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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Anopheles: Poquito Mosquito

Anopheles: Poquito Mosquito by Usiku

Anopheles Mosquito contributing to malaria,
Not even knowing you're a carrier,
For plasmodium to cross the blood barrier.
You're an insect born to bite,
Taking all the blame for a parasite,
One you tolerate but didn't invite,
Yet causes problems day and night.
Along comes scientific man,
Swatting poquitos with chemicals in hand.
Anopheles, just one of thousands of types,
But now all mosquitoes are affected by the fight.
Will any of your children survive,
Net after net of insecticide?
When humans host the same parasite within,
Is it necessary to eliminate their kin?
Has annihilation ever been a fix?
Won't restoring balance allow all to exist?
Maybe Poquito, expand what you eat,
Or be careful of the company you keep.
Will it change the world we know,
If there are predators but no mosquitoes?
Will other relationships suddenly go,
Causing another sickness to develop and show?
Will the effects be poquito?

[Malaria & Related Issues Series, Part I]

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Husband's Vows – Wedding Poem

Many versions of wedding vows and marriage vows exist but very few are written specifically for men. “A Husband's Vows” expresses the love and devotion men feel but might have trouble expressing in poetic words.

A Husband's Vows by Usiku

Knowing you is such good fortune,
like breathing a rare, precious fragrance . . .
Pleasurable . . . satisfying . . . delightful . . .
I surrender to this joy,
and, offer these promises.

I will respect you and stay by your side,
to protect you,
fill your cup,
to hold your hand.

I will help you look for the things you seek.
I will hope for you,
concentrate on you,
learn with you.

Whatever you give,
I will cherish and multiply,
add harmony and keep rhythm,
with everything I possess.

These words are bound by my actions.
They are faithful and inseparable.
I present them, wrapped completely in grace,
as an affirmation and commitment,
to you, my spiritual wife.

(Excerpted from Wedding Blessings: Prayers, Poems Celebrating Love, Marriage, and Anniversaries, compiled by June Cotner, © 2003, Broadway Books/Random House.)