New Week's Inspirational Poem

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New Week's Inspirational Poem
Mon, 09-08-2003 - 2:07pm
Turn on your light

- an excerpt

by Ben Okri

The new era is already here:

Here the new time begins anew.

The new era happens every day,

Every day is a new world,

A new calendar.

All great moments, all great eras,

Are just every moment

And every day writ large.

Thousands of years of loving, failing, killing,

Creating, surprising, oppressing,

And thinking ought now to start

To bear fruit, to deliver their rich harvest.

Will you be at the harvest,

Among the gatherers of new fruits?

Then you must begin today to remake

Your mental and spiritual world,

And join the warriors and celebrants

Of freedom, realisers of great dreams.

You can't remake the world

Without remaking yourself.

Each new era begins within.

It is an inward event,

With unsuspected possibilities

For inner liberation.

We could use it to turn on

Our inward lights.

We could use it to use even the dark

And negative things positively.

We could use the new era

To clean our eyes,

To see the world differently,

To see ourselves more clearly.

Only free people can make a free world.

Infect the world with your light.

Help fulfill the golden prophecies.

Press forward the human genius.

Our future is greater than our past.

© Ben Okri, 1999.

Found in Ben Okri, Mental Fight, Phoenix House: London, 1999.


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