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Mother. Sister. Friend.

Posted by tpegonline on May 13, 2012

This poem is a series of 11 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This poem is dedicated to my sister, Toshia. She has been the best sister imaginable and is a dutiful mother to her children and daughter to her children. She is also a wonderful wife to my brother-in-law, Al.

I love you, Toshia!

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“Mother. Sister. Friend.”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved

Happy Mothers Day!
You are a great mother, sis.
Your girls are so sweet.

I first became an
uncle when Danielle was born.
Ashley came later.

She was born close to
my birthday. What a present!
A chocolate doll.

They are smart children.
Ever inquisitive and
always into things.

They remind me of
you when you were a little
girl. True déjà vu.

You were such a cool
little sister. In fact, you
still are. You’re the best!

Being the older
brother, I have seen you grow
to adulthood. Wow…

Time really does fly.
I’m so proud of the woman
you’ve grown to become.

You’re more than my
sister. You are my friend. Thanks
for all of your help.

You have given me
wise counsel over the years.
Rock-solid advise.

Blessings be upon
you and your house. Triple play.
Mother. Sister. Friend.

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Believe What You Will

Posted by tpegonline on January 19, 2012

This poem is a series of 8 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem continues to discuss Agnoticism. According to Wikipedia, in some senses, agnosticism is a stance about the difference between belief and knowledge, rather than about any specific claim or belief. In the popular sense, an agnostic is someone who neither believes nor disbelieves there is a God, whereas an atheist disbelieves in God. In the strict sense, however, agnosticism is the view that human reason is incapable of providing sufficient rational grounds to justify knowledge of whether God exists or does not. Within agnosticism there are agnostic atheists (who do not believe any deity exists, but do not deny it as a possibility) and agnostic theists (who believe a God exists but do not claim to know that).

Believing. Knowing.
People, they are not the same.
They are different, folks.

To believe a thing
does not require any
proof. Blind acceptance.

But to know something
you can sense it around you.
Touch. Sight. Taste. Smell. Hear.

When you can sense it
you know it exists for sure.
There will be no doubt.

Choosing to dismiss
real, tangible, evidence
does not change a thing.

What is real is real.
Beliefs bear burden of proof.
Knowledge is fact-based.

Facts are connected
to natural laws that guide
the vast universe.

Science and math rule.
Beliefs tend to be mere tales.
Believe what you will.

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Forces of Nature

Posted by tpegonline on December 13, 2011

Forces of Nature
by Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2011
All rights reserved

This poem is a series of 10 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem introduces the reader to some gods of Yoruba/Santeria/Voodoo.

Santeria, Yoruba, Voodoo and related religions are very, very misunderstood. It is not, in my opinion, “the Devil’s work.” I’ll leave it at that but I encourage you to do your own research. Personally, I respect people for whatever they may believe – as long as whatever it is that promotes good moral conduct and the brotherhood of man.

This poem has 10 verses – 10 haiku tied together to tell a story/present a message.

Do not be afraid.
It’s not devil stuff.
It’s what’s around us.

Hollywood shows us
scary things. Sacrifices,
murders, and torture.

Olódùmarè
created each one of usl.
All praises are due.

Ellegua is a
trickster, but protects your house.
Divine messenger.

Obatala is
the king of the white cloth. He
creates man and land.

Oshun is the queen
of love, intimacy, wealth,
and diplomacy.

Yemanja. Mother
and protector of children.
She is the ocean.

Changó is the god
of lighting, thunder and fire.
He’s a warrior.

Again, they are us
and we are them. We’re of the
elements of earth.

They are all around
Us. Above, below – all sides.
Forces of nature.

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Rising Suns

Posted by tpegonline on November 9, 2011

My world is part of a binary star system.

I say binary because two beautiful boys are the lights of my life. My two sons.

I want all that I accomplish to pale in comparison to what they will accomplish.

It is my greatest hope that they work together as brothers to do right by their people, their community, their country, the world, and the ALMIGHTY.

Working together, they can build a great kingdom as large and as prosperous as the unified Roman Empire – Rome and Byzantium.

May the GOD of Grandfather Abraham greatly expand their territories and give them the unshakable faith of Job, the warrior spirit of David, and the wisdom of Solomon.

When things seem lost and gloomy, please have them light the world with their shining examples of what it mean to be an honorable man and model humanist.

The two chosen ones – the rising sons.

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