THE PATH OF HONOUR

Even when you are down
Stay upon the path of honour
And when you are up too
Forget not the path of honour

It is the safeguarding of humanity
The preservation of human nature
Each time you play fair and justly
Regardless of whether it will bring you
Success or failure.

It is not only by joining the WWF
That you can save an endangered species –
Look inward; and make your contribution
By preserving the human in you.

Is there no honour in sports anymore?
Was there never any honour in politics?
To apparel one’s self in the appearance of victory:
Is this worth every means?
When we win like this, who has lost?
Is it not humankind?

The victory of money, power, praise
Upon the path of dishonorable ways
Will haunt humanity’s last days –
It has weakened us
And we have acquired the habit
Of abandoning humanity
Each time we want to achieve our goals.

But you: Deeply observe the dying species
And reflect upon the path of honour
That it still refuses to walk.
The path of honour: Walk this way.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije.

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THE INTUITION

Many thousand years have passed
And many thousand more will too
But when it’s over you will see
That the lies still have not changed the truth

Intellect will build a ship
That will fly to distant stars
But only intuition will know
What makes human beings happy
What makes human hearts happy..

Believe that you can make a change
Then spend your life trying
Speak your mind and be free
Before dying

Because the intellect will find a cure
For every sickness on this earth
But only the Intuition will know
What makes human beings happy
What makes human hearts truly happy..

It’s irrelevant if the seeds you sow
Do not yield fruit in your lifetime
It doesn’t mean a thing if no-one applauds
As long as deep within, you touch the happiness
Of having been true to yourself.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije.

NON-MATERIAL THINGS

How frail the body
How it ages
And falls to sickness prey
And life is as a day…

If you send me pictures and reports
Of you enjoying material things
And hope to thereby impress me
Or make me envious
Would you still have the depth of perception to understand
That I pity you?

Send me a greeting to say
How are you? I wish you well…
Then will I see therein your Height
Like an arrow to the heart
That humbles and heals my Spirit.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije.

SIGNALS

Two Little birds
sitting on a tree
one flies away, one hops down
yet they both have wings

Two Little men
working in the fields
one is alive and one is dead
yet they are both in life

It is the joy of laughing that makes me laugh
not the funniness of your jokes
It is the wit of my words that makes you laugh
not the joy of laughing

It is the joy of living that makes me live
not the fear of dying
It is the fear of dying that attaches you to life
not the joy of living

Two Little rabbits
facing Mother-Wolf
one is scuttling and one is whining
yet they both have feet.

Signals.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije

LESSONS FROM MY FATHER

1. Don’t be afraid to be on the losing side

2. Believe in yourself

3. Identify a cause you would be proud to die for – and then live for it

4. Exercise

5. Avoid the things that harm your body

6. Be on good terms with your family members

7. Know where you come from, and maintain a close relationship with it

8. Think strategically

9. Create opportunities for those less priviledged than yourself

10. Reflect on your path and change it, if need be

11. Think about Africa, for the danger is not yet over

12. Get an education

13. Work extra hard

14. Cultivate a relationship with GOD. He is.

15. Don’t be blindly tribalistic or racial. Look for the truth, and give your loyalty to It alone

16. Serve causes, not people

17. Be fearless

18. Be disciplined, and persevere

19. Be honest and straightforward, and follow the path of integrity

20. Have faith, and believe in miracles – there’ll be help along the way

21. Earn your own money, pay your own bills

22. If you have children, give them your all

23. If you get married, do your best to keep it happy

24. Strive for Excellence

25. Be at home within your own self.

– Che Chidi Chukwumerije
In loving Memory of my father, Comrade Uche Chukwumerije 1939-2015.

LIKE A CLOUD WATCHES A RAIN DROP FALL

Like a cloud watches a rain drop fall
An archer a misguided arrow reject recall
A mountain an avalanche gather and roll
A doctor a young departing soul
An old woman the memory of early innocent flirt
A tailor a beloved yarn vanish into a shirt
So I remember tonight all those I ever hurt –
Growing up is life’s only comfort.

– CHE CHIDI CHUKWUMERIJE.

NO LAWS CAN SAVE A NATION

The simplicity of reality
Drag me down to earth
Some mistakes can be corrected
Only through death and rebirth

But it takes even more strength
To live with your unrectified error
And if you can no longer change your path
Then go it with virtue and valour

The outer Change is not as important
As the inner Transformation
If individuals stay inwardly corrupt
No laws can save a Nation

And when you lose your fear
Of mockery and condescension
You’ll see that most People are simply Followers
For fear of ostracization.

Che Chidi Chukwumerije.