Full Spectrum

My heart is as open as a book with a broken spine

For that, I feel outside the norm

Like the sun I invoke a colourful spectrum of vibrant light

Like a prism I refract that light onto others

There is no colour without light

There is no pride without first understanding

The impact our own light has on the world around us

I am light; I will always share that light with others

Effervescent, I am known amongst my peers as bubbly 

I strongly believe we all carry this light

My soul, like yours, is a myriad of spirited lights

Full of colours and might

Together, our souls can blend

We can create miraculous colours

Colours this world has never seen

New colours that speak to us so strongly

Because they are our own

Because they came from deep within ourselves

They would spark us to chant unison so purely

Purely enough to be heard and echoed by the masses

To start a revolution is never easy

It takes a chain reaction

Starting with the light inside of me

Igniting the light inside of you

Eternally forward this will propel humanity

We are the universe exploring itself

We are sun, moon, stars and rainbows

We are what lies within and what lies in between

 We are both what is and what isn’t

We were born to learn, to vibe

Born to grow to understand one another

To make connections, to build communities

To build upon each other

To love every aspect of oneself

To love every aspect of another

To understand why we are here

We must understand why we love

Why we hope, why we keep on trying

Why is it so difficult to give up when life is so tumultuous

We are and will always be

Light reflected back on ourselves

We are mirrors for ourselves

We are mirrors for the ones we know

We are mirrors to strangers we cross paths with

It is not always easy to be so pragmatic

Our emotions get the best of us

My emotions get the best of me

I feel so strongly

I ache for this world

I ache for my brothers and sisters

We are all one and the same

Connected after all

People say I have a kind aura

“Approachable” they call it

Strangers approach me all the time

The wounded will always recognize a healer

I will always give myself to service

Service of others is service of self

In my experience, you get what you give

Why restrain, why restrict

I paint my life with every colour imaginable

I want my image to feel within reach to others

Every soul can have access to mine own soul

For they are me and I am them

I can open up to all life has to offer

Living fully is the only way to truly live and let live

To love and be loved

To be present for yourself

To be present for others

I struggle daily with turmoil that haunts me

I must remind myself vigilantly 

To be centered in the now for it is all we ever have

To be at peace with today for tomorrow is never certain

Be whole at this time since the past is never repeated

Every moment has its time

Every moment was once perfect

Perfect for then and there

Because every single current moment

Is just perfect for the here and now

Nostalgia is a fickle friend

It grants you joy one instant and sorrow the next

Peace in one memory, turmoil in another

Remember to enjoy every single moment

The journey is key

The destination is only a new beginning

We ebb and we flow

We cycle through this world

I embrace change

As change is my journey

Change brings me growth

I am light and I am dark

I ebb and I flow

Every aspect of me is paradoxical

Every part of you is a paradox

Every aspect of this life we lead

You guessed it; paradox

That’s how we will always remain

A mystery to both ourselves and to others

A vibe that can only be felt through interconnected love

The frequency of interconnected love is high

So high all planes of existence can feel it

Every single being can know it

They can be it and live it

Without awareness, it is still present

Without belief, it still rings true

This is the ultimate universal truth

The one all the dogmas have always told us about

The one thing we can all agree on

We are all one and the same after all

From nothing we rise

To nothing we return

That’s why I choose to live my life in service

Through service I live many lives

I leave an impact on various souls

I share myself with others

I give myself to their efforts

We share in success and defeat

Highs and lows

We live through them all

We become stronger despite it

We become stronger because of it

We love deeper and deeper

We learn that love is the only real answer

Any question can be answered with love

I am love, love is I

I am bursting at the seams

What I feel cannot be contained

I bare the colours of my soul for all to see

Jojo

Cherished Are We

How lucky am I

To get to know such love

An immense wave of warmth crashes over me

I am blessed to know people of all walks of life

I am blessed to love them

The grace of heaven has manifested itself in my present

My life is lit up with the light of a thousand smiles

My purpose is driven by those smiles

It is all worth it, it keeps me going

There is nothing compared to the joy I feel

While doing the most for others

I crave to understand more

Know more about each and every soul

Tell me about your life

For I wish to live more than just my own

I wish to live a thousand life times within my one

Through your stories

I know your truth

But I also learn my own

Somehow through you

I can be more me

Through you

I can learn to know myself better

To grow deeper

To plant my roots

To solidify my sense of self

For in ways we are the same

And in ways we are different

But through our differences we find more of the same

Through your soul is my own

Through my soul is your own

To feel safe and cared for together

A feeling I will never let myself forget

The togetherness I am blessed to experience each day

The community I see right before my eyes 

The bond I get to share with people in their darkest hours

The hope I get to give

The same hope someone gave me in my darkness

The same hope I have held onto all these years

Nourished, cherished, cultivated

It was all for this

It was meant to be shared

To be passed on

Passed on to others

Just as worthy, just as deserving

These souls I am blessed to know

These people I cherish so

They do not ask for much

They do not wish for more than is reasonable

They simply want what is owed to them

Owed to us all

As people we are owed dignity and grace

We crave this our entire lives

We are owed the benefit of the doubt

We are owed compassion and respect

And when we are given what we are owed

Beauty shines through us

Such beauty to behold from simple acts of kindness

Such joy to be shared from being together

Together in respect and compassion

Such grace to be understood

When we are understood as people

Such value to hold

When you open your heart to others in need

Such knowledge to gain

When you listen to another’s heart song

Jojo

A Vision

Pull me in
Drag me out
Push me to my limits
Take me out of my comfort zone
For this is where I thrive
Growth is where I reside
Stagnant energy is my demise
Always learning
Forever forward
Looking back is unproductive
Looking ahead is endless turmoil
I can only act now, act today
I look within and find my truth
I share my truth with others
And in turn, I learn theirs
When combined
A new vision grows
A collective vision
A vision for a better world
A vision in sync with life itself
A vision that supports
A vision that guides
A vision that bonds
A vision that strengthens

Jojo

Begin Anew

Revisit your truths
For they need reminding
Revisit your faults
For they require compassion
Revisit your pain
For it requires understanding
Do not dwell, but objectively observe
Accept, make peace, watch, and learn
We are ever growing, ever changing
Like water we flow
Like trees we grow
Like leaves we fall, we decay
This is universal
This is unchanged
All humans are but the same
The same in death
Return to the earth
Begin anew
You are eternal glory
Cycling through

Jojo

Nuances

Give me strength
Beam me up
Bring me high
Up above reality
Behind the façade
I see so much purity
But we disguise
We hide
We run in fear
We curse this life we lead
When only yesterday
We blessed it
These are the nuances
They have been told for eons
For you are never safe
When you are confined
To a steady, unyielding constant
It is only in the waves
That the ship takes its course

Jojo