015

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Belfast, Northern Ireland

Four months and an award!

Thanks so much for stopping by and engaging with the material. It’s been a fun ride so far. There’s a lot more stuff currently in draft format, so stay tuned as it will soon be ready to post. In the mean time, here’s a review of the last months posts.

All Posts (April 12 – May 12)

Creative Blogger Award [BLOG AWARD] – My first ever blogging award. Woohoooo!!!! I was nominated for this because of my poetry’s said eloquence, thought-provoking nature and Christian themes. This came as a great surprise and encouragement for me at a time when my university deadlines were looming.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/creative-blogger-award/

– Kent in Spring [PHOTOGRAPHY] – Capturing the colourful, peaceful landscapes and plants that make the Kent countryside so beautiful. I loved spending a few days in the county better known as ‘The Garden of England’.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/kent-in-spring/

Robert Louis Stevenson Quote [FOOD FOR THOUGHT] – Words of wisdom from a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist and travel writer.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/robert-louis-stevenson-quote/

INSPIRATIONAL + UPLIFTING MUSIC WEEK

For one week last month, I shared a song-a-day that I found inspirational, uplifting or thought-provoking. Each song I found helpful while working on my final university assignment. Have a listen!

#1: “Always” – by Kirk Franklin [MUSIC] – Old but gold. This one always conjures up beautiful, nostalgic memories of years gone by. Almost all of Kirk’s music I find to be uplifting, musically outstanding, and lyrically on-point. This one is certainly no different.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/29/always-by-kirk-franklin/

#2: “Can’t give up now” – by Mary Mary [MUSIC] – Words so poignant, yet rich in depth and meaning, lifting up the wounded, depressed and broken heart. Written in 2001, the weight of the words have added significance following the sad and sudden events of 9/11. “Nobody told me the road would be easy and I don’t believe he’s brought me this far to leave me”

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/cant-give-up-now-by-mary-mary/

#3: “Beautifully Made” – by Leah Smith [MUSIC] – Appropriately named (after the way it was put together), this relaxing and reflective song challenges low self-esteem and a lack of self worth, while reminding us of the words from the Psalms which say: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/beautifully-made-by-leah-smith/

#4: “Did it again” – by Guvna B [MUSIC] – With lyrics like “I did it again!” “Where do I go?” “Don’t wanna be a slave to this”.. and “Feels like I’m trapped inside”, this song serves as a deep, honest, personal reflection for when we’ve done wrong – knowingly or not – but offers hope at the end.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/02/did-it-again-by-guvna-b/

#5: “My life is in your hands” – by Kirk Franklin [MUSIC] – Powerful, powerful song! One of my favourite especially when faced with tough life challenges. This song served as a personal comfort the past few years as close members of my wider family sadly passed away.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/03/my-life-is-in-your-hands-by-kirk-franklin/

#6: “Looking for love” – by Trip Lee [MUSIC] – “You’ve tried the pleasures of this world but still there’s something missing, ‘coz’ when you close your eyes at night you can feel your heart still searching..”

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/05/04/looking-for-love-by-trip-lee/

3 Month Review: March 2015

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Three months into my blog and I’d just like to say a huge thank you for all your support, comments, likes, follows, shares etc. Always incredible hearing that someone’s been impacted in one way or another by my simple musings on life. Stay tuned for more content this coming month. In the mean time, here’s a look back on the last months posts. Peace 🙂

All Posts (March 12 – April 12)

Kitchen Table Wisdom – by Rachel Naomi Remens (food for thought) https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/03/16/kitchen-table-wisdom-by-rachel-naomi-remens/

Last Nights Weird Dream – Re-living a very random dream I had a few weeks ago https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/last-nights-weird-dream/

Recent Black/White Photography https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/recent-blackwhite-photography/

Good Friday https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/03/good-friday/

“Easter” – Short Poem – https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/easter-short-poem/

“The Art of Blagging” – Short Poem https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/04/09/the-art-of-blagging-short-poem/

Last Nights Weird Dream

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All I remember is that a group of 10 close friends and I had robbed a bank for about £2.3 million.


4 of us then cheekily decided to ditch the group with all the money and run down an endless narrow staircase that was dimly lit. Closely pursued by armed police and angry friends that we tried to ditch, we burst through a door at the bottom into a dark underground car park. My friend, Ben, had an old school BMW 3 series and we all jumped in (magically without any luggage, considering the robbery).

Once in the car, we sat quietly and then started to pray for protection and a safe journey. This wasn’t a quick prayer either as we each prayed for ages and somehow no one found us in that time. I kept saying “boys, you need to lock your doors and stay low in case someone finds us.”

