Poems

Poems of Virtue

DILIGENCE

DILIGENCE

The basis of diligence

Is competency in the discharge of one’s duties

Having sound knowledge of your job

Knowing what is to be done

At each stage when exercising your skills

Towards successful completion of duties/projects

Doing everything possible

And proper use of all the resources at your disposal

To start, work on and complete a task

In a way that will bring satisfaction, contentment and joy

To your client or customer

And which makes him call on you again

For other tasks and projects

No employer would tolerate

A culture of levity at work

Diligence brings commendation, favours

And incentives from an employer

Some workers were relieved of their duties

Due to poor conduct in work environment

Moreover, diligence without truthfulness

At work is not acceptable

As this can never bring the desired result

A hardworking employee

That is not rewarded

By a cruel employer

Shall definitely come across glories

In their future endeavours

Work very hard as if

You would not die forever

Be truthful and benevolent to others

As if you would die very soon.

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APPRECIATION

APPRECIATION

A way of telling a doer of good

That their good deed is

Accepted with delight,

Cherished and precious to you

Is by being grateful

Particularly through the

Use of words of appreciation

Kind expressions and smiles

Rendering a help to a benefactor/benefactress

Is also a way of reciprocating good deed

Saying good things about a helper

Is another way of expressing gratitude

Showing appreciation makes a benefactor happy

And encourages them to assist again

Not being appreciative bars

Subsequent help from a benefactor

It dents the image of an ingrate

Appreciation increases a benefactor’s willingness to assist more

While ingratitude makes an ingrate helpless

A child that appreciates their parents’ efforts

Continues to enjoy parental care and affection

A wife that appreciates her husband

Gets more favours from their spouse

A junior worker that appreciates their boss

Experiences additional kind gestures

Now and then

A little help that is appreciated

Brings a huge help

That could maximise your fortunes.

No one will continue to

Come to the aid

Of an ungrateful person

Again and again

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VISION

VISION

Human beings have limited time

To spend on earth

Therefore, we need to plan ahead

To target a goal

To aim at whatever we want to be

And strive to achieve it

With strength, valour and strategies

Prayer is also a key factor

That enables our vision come to pass.

The pathway to great accomplishment

Is rough, thorny, strenuous

But it is better to go through

The rigours than die a coward

Without any remarkable achievements

At tottering age

A child that doesn’t want to fall

While learning how to walk

Will not overcome the barrier of crawling

A decision to confront obstacles

On the way to success

Is a worthwhile decision

Be brave, courageous and highly determined

To achieve your positive goals

Great things cannot be acquired

On a silver platter

The heroes and heroines of yesterday

Do not shy away from the challenges

That came their ways

And for this reason they become heroes in history

If the road is smooth

Consider the destination

If the destination is sweet

Be ready to confront the awful challenges.

On the rough road leading to success

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CORRECTION

CORRECTION

Fixing a mistake,

Rectifying an error

Punishing an offender

To deter him and others

From wrong deeds

Putting things right

Are corrective measures

Which promote harmony

Correction is not an act of detestation

Rather, it’s a goodwill if done with sincerity of purpose

Because correction creates room for moral improvements,

Academic progress and positive moves

Toward personal development

And also to achieve organisational goals

A child who takes to correction

Becomes a better person

As elders dislike a child

Who doesn’t change a bad attitude

After he had been corrected

A school pupil who takes to correction

Performs better in his school work

A wife that takes to correction

Builds a peaceful home for herself and her family

As taking to correction prevents marital conflict

Correction is meant to re-organise and re-adjust

In order to make things better

Don’t vilify someone who

Corrects or guides you

A wise person considers correction

As a help that will make him

Become a better individual

While a shallow thinker considers correction

As an act of hatred, rebuke or degradation

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DISOBEDIENCE

DISOBEDIENCE

Refusing to do what one is told

Not being submissive to elders or authority

Deliberately ignoring one’s duties

Neglecting warnings, laws and orders

Being defiant when one

Is expected to be docile

Failure to follow stated rules

Are acts that had

Destroyed the lives of many people

And also put some in dangerous situations.

According to history

The first sin that was committed

By humans is disobedience

This occurred between Adam and Eve

And unfortunately, for this reason

They were driven out

Of the garden of comfort

Where they didn’t labour or suffer

Before they got food and drinks

To the earth that is full of hustle and bustle

Where they had to toil and work hard

Before they could get their daily bread

This scenario clearly shows

That acts of disobedience

Begets troubles and sorrow

A disobedient child

Confronts awful situations always

A disobedient wife

Makes her marriage hits the rocks

A disobedient employee

May lose their job unnoticed

A disobedient student

Can never excel

A disobedient driver

Often pays fines on the road

Disobedience attracts severe punishment

Some people encounter difficulties today

Because they had failed

To obey simple instructions yesterday

Failure to obey today

Can bring on

Failure to succeed tomorrow

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COOPERATION

COOPERATION

Working together to achieve a common goal

Relating cordially with others

In any setting for common good

Working together as a team

Joining hands together for progress

Relating with others in an organisation

In a way that prevents enmity

Rather, promotes love and togetherness

Dealing with people in a way

That brings peace and joy

Working in a group

To achieve an end

That makes an establishment reaches

The zenith in its endeavours

Studying and learning together

With other students at school, brainstorming

To acquire sound knowledge

And academic excellence

When there is cooperation

Between a husband and wife

They build a peaceful home together

And their children grow in wisdom

Definitely, we need other people in our daily lives

When pursuing our goals

And without mutual cooperation

It may be very hard to accomplish our vision.

