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The night haunts but the stars shine..

The Night is day for those with a vision
The eyes are stars in the night

By Philo Ikonya

They say the eyes are the windows of the soul and we add they are stars in the night, the night that is part of day. And no one can lead the night alone, it takes also the many constellations each one twinkling in its own radius. And when all the rays of light unite, nothing can stop them. No darkness can stop them shining and shining. The night is led by the moon and many other stars.. and they are always there, the moon and the stars even in broad daylight.

Do not ever lose hope my soul. Do not ever forget that humanity has made terrific journeys through difficult nights and lived to tell of victory. Tonight I remember as if they were my own black brothers and sisters the Jews in Auschwitz camp. I read about it all in Viktor Frankyl's ' "Man's Search for Meaning." I remember too the agony of Kimathi Wa Chiuri our own Kenyan's last days and his letters to us. I try, I just try to answer them. I never could.

I remember many young people touched and smiling as we sang to our beloved nation Kenya: songs of liberation. Songs of Justice. Songs of Peace. Songs, always songs that we feel are all part of our national anthem.

Come then with me where the stars and our own eyes and vision are our light. Come with me there and see it is possible. We cannot be fainthearted. It is not enough to believe. Act. Act for change.

G.K. Chesterton

"What art thou man, and why art thou despairing?" wrote the poet. God shall forgive thee all but thy despair. Man also may forgive you for blundering but never forgive you for despairing."

("G.K, how about some gender..balance?" they asked.
"G.K answered: In those days and today, women did not need to be reminded of hope. In their deep pain and suffering, that is what they never lack.")

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JaniceW's picture

Habari Mpendwa Philo!

Your post made my day! Elizabeth Kubler Ross once said: "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within."

I have always been drawn to the idea of your eyes being the window to one's soul and reflective of the light within. This reminds me of the poem:

To be a star, you must shine your own light,
and follow your own path.
Concern yourself not with the darkness
For that is when the stars shine brightest.

Salamu za upendo!
Janice

Hei Janice! I did not know you are such a patriot Kiswahili and all! so my heading is 'Eh! ( for surprise) this one is a patriot indeed!"

You have enriched me with Elizabeth K. Ross. I did not know she said that. I was just reaching to words help me say what I think and to inspire myself. This word 'inspire' is often used by people to me. It fascinates me because, when it has something to do with 'spirit' getting 'in'. Kiswahili I think my friend author Walibora will tell me it is 'umenitia mori' . It also has something to do with your donation to me or another. thanks. Yes, also the idea of the soul in the eyes is very deep too and true. I believe it. So much that this days if someone cannot look me in the eyes and really look not just by opening them in front of me, i can tell and feel. I love the poem.. to be a star.... is it yours? You quote it with ease like something you learned long ago... can i quote it in my mail onwards. You have made my day and so has the little rain that came last night I pray it comes again with might! We need it. We cut our trees (Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai is such a visionary and we did not help her enough pushing harder for seedlings and we did not make her the Minister for Environment! It is as if we would hide our lights under the bushel so they do not shine! )
So thanks for your salamu za Upendo. Nimezipokea kwa raha na moyo mkunjufu! I have received them with a happy heart!

Asante!
Philo

"Communication is the real work of leadership" Nitin Nohria

JaniceW's picture

Hakuna matata :-)

That is probably not the best use of the phrase but Philo, absolutely you can use the words about being a star. You are right, I read this a long time ago and although I have long forgotten who said them, I have repeated them so often that I know the words by heart. I loved your words "It is as if we would hide our lights under the bushel so they do not shine! " Those are words that could also apply to many women around the world who have been forced to keep their light hidden. But here on PulseWire, the light shines so brightly from each person's soul and for that, I am happy.

I have an aunt who had never had a photograph taken of her as she believed the camera would capture her soul if she looked into the lens. It was sad as her daughter is a married adult and had no photos of her mother. It is only now in her 70s, that we have convinced my Aunt that her soul is safe and she has started allowing people to take her photograph. It would be interesting to see how other cultures think about eyes.

Eeeh Nyota (Star!)

Thanks so much Janice! I really love the story of your aunt.. she is walking fascination.Yes, that thing about cameras and what else they might take with them in the snap is amazing. I think I heard of it once but cannot tell where. Yes, women need to take their place and half the evils will run away- we are so powerful! When I look around governance here and am disgruntled I say to myself, 'what do you expect? in a system clogged with only men?" I was just reading Patti and how they thought she could not drive..

I love your aunt and would be fascinated to meet her and take photos with her...

Asante sana, sana dada!! ( sister!)

"Communication is the real work of leadership" Nitin Nohria

jodelight's picture

night lights

I wanted to thank you and Janice both for the lovely dialogue. I was so inspired and moved by your words, and conversations between the two of you. The night truly is a place of beauty and mystery, and is most assuredly a part of the day. The night, the moon, the stars are the gods of the night sky. They are the lovely cooling shade of the day. The night is the gem of the day, it is the time for reflection, and for rest and rejuvenation. The metaphors and all their glory could go on forever...
I refer to an old saying:

-A candle shines best in the dark.

To all my sisters in the world, even in the nightscape, may you always be a candle, a star, or someone's moon. I will be a candle for you too. I will light your path when you are having trouble seeing. Let's share our stars and candles with each other. We are not alone in the night. We are part of the beauty of the day and the night.

To you my star sisters,

Jody
PulseWire online

philo Ikonya Gacheri's picture

thanks Jody!!

Yes, this is an amazing dialogue including your part.. am learning so much!! Kingwa Kamenchu, my great friend just sent me this among many other quotes she loved. We had a sisters weekend actually and we read the some letters I got from Janice... It was so amazing. We decided from now on we are just going to live in our magic! Janice launched us out with her words and then she says it was us who gave her the wings... isn't that wonderful!? Magic? It means that nothing can stop us!

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry
it with us or we find it not. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Communication is the real work of leadership" Nitin Nohria

jodelight's picture

words of inspiration

So beautiful are your words. I also find them to be magic. I love to keep moving quotes or verses and think of them throughout my day. I love the quote you posted by Emerson. Who wrote the second quote? So lovely, and so full of imagery.
Here's my humble contribution:

"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand... and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it is too late."
Marie Beyon Ray

and one more...

"If we get in touch with the suffering in the world and are moved by that suffering, we may come forward to help the people who are suffering, and our own suffering may just vanish."
Thich Nhat Hanh

In Peace,
Jody

philo Ikonya Gacheri's picture

words...

Hello Jody!

It may seem like a long time..but here i am staggering back with the stars at night! Are you still there? I hope so!

Let us keep up the dialogues we started.. what is new? I have lots of news.. will post once ready!

best,
Philo

"Communication is the real work of leadership" Nitin Nohria

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