Sometimes the best things come when one’s focus is on other things
It’s right in front of you, you’re just not attuned to what buzzing in your face
You’ve consigned yourself to plodding along, on your weary way to Sokoto,
Wouldn’t occur to you to check your shokoto, would it?
Then the fog lifts, you find the answers you’ve sought.
For questions you didn’t even know you had.
A smile, an outstretched hand and twinkling eyes tilt your world
A listening ear and a caring heart splatter the sterile walls of your life with bursts of colour
And you’re awash with wonder, for your blessings overwhelm you
You want to dance in the moonlight, shout from the rooftops
You’re giddy like alcohol is pumped by your heart, you smile like you’re Mansa Musa
You’re glad you had this gift even if it’s for only an hour, it’s an hour glistening with magic
One person has changed everything and you’ll never forget where you were
And I hope you can finally see the joy you’ve brought my way, and the reasons I love you.
Happy birthday Hero, I know you’ll get a barrage of wishes and prayers, so I’ll just say you’re going to achieve things even you can’t conceptualize.
You are loved, cherished and adored by many, you’re wealthy in the things that count, never forget that my friend, never forget
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