Lack of cooperation disrupts progress

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A CLEAN MIND

A Clean Mind

The mind consists of the faculties of

Consciousness, thought, reasoning and imagination

It enables humans to think and decide

It determines the steps and actions taken by man.

To make the world harmonious

And free from commotion and turmoil here and there

Every individual needs a clean mind

A mind that is free from hatred and enmity,

A mind which doesn’t envy

Or hate someone who achieves

Rather, jubilates, celebrates and encourages the achiever

To do more great things

Even if it hadn’t achieved such accolades like them

A mind which doesn’t frown nor give hateful reactions

On seeing the favour bestowed upon other person by God  

A mind that wants good things to happen to every living soul

Irrespective of race, ethnicity, skin colour, culture or nationality

And not only their relatives, close friends and loved ones

A mind that doesn’t repel a person facing hardship

But is ready to alleviate their sufferings

With wealth, time and moral support

Or with prayers and good words

 

A mind that is of benefit to people

And never brings problems to them.

A mind which doesn’t conspire

To mar another man’s life

One which doesn’t retaliate

Or harm someone who offended it

Rather, forgives or leaves vengeance to God

One which continues to do good to everyone

Even if it had been betrayed by some other people

Any mind that has ill-feelings

And deceives the people around

With chuckle, bright smile or a good laugh

Is not a clean mind

A clean mind makes peace

And gives joy to relatives, neighbours,

Friends, co-workers and the community

Anyone that has a clean mind

Has got a greater degree of morality

A higher sense of uprightness

An exceptional quality needed by all

To bridge the gap between love and hate

Thereby making the world

A blissful abode for all

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TRUSTWORTHINESS

TRUSTWORTHINESS

The ability to be truthful

When entrusted with other people’s money, belongings

Or vital documents

To avoid cheating, scamming and defrauding people

Someone who can be entrusted with things of importance,

Who can be relied on as dependable and honest

Has attained very high moral standards

A peaceable but rare character

 In contemporary times

People rely on promise

Therefore, redeeming your promise

Is the hallmark of a trustworthy individual

Return items you borrow

As this shows that you’re reliable

And careful with other people’s belongings

And enables the lender to be of help next time

Keep private information private

Never divulge the secrets of others

As this helps to maintain

A stable and happy relationship

Be consistent in telling the truth

And don’t be a double-dealer

Nor swindle others

Under the guise of friendship

Don’t be a distrustful person

As this can incite negative feelings

Rejection, rebuke and consequently

Lead to shame, reproach and punishment

Cultivate the habit of truthfulness

In all your worldly affairs

Trustworthiness gives you happiness,

Peaceful mind and glory

It prevents fight, crisis, imprisonment,

Sudden termination of appointment at work

And so many troubles associated

With acts of untruthfulness

Trustworthiness brings joy to our homes,

Love to interpersonal relationship

Harmony to our Places of work

Progress to our community

And success to the society

Even a fraudster would also prefer

To give his project

To a truthful person

 

Nowadays, the virtue of trustworthiness

Is rare among people

And this is why there are problems

All over the world

 Trustworthiness is a moral quality

That can solve numerous calamities in the world

At present and in the future

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A MAN WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

A MAN WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE

Knowledge is like an eye

Without it, a human being

Finds it very difficult or

Impossible to move forward

A blind man needs

Someone else who can see clearly

To aid their movements from place to place

Without a helper, their movement is limited.

Similarly, a person that is lacking in certain knowledge

Requires the service of someone

Who is knowledgeable in that particular field

To get things done for them

Whenever they require such service

A knowledgeable blind man can still solve some problems

And educate us about what to do

But a man without any knowledge

Can’t show anyone the way

When you acquire more knowledge

More opportunities come your way

You understand life better

And how things work

Knowledge brings new understanding

Cum problem solving

But a man without sound knowledge

In a specific field

Remains backward forever

Knowledge has no substitute

No knowledge, no way forward.

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Dedication

DEDICATION

The root of success in any undertaking

Is to work tirelessly so as to obtain great accomplishment

No true success can come from

Doing a task haphazardly or without commitment

In order to be dedicated to a goal

One needs to carry out the tasks involved

With total commitment, honesty, focus

And sincerity of purpose

It has been observed and verified

That a student who is dedicated to their studies

Is always studious and serious

He does not joke with his studies

And these lead to achieving academic excellence.

However, a student that is not dedicated to their studies

Cannot contribute to societal growth

Even if such learner owns degrees from reputable institutions

Lack of dedication to studies can render certificates valueless.

An employee that is not dedicated to work

Undermines the progress of the organisation

Positive attitude and punctuality

And doing your work as it should be done

Are some of the ways of showing dedication in a workplace.

Being dedicated to our endeavours has many advantages

Successful organisations have the virtue of dedication

As their cornerstones

The success experienced in any field of human life

Is due to absolute dedication to a particular cause.

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