After all this, Ben crouched under the car light and punched coordinates into his gps for where we were going (slowest.robbery.ever). Once we had eventually finished fafing around with postcodes, addresses and discussing directions, we slowly drove around the car park trying to work our way out.

I kept whispering, “boys, lock your doors!” “Ben, turn the lights off!” We met a policeman as we drove passed the same door we burst through minutes earlier and he seemed oblivious to the situation for a while. He stood guarding the door with an ear piece and a huge gun. Someone must have said something in his ear as He saw us and slowly started to walk our way. Don’t really remember what happened to him, but the next thing I remember we were trying to negotiate our way out of an awkwardly shaped exit route using a 3 point turn. We’d reverse, go back and forth and try again. While doing this, a long black tinted American limo pulled up alongside us. They needed us to make way for the president (#randomIknow).

We broke through the barrier as cops, friends and now strangers started running after us. We sped off under the double height overhang and for some weird reason, turned around at the end of the road. We must have jumped out as I only remember running back towards the car park entrance being pummelled with stuff, especially by our friends who were angry about the fact that we tried to ditch them. They were effectively on the cops side at this point even though a few minutes ago they had tried to rob a bank with us. We ran around the side of the building and suddenly it was daytime and we were outside the White House.

One of the guys, Josh, had to leave us early as he had to go and look after his baby (in real life he doesn’t have a child). A random intermediate period followed when I was all on my own being chased by randomers in the street. I had a quick stop off at the corner shop to buy a drink. Slight queue at the till but I waited my turn.

I headed back onto the streets once again and I was chased by people with machetes till I bumped into another friend called Matt. We had a quick catch up before he casually walked me to a house door, up a few steps and knocked. We waited calmly and listened to the melody of birds singing sweetly in the background. Josh came out with his baby and we all went in. “Mate, nice house,” we both exclaimed. As architecture students, we started analysing and critiquing it in different ways.

We all went in and had some tea (Britishness). His house was similar to the lush villas you get in Chelsea or Knightsbridge in south-west London with the massive stepped-back porches and 5 storeys, which include a basement and a loft. I said to them “I’d feel a lot safer on the top floor, because if anyone finds us, it’s the last place they’ll get to in the house.” So we all camped out in the massive 5th floor bathroom and mused at the artwork on the wall and enjoyed the views across the sunny city.

At this point I woke up feeling quite confused, slightly sweaty with my heart pounding. Two things ran through my head at this point; 1. “Man, I’m gonna be late for uni?” And 2. “What was all that about?”

I don’t dream much and very rarely do I remember my dreams. But when I do, they’re often something like this – completely random!

2 Month Review: Feb 2015

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Thanks again for your support. Here’s a quick summary of what I’ve been up to over the past month in the blogger-sphere. Still lots to come, so stay tuned 🙂


All posts (Feb 12 – March 12)

– “Poor Man’s Tale” – Short Poem – Inspired by an experience I had a few weeks earlier when 2 homeless people asked for money. My response was like most people, I presume, but was I right?

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/poor-mans-tale-short-poem/

– 1 Month Review – Top 10 Posts – Review of last month’s blog posts

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/1-month-thanks-for-stopping-by/

– “Tales of an Introvert” – Short Poem – An introverted perspective on life.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/tales-of-an-introvert-short-poem/

– What is love? – Valentines special. The bibles definition of what love is.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/what-is-love/

– Welcome Home – Guvna B (ft Ja Rule Interlude) – Thought provoking music challenging the traditional view of church being for a specific type of person. Also features interview with BET, MTV and GQ award winner Ja Rule whose view of church as ‘strict’ was flipped in an incredible experience. Well worth a listen.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/welcome-home-guvna-b-ft-ja-rule-interlude/

– Letter to Hip Hop – Reflections on the song ‘Dear Hip Hop – by Bizzle’ who challenges the lessons that mainstream hip hop teaches us. Check it out.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/02/28/letter-to-hip-hop/

– Football Culture: An emotional connection – As a football lover, I share my thoughts on the weight of emotion that we often place on the beautiful game.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/02/18/football-culture-an-emotional-connection/

– “Anti-social Media” – Short Poem – Losing touch with those around because of endless ‘social media’ distractions?Here’s a short poem inspired by this very topic.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/anti-social-media-short-poem/

Updated Pages:

– YouTube Channel (updated) – My covers of several songs I like. Enjoy!

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/youtube-channel/

– About (updated) – Still unsure what the blogs about, check out the about me page.

https://reposedthought.wordpress.com/about/

Thanks for stopping by 🙂