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Practice What You Preach

23 Aug

This poem was inspired by recent conversations I’ve had with a few of my close friends.
It is not about religion-bashing. It is about people doing the right thing regardless of religious affiliation or no religious affiliation at all.

hypocrite

“Practice What You Preach

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

This poem is not
about religion, but its
about behavior.

Believe what you will.
The U.S.A. allows for
religious freedom.

As long as what you
believe promotes peace, love and
justice, go for it.

It is funny how
those that don’t claim religion
are often pious.

Pious in the sense
that they “do the right thing” no
matter what happens.

Inconvenience
matters not. Integrity
and peace of mind do.

Dishonest people
never rest. They must keep one
eye open at night.

Talking the talk is
easy. Walking the walk is
not. Be about it!

Yes, pray for people.
But doing something is what
is preferable.

What do people pray
for? For something to happen!
So, please do something!

While you are praying
for something to help oppressed
people, you do it!

Are you going to
be like Pilate and wash your
hands of your duty?

Will you be like that
man Judas and sell-out those
you know to be pure?

Take your religion
outside of the church, temple
and the masjid, please.

Are you a Christian?
Perhaps a Jew or Muslim?
Represent the faith.

You must stand on truth.
Rebuke lies and fight against
injustice and hate.

Faith is not enough.
Actions speak louder than words
or whispered prayers.

What would Jesus do?
So, if you’re his follower
what will you do, friend?

Moses left the glory
of Pharaoh’s court because he
refused to live lies.

Muhammad, like his
ancestor, Abraham, fought
the idolators.

What are you to do?
Well, it’s like Barry White said,
“Practice What You Preach.”

Is It REALLY Real?

2 Jun

I was chatting with a good friend the other day about how people don’t critically analyze or think about things before they say something or take action. This 17-part haiku chain is my advice in poem about how to use the scientific method to figure things out.

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Don’t preach what you think.
Only preach about what is known.
All else is guessing.

Do not confuse what
you are told by others with
actual facts, friend.

Human history
is composed of five parts. You
need all five for sure.

If you are missing
one or more element, you
cannot erase doubt.

PEOPLE are the first
ingredient. Specific
names and titles, please.

Next comes DATES. When did
this person live? During what
period of time?

What happened? Was there
some notable EVENTS? Why
is it important?

Where was this? What PLACES?
The milieu can help put things
in proper context.

Where’s the EVIDENCE?
Without evidence, there can
be no argument.

Perhaps you’ll provide
documentation, portraits,
or a photograph.

Ancient artifacts?
Audio recordings or
video footage?

If you claim a thing
to be the truth, make sure
to present your proof.

These are the rules of
evidence. All you have to
do is be a child.

“A child shall lead them.”
“You must be born again.” Be
curious. Inquire.

Ask questions like What?
Who? Where When? Why?
and How? That’s
how to get answers.

Be critical in
thinking and analysis.
Don’t go on blind faith.

Research your subject.
Due diligence let’s you know.
Is it REALLY real?

Love Your Enemies

20 Feb

love your enemies

This was inspired by one of my favorite authors, Robert Greene. This is a 34-part haiku chain poem. Some of the haiku even rhyme. I think that I’ll call my rhyming haiku Haiku Rhyme Chains.

I have a series on Twitter under the handle #loveyourenemies and I will release quick lessons around the various tweets as an info product later this year or early 2014.

Enjoy!

“Love Your Enemies”

© 2013 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

They give you focus.
They ignite your passion and
make you determined.

You will learn who you
really are. Adversity
alone will show you.

Colin Powell said,
“Get mad, get over it then
get going.” Wise words.

Do not let anger
consume you to the point of
becoming reckless.

Do not waddle in
the cesspool of self pity.
It yields no results.

When one is prepared
a counter-strike will be an
unpleasant surprise.

You were not supposed
to be able to respond.
They thought you beaten.

Little did they know
how thick and impregnable
your castle’s walls are.

How deep your moat
and accurate your archers.
The oil pours so hot.

They thought you to be
alone, but you have allies
and wise advisors.

What foes may do to
you – or attempt to do, may
indeed be heinous.

However, do not
hate them. Hate blinds you. It makes
you brash and reckless.

Be thankful for what
they teach you. For how they push
you to new limits.

JFK said, “Fix your
roof when the sun is shining.”
Not when its raining.

Use times of calm to
fortify your defenses.
Prepare for battle.

Be not the one to
be called an aggressor, but
one who defends well.

That way, perhaps your
reputation will serve as
a deterring force.

To sum this all up
take the time to remember
this haiku chain rhyme:

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To your rivals you
owe a debt. Pay them back by
not getting upset.

Work to get even
instead. Psychological
warfare hurts their heads.

Their greed and lowly
scruples give them gall to run
into a brick wall.

That wall is one of
your castle’s walls. Now you have
them by their damned balls.

