Archive | June, 2012

The New Age Witches

26 Jun

This poem is a series of 12 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This poem introduces the reader to a modern pagan religion called Wicca.

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“The New Age Witches”
By Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2012
All rights reserved

No brooms or black cats.
No cauldrons of boiling brew.
No black, pointed hat.

This is a new day.
Those stereotypes are so
passe. Ignore them.

We believe in one
GOD. We call her Great Goddess.
She is three in one.

The Maiden Goddess,
the Mother Goddess, and the
withered Crone Goddess.

These three represent
purity, fertility.
Wisdom is the third.

Reincarnation.
“Once a witch, always a witch.”
We were here before.

White and black magic.
We tap into the forces
of mother nature.

We advocate good
deeds and frown upon hurting
people. That’s not cool.

Our code of ethics:
“an it harm none, do what ye
will.” The Wiccan Rede.

Air. Earth. Fire. Water.
Spirit. The five elements.
Phases of matter.

Our magic circles
are where we do our work. Most
under a full moon.

Roots in Celtic and
Germanic paganism.
The new age witches.

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Forces of Nature

22 Jun

Forces of Nature
by Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2011
All rights reserved

This poem is a series of 10 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem introduces the reader to some gods of Yoruba/Santeria/Voodoo.

Santeria, Yoruba, Voodoo and related religions are very, very misunderstood. It is not, in my opinion, “the Devil’s work.” I’ll leave it at that but I encourage you to do your own research. Personally, I respect people for whatever they may believe – as long as whatever it is that promotes good moral conduct and the brotherhood of man.

This poem has 10 verses – 10 haiku tied together to tell a story/present a message.

Do not be afraid.
It’s not devil stuff.
It’s what’s around us.

Hollywood shows us
scary things. Sacrifices,
murders, and torture.

Olódùmarè
created each one of usl.
All praises are due.

Ellegua is a
trickster, but protects your house.
Divine messenger.

Obatala is
the king of the white cloth. He
creates man and land.

Oshun is the queen
of love, intimacy, wealth,
and diplomacy.

Yemanja. Mother
and protector of children.
She is the ocean.

Changó is the god
of lighting, thunder and fire.
He’s a warrior.

Again, they are us
and we are them. We’re of the
elements of earth.

They are all around
Us. Above, below – all sides.
Forces of nature.

Jah Rastafari

19 Jun

This poem is a series of 18 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This piece is about a religious movement whose adherents are called Rastafarians.

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“Jah Rastafari”
By Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2012
All rights reserved

Haile Selassie.
He is the second coming
of our lord, Jesus.

He will take us home
to Zion, in Africa.
Not Jersualem.

Ethiopia
is where Zion always was.
The birthplace of man.

The body is a
holy temple. A holy
place is not hand-made.

A reasoning is
a group of rastas smoking
ganga and talking.

Upfulness may be
a topic of discussion.
Do you overstand?

The downpression of
Babylon doesn’t want us
to puff the ganga.

When a fire is sparked
it makes I and I feel calm
and gives clear thinking.

Don’t worry about
a thing because I and I
will make it all right.

Some choose to wear hair
in natty dreadlocks and live
a Nazarene code.

Many Rastas don’t
eat meat as to touch dead flesh
means that you touch death.

It is best to not
partake of alcoholic
drinks. Babylon’s tool.

Alcohol causes
confusion and strife among
Jah’s chosen people.

Plus fermented drinks
make your body unclean and
a cementary.

There is no Heaven
in the sky. It will be here
on Earth in Zion.

A chosen few will
have life everliving in
their current bodies.

All men and women
are created equal in
the eyes of our lord.

Misunderstood and
sometimes feared. I and I be
Jah Rastafari.

ALLAH Is One God

15 Jun


This poem is a series of 19 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form. This poem introduces the reader to some of the main characters in Islamic history.

I am not muslim, but I respect people for whatever they may believe – as long as whatever it is that promotes good moral conduct and the brotherhood of man.

This poem has 19 verses. The number 19 is a very important number in Islam.

This poem is dedicated to and was inspired by a conversation I had with a gentleman I respect a great deal who is a fairly new convert to Islam, Sheldon Statia (aka, Abdul Hamid).


ALLAH Is One God
by Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2011
All rights reserved.

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The religion of
Ibrahim. He was upright.
ALLAH favored him.

Ishmael was his
firstborn son. An Egyptian,
Hajar, is his mom.

Ibrahim and his
son, Ishmael, built a house.
The Kaaba in Mecca.

Luqman was very
wise. He chose wisdom over
prophecy. Bless him!

The man called Jesus
would be the first to say that
he is not ALLAH.

