Morning Inspiration: The Air Will Not Deny You

To help you ease your way into the week, here's an excerpt from a gentle poem by the Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinke.

Dedication by Wole Soyinka

for Moremi, 1963

The air will not deny you. Like a top

Spin you on the navel of the storm, for the hoe

That roots the forests plows a path for squirrels.

...we embrace

Earth's honeyed milk, wine of the only rib.

Now roll your tongue in honey till your cheeks are

Swarming honeycombs—your world needs sweetening, child.

...leave this taste

Long on your lips, of salt, that you may seek

None from tears. This, rain-water, is the gift

Of gods—drink of its purity, bear fruits in season.

Fruits then to your lips: haste to repay

The debt of birth. Yield man-tides like the sea

And ebbing, leave a meaning of the fossilled sands.

Read the full poem here. (Emphasis mine)

I remember a story about Ram Dass visiting his guru. In his early life, Ram Dass had had problems with overeating, a subject he mentioned in his early book Be Here Now. It was something he still occasionally struggled with while living in India, and thus, food was prime territory for healing. His guru was actually a big proponent of sweets and said that eating sweets helped calm anger.  I think this helps explain why so many of us are drawn to sweet coffee drinks and sugary pastries in the morning and during that afternoon slump around 2-3:00 pm. Any accumulated frustrations we may have draw us like a magnet to something that will literally sweeten the deal for us. Are there other ways to seek the sweetness we need without needing to consume unhealthy foods? Or are their healthier alternatives (herbal tea sweetened with honey or stevia, a piece of fresh fruit) for gilding life with that extra sweetness?

Tags: Diet, Food, Poem, Sweet

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