Our “Rainbows and Butterflies” are the small miracles of our life –
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all creatures – large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season’s first frost,
for the baby’s laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered “I love you.”
When we touch our own skin,
We touch the water, the heat, the air,
And the earth that are within us.
At the same time, we know
That these elements also exist
Outside our bodies.
That the sun
Is also our heart…..
We’re born with a beating heart, a hungry brain, an inarticulate voice and with others seeing potential in us before we even realise what we are. So, when you’re about to give up and chop yourself down to pieces, remember there is someone who needs your flame, no matter how weak, to light up their own. And that way, you will realise how priceless you are to the universe and those around you.
Another day to make a difference. Live, damn it! Live! Just don’t hurt others while you do it. Yes, it is possible to find yourself without hurting others. And most of all, be kind to yourself. Life is no dress rehearsal, so be ready for a lifetime show.
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Frank Malaba is an enigma to Zimbabwe, the country of his birth. Such a distinction is not defined by his talent as a poet, artist, writer, but by his advocacy, as a gay African male. He STANDS, though persecuted, he STANDS, to love, and he speaks his truth. Malaba loves his country, but fights for his “very being.” He invites all gay Africans to stand with him, to fight for the right be treated as vital participants in African culture that deserve to be respected. His blog, Frank Malaba’s Prosetry, invites all kindred spirits to speak, love, and heal.