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YULETIDE

Carefully crafted event, much too scarce

Ho! So unheard-of that many think it’s farce

Really, a king is born in the stable of an ass

In swaddling clothes mingled with grass

See, love it is, extended to every age and class

That Christ’s here to save sinners en masse

Man or woman, lad or lass

And that just defines Christmas:

Story defying logic and maths

Anecdote

This piece is an acrostic – each line beginning with the successive letters of

C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S!

Merry Xmas to all.

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Posted by on December 23, 2010 in Seasonal

 

haCk the herald, angels sing

The grandest breach of common sense

An ethereal scheme, simple yet condensed

Mary’s become a divine transport medium

Virgin turned operating system

Hacked by the owner Himself

What divine disregard for the precepts of self! 

Ctrl C and Ctrl P exerted on a human being

Copied from heaven, pasted in Mary – so unseen!

Divine file installed in a pristine damsel

Her womb: Destination folder of a heavenly parcel

Pregnancy it is, never to become corrupt

Not even cyclic redundancy dare interrupt

So let the angels swarm and sing

Of the programming of such a thing:

An outright evasion of human Firewall

Slithering through system scan and all

A program file not of an open source

Unimagined source code, of course

And the Saviour’s become the input data

– the soft copy of the Christmas saga

Anecdote

The Gospel according to Computer; the Christmas story from a hacker’s perspective hence the use of such jargon as soft copy, source code, Firewall, cyclic redundancy, destination folder etc.

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2010 in Seasonal

 

There Alone

A place of solitude
A height of matchless altitude
Unhindered privacy with Him
Time of refreshing right from within

Period of and for purposeful seclusion
All doubts to clear plus every confusion
Withdrawal from routine for many a mile
Just to come aside and rest a while

Absolution from life’s endless labyrinth
Emancipation from the spell of routine and jinx
From an endless, senseless race against time
That daily leaves us fagged and spattered with grime

It’s where many a desire stands to be granted
Where my skewed thoughts are no more slanted
And though lonesome a venue and devoid of audience
Alone with Him renews me – body, spirit and conscience.

Rivulet
Nothing sounds sweeter in tone
Than to be with my Lord alone

Anecdote

This piece is an amplification of Matthew 14:23 (NIV).  Naturally and usually, the best inspiration and invigoration come in quiet ways in quiet places from a noiseless mind – how much more if God’s not absent!

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Religious

 

THE CRISIS

Tribute to Bewaji Michael

Sickle-shaped cells, life-shortening culprits
Altered amino acid sequence
– funereal physiological anomaly
Nagging episodes of inexpressible bone unease
Countless sleepless nights
– so usual it turned normal
“Crisis” the physician tagged it
Till the final episode…

But why of all ages, 27?
And why of all days, November 27?
Why of all pages in Guyton, 427?
Or why in Harper’s, 627?

A profound curse on you, Valine
Thou usurper of the sixth position
An undiluted anathema on you, Glutamic acid
Why relinquish your biological inheritance?
Abundance of imprecations on you, Sixth position
Why be the venue for such lethal transactions?
Why not rather be vacant
– as in the chronicle of clotting factors?

Why did death’s chilled, congealed palms
Extract him from his life of hopes and dreams
– into sudden, immortal silence?
The tears shall roll for aye
Save I condole my frigid soul
Saying, “Life’s too short…
…for a long story”

Dedicated to Bewaji Michael, a bosom friend who died of a crisis courtesy of sickle cell anaemia on the 27th of November, 2010.

The biological explanation for sickle cell is the replacement of the amino acid glutamic acid by valine responsible for the attendant ordeal of the condition.

Rest in peace, Michael, R.I.P.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2010 in Sentimental

 
 
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