Crucified nor killed
was he. It was made to seem
as such. He was spared.

Muhammad was but
a messenger that was sent
to remind us all.

Jibrayel gave him
the book. But he told him that
He couldn’t read it.

It was foretold to
taste so sweet in the mouth, but
will sour our bellies.

Bilal was the first
convert of Muhammad. He
calls the adhan best.

The commander of
the faithful was Ali. His
wife was Fatima.

Hassan and Husayn
were their sons. All are from the
old house of Quraish.

Fatima was a
chaste woman. She was without
monthly discomfort.

Pharaoah’s wife that saved
Moses was named Assiyah.
She’s held in esteem.

Maryam was the
mother of Jesus. Islam
calls his name Isa.

Aisha was the
mother of the believers.
Muhammad’s best wife.

All of the prophets
are great. Do not make any
distinctions. Praise HIM.

“Lakum deenakum
waliya deen” is one of
my favorite quotes.

All comes from ALLAH.
Do not bind partners with him.
ALLAH is one god.

People of the Book

12 Jun

Was it not written
That HIS chosen people will
Be carried away?

Taken to a land
Where a very strange people
Will own them as slaves?

Worshiping gods of
Wood and stone and following
Very strange customs.

The GOD of Jacob
Requires that we obey.
It is best for us.

Fear is not needed.
Understand that the MOST HIGH
Has given a plan.

When we follow the
Plan, we tend to have success.
Otherwise, we fail.

The ALMIGHTY has
Advised us on how to live.
He is a wise guide.

Be careful what you
Eat and what you do. All things
Have consequences.

Disobedience
Has brought curses upon his
Chosen priests. Help us!

YAHWEH will not change
a people’s condition if
they don’t change their souls.

We are a byword
And a proverb for the world
To mock and marvel.

Be ye not conformed
To this world, but transform by
Renewing your minds.

The meek will one day
Inherit this world. They’re the
People of the book.

So, What Do You Serve?

8 Jun

Noah built the ark.
The disbelievers mocked him.
The flood drowned them all.

Father Abraham’s
Dad, Terah, served strange gods made
Of wood and of stone.

Joseph was betrayed
By his own blood brothers. They
Were jealous of him.

Joshua proclaimed
That his house would serve the LORD
The liberator.

Samson slew thousands
With the jaw bone of an ass.
Delilah tricked him.

Ruth was Obed’s mom.
Obed was Jesse’s dad. Through
Jesse comes David.

Samuel was a
child prodigy. The god of
Abraham blessed him.

Job kept up his faith.
He was sick and lost it all
But he was made whole.

The shepherd boy slew
The powerful Goliath.
David was faithful.

King Solomon. Wise
Was he. He let his strange wives
Turn him from his god.

Obadiah was
Elijah’s helper, plus he
Cared for GOD’s prophets.

Jonah lost his way
So a great fish swallowed him.
Follow GOD’s commands.

In my house we serve
the great God of Israel.
So, what do you serve?

He Died For Our Sins

5 Jun

This poem is a series of 17 haiku poems that are strung together in a series to tell a story. I call this style that I created a haiku chain poem. According to Dictionary.com, a haiku is a major form of Japanese verse, written in 17 syllables divided into 3 lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, and employing highly evocative allusions and comparisons, often on the subject of nature or one of the seasons; or a poem written in this form.

This poem is about the central figure in Christianity, Jesus Christ.

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“He Died For Our Sins”
By Tyrone Turner
Copyright 2012
All rights reserved

Born of a virgin.
Foretold of by the prophets.
Seed of Abraham.

Seeds of Abraham
through his son Jacob, later
known as Israel.

Jacob’s name became
Israel after he fought
the angel of GOD.

Our saviour was
called Jesus. He was GOD in
the flesh. Son of GOD.

GOD so loved the world,
that he gave his only son.
So that we might live.

He would die for us
in our place so that we might
live as immortals.

Being with our great
GOD, the heavenly father,
for eternity.

Herod hunted him.
He knew that a child
would be born to them.

He would be for all.
Not just the house of Jacob.
All nations on Earth.

He was known as a
carpenter’s son, but he’s
our great redeemer.

He made the lame walk.
He caused the blind to see and
even raised the dead.

His miracles were
many. He was free of sin.
A pure, untouched lamb.

Pilate washed his hands.
He let the people decide.
They wanted his death.

He was crucified
on the cross at Calvary.
Did GOD forsake him?

He was not cast out
or forsaken by GOD, but
was resurrected.

For two full days he
was entombed, but on the third
day, he lived again.

He ascended back
to Heaven. Mission complete.
He died for our sins.