You don’t have to turn
the other cheek. Not when its
justice that you seek.

Do all you can to
keep the peace. However, do
not let good sense cease.

Be patient and let
things take their course then ride-off
on your swift white horse.

It is a sweet thing
to give them a kiss and watch
their pants soil with piss.

Kind of like how Mike
told Fredo, “I know it was
you.” Smell the doo-doo?

Be well-schooled in the
compiled teachings of Robert
Greene. Know what I mean?

Read The 48
Laws of Power
so over
foes you will tower.

Learn from the book The
33 Strategies of
War
to tilt the score.

“What would Jesus do?”
Well, look what they did to him
so they will screw you.

Kill them with kindness.
The unjust will think you dumb,
blind and mindless.

Feigning weakness is
a smart way to cope. Ali
called it “Rope-a-Dope.”

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Learn who is who. Friend,
foe, or frenemy. Just please
love your enemies.

The Cream Will Keep Rising to the Top

25 Nov

One of the great things to come out of Superstorm Sandy was it really showed me who my true friends and loving family members are.

No one owes may anything. I do not have an entitlement mentality and have not and will not feel sorry for myself or my situation.

It is just interesting how adversity shows you people’s true colors.

The fallout to Superstorm Sandy has indeed been a blessing because I have a better idea of who is who in my life.

In this triple rhyme poem, song titles are hyperlinked to their respective audio files on GrooveShark.com and YouTube.com.

Enjoy, and figure out is is your friend and who is your frenemy.

“The Cream Will Keep Rising to the Top”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved

“A friend in need is a friend indeed” is an old saying.

There is some fire to spit around this topic and I’m not playing.

Superstorm Sandy let me know which friendships are immortal and which were sick and decaying.

I generally don’t ask family or friends for favors because I believe in doing for self.

When you work hard for what you got you don’t want other able-bodied people siphoning your wealth.

Allowing such behavior can be bad for your financial health.

Those that know me know that I am far from being Minnie the Moocher or Begging Billy.

If someone were to say otherwise you would have to hit them with a “Really?”

They’ll be fronting while their lips are moving like Milli Vanilli.

It is funny how you can always be there for others and remember every milestone in their life.

Their children’s birthday, their favorite food and the anniversary of getting married to their husband or wife.

When you are not even called or asked about feels like you were stabbed in the heart with a sharp knife.

“I’ve been Thinking of You. Have you been thinking about me?” is a question that Tony! Toni! TonĂ© decided to pose.

If you answer ‘yes,’ you’re a liar and your nose will grow like Pinnochio’s.

You get caught up in your lies and fronting and are all over the place like Any Way the Wind Blows.

Friends, how many of us have them?” is a question we all should ask.

Your friend could be Frenemy and if you are not careful they could take you to task.

Then you’ll be listening to sad songs while you cry and sip whiskey from a flask.

I’m also disappointed at companies that say they take care of their people – Ha! What a gaff!

Like Craig G and Marley Marl said, Don’t Make Me Laugh.”

Your words and actions didn’t add up like it was bad math.

When the power was out we had to get a generator that was powered by gas or diesel.

When you’re down and out, Pop goes the Weasel!

Their bullshit is a piece of work that should be framed and displayed on an easel.

Heaven help you when you are in your next jam and you feel all alone.

Don’t listen to Erykah! You better not call Tyrone!

Get busy because you’re All Alone.

I got knocked down but can’t stop won’t stop will not stop!

I can never sink to the bottom because if I was 5-0 I would be top cop.

You can’t hold me down because the cream will Keep Rising to the Top.

AWFUL People Suck!

21 Nov

This haiku chain was inspired by a Facebook conversation where me and my brother, Travis, were clowning Internet tough guys who talk a lot of smack on social media.

As is my custom, song titles are hyper-linked to their respective audio file on GrooveShark.com.


“AWFUL People Suck!”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

Attention whoring
is what you do best. Always
posting your new pics

or talking about
how you did this or that or
a beef made public

on Facebook or on
Twitter. She Don’t Have To Know
and most do not care.

It is straight foolish
to air your dirty laundry
in front of the world.

Talk to the other
person privately offline
about your concerns.

Your talking tough and
going public can earn you
a good ass kicking.

Plus it shows how much
of a coward you are for
not going to them.

Once the die are cast
it is useless to try to
reel them back – too late.

As a matter of
fact, you will be a big, ‘ol
loser. Snake eyes, friend.

Just in case you have
not noticed, the word ‘awful’
is an acronymn.

‘A’ & ‘W’
is for Attention Whoring.
Some gotta have it

by any and all
means necessary. Be it
good or bad. Who cares?

‘F’ is for Foolish.
Only fools think that Facebook
friends are your true friends.

‘U’ represents how
Useless your life becomes by
living as a fake.

A phony. A fraud.
‘L’ is for being such a
Loser. A big one.

That is how you get
the word awful. Yuck!
AWFUL people suck!