My attempt at a poem for each of the 7 principals of Kwanzaa framed in Kwansaba form.
|Day 1 Dec 26 Celebrate Unity/Family
Sisters and Brothers
We bond in blood, grow in love,
two families unite for double blood bond.
Sunday dinners hosted laughter, tears, and debate.
When in doubt or in some trouble
I know who to call when right
or when wrong. It takes a team
to carry the load, DNA links strong.
Day 2 Dec 27 Self Determination
Scrappy, they call me. I keep coming.
I'm willing to work with my hands
and my mind and always my heart.
Focused on points far in the future,
I train to take hurdles in stride
kicking out high and long to propel
over the rails without a second's pause.
Day 3 Dec 28 Work Collectively
You have heard it many times before
"no man is an island unto himself"
You are not alone, nor am I,
we are here in this with others.
We must learn to share our talents
lending our hands and our hearts
to the task of making things whole.
Day 4 Dec 29 Cooperative Economics
"Put your money where your mouth is."
Another good old saying to live by.
He is hungry, she needs a coat,
they need shelter, we want to learn.
People helping people in what they can,
Even the poorest can share one thing.
One by one we rebuild our world.
Day 5 Dec 30 Purpose
Here I Am Lord
What does this world hold for me?
Am I here simply to be here?
What are the gifts I've received
and how can I use those talents?
A purpose or reason to be alive
is why we learn, why we grow,
why we give and strive and search.
Day 6 Dec 31 Creativity
Born in His image, we too create.
I write, you paint and she sings.
If it is dreamt, it can be.
So much beauty and pain to explore
To be heard, really heard, my soul
to your soul can only be done
through the gift of art, our reward.
Day 7 Jan 1 Faith
I've said it many times, I know
faith is an action word, for faith
without works is dead. My God lives.
What would Jesus do? I'm called.
I am charged to honor His words
and care for others as my own
for they are His, as am I.
~~Judi Van Gorder