Values and Vices – A Poem

One of the most expensive
veils in the world is ignorance.

One of the most destructive
vices in the world is arrogance.

One of the most powerful
values in the world is tolerance.

One of the most beautiful
virtues in the world is repentance.
© Adeleke Adeite

I started my poetry-picture tagged #4Pics1Poem a few weeks ago, and I am glad that it’s becoming a source of in inspiration and motivatiom to a lot of people. Let me know what you think about these.

You can also watch the video of this poem here on my youtube channel. Thank you.

Past Obstacles and Present Opportunities

Old friends becomes new enemies,
past obstacles turn new opportunities.
in all these, I embrace life, light and love,
my heart clings to hills of help up above…

Through the lies and losses of life,
in the steams of storms and strife…
Sometimes in fear, I fumble and fall;
in God’s arms I stand strong and tall.

I have been through the valley of death;
and on mighty mountains I lost my breath…
In pains and pleasure, God has been faithful;
and in the heart of my heart, I am grateful.

In years past I have met and missed friends;
some gave it all while some had nothing to lend.
but to those who made my skies bright and blue ,
Thank you for being timely and true.

I am not where I used to or wished to be
to some folks I may be like a starved tree…
before men, I may not be on motion…
but God is expanding my roots to reach nations.

O I have seen the darkest of nights
when silent stars hugged a mute moonlight
I have common flaws and fears
At times, I shed midnight tears…

My heart bleeds for the helpless
My soul screams, I feel cheerless…
The Calendar counts as time ticks
When will these silent stars speak?

-Adeleke Adeite

My Teacher My Timeless Treasure

You propel me to pursue my purpose in life with pure passion. I learn from you, look up to you, listen to you, laugh with you, long to see you and love to be with you.
Today I celebrate you for being disciplined, devoted, determined, daring and dexterous.
You deserve recognition, appreciation and endless shower of affection for all the sacrifices that you make and all the prices you pay to impact our lives. You are more than a teacher to me, you are a timeless treasure.
Dear teacher, you taught me how to exceed expectations in what I do without making excuses. I would not be who I am and where I am today if it were not for your love, light and leadership .
Getting up every day is a joy, knowing that I will be spending the day with the best, brainest and brightest teacher in the world .
Thank you for teaching us with your heart, head and hands.
I cherish you dear teacher , you have touched my life in ways words cannot describe . I am so fortunate to learn from you.
Thank you for being my mentor, moulder and my model.
For all your words, wisdom and wishes, you are the by far the best and I am indeed grateful.
You took my hand, and did make me understand, you ignited my imagination, and gave me inspiration, you gave me wisdom and shew we the road to freedom. Thank you my teacher !
I cherish you as a changeless charm. Thank you for adding sweetness and substance to my knowledge base.
One of the joys of going to school is the opportunity to learn from the loveliest leader on earth, my terrific teacher.
You do not give you the right answer, you ignite within us the desire to find answers by ourselves whether they are right or wrong.
Every child’ s future becomes better and brighter because of you.
A thoughtful thank you to all the teachers who use their time , talent and treasure to care, to correct and to connect us to a world wonders.
Thank you for giving us the tools and techniques to read, recite, revise, research and also reach for greatness.
God made teachers for us to become our best, forgo our fears and metamorphose into masterpieces . They are simply irreplaceable, indispensable and indefatigable.
To the world you may be just a teacher but to me you are simply a world of wisdom, wealth and wonders.
You taught me to learn, not only to earn good grades but to earn a living and make a difference in life. Thank you for making education fun and fulfilling.
The classroom becomes a second home for us because you were a passionate parent who loves at all times.
You are a hero in my heart, a legend in my life and a model in my mind.
Thank you for showing me compassion, giving me cognition and igniting my imagination. I love you always Sirs and Madams.
This is dedicated to my mother, Mrs Olusola Adeite and to my best teachers: Mr Akinwunmi, Mr Igbinosa, Mrs Jones, Mrs Ojoye, Mr and Mrs Olawuyi, Dr Awe, Professor Ubanga and others who impacted my life positively. I love you all always.
-Adeleke Adeite

Open Arms and Pointed Finger

Some friends and family find it hard to assist you to get your business ideas and career prospect become a reality because they are in a social and financial competition with you.
Strangers find it easy to help you, sometimes because they do not feel any sense of competition.
Our greatest disappointment will not come from strangers but from close associates. Not really because they are bad people, it is in human nature to compete. We fast forget that our destinies and destinations differ.
However, it is important to know that help comes from God and He chooses to use the most unlikely people in the strangest of ways and in unknown places.
It is our expectations that get us disappointed, not the people we depended on for help.
Stop expecting too much from people, everyone has a cross to carry. Pursue your dream with open arm and not with pointed fingers. Stop blaming friends and start welcoming helpful strangers.
You are your own best friend and biggest fan.
Shalom,
Adeleke Adeite.

My Terrific Teacher

He opens learners’ hearts with the key of kindness;
passionately plant in them the seeds of success
and watch them grow in the garden of greatness.
Talk about a terrific teacher.

He wields words from the wellspring of wisdom
to water worm-wheat in the field of freedom…
and shield them from the throne of thralldom;
Talk about a terrific teacher.

He tells his students the lore of love and life,
and the right use of rocket, rifle and knife
to save them from baseless storms and strife;
Talk about a terrific teacher.

He wakes up each day with this golden goal:
To tenderly touch each pupil’s spirit and soul,
and make their broken bones worthy and whole.
Talk about a terrific teacher.

He prays for each pupil to have an honourable heart,
out of which will flow the beauty of eternal art
so they can be sincere, sensible and smart.
Talk about a terrific teacher.

He is a mentor with a matchless mission,
practicing what he preaches with pure passion;
his friends are spurred to have a vibrant vision.
Talk about a terrific teacher.

When winter’s wool and whirlwind betide,
and the streams of life roar in stormy tide;
he gives warm words to guard and guide…
Talk about a terrific teacher.

Examination is not just a test of intelligence;
it is also a test of creativity and confidence…
his students enjoy inspiring independence.
Talk about a terrific teacher.

In poor pupils, he see a pool of great possibilities,
he teaches them to tap from the oasis of opportunities
springing in their desert of difficulties…
Talk about a terrific teacher.

Some folks are only interested in high income;
he looks out for inspiring inputs and learning outcome…
his job is to make the future bright and awesome.
Talk about a terrific teacher.