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I am addicted to creativity

Olutosin
Posted July 17, 2017 from Nigeria
The African girl child
The Future
Global eye
Global eye: The center of the world (1/5)

I love Arts;

In all its totality

It may be, using words to create wisdom or a new path

Or creating beauty from Ashes

Art is my new way of life

Therefore I love concentrating on trash

Which means lots of sleepless nights over Trash

It didn’t start suddenly

It sprouts from my inner wound and pain

It blossoms in my daily thoughts

It thrives in my soul, Now Creativity lives in me

Digesting it was not as easy as I thought

Since I needed it as a wheel to drive Transformation

I decided to see each strand of fabric as intestine

While the heart of the matter is Transforming lives of women,

Creating community champions from abandoned female folks

How can trash transform lives?

How can the inconsequential become adorable ?

How do you expect to find beauty in Ashes?

How will the dead bones breathe again?

How can the abused become assets?

How can dirt become gold?

Sleepless nights did the magic

Listening and learning from others became the oil

Personal experience greases my elbow

Each strand of fabric glitters like gold

Little square of fabrics became beauty to the beholder

Gradually mind set change began in our neighbourhood

In a world where the focus is on external adornment

To make it plain and simple

It is trash today but treasure tomorrow

It can be squared of two by two, transformed into bedcover

To warm the body and caresses the soul

It can also be transformed into bags;

To carry our burden and light the soul

Yes, It is possible to create a cooking bag;

All from trash.

Until this fateful day, the day Art changed my life

When I began to pick the inconsequential -

The trash among the trash

And I began to create a new wall Art

Wall of love, not the border wall; Wall of Arts

From the minutest, I brought out the eye

From strands of trash, I created beautiful women

Small pieces of fabrics created wall hens, peacocks and elephants

A new me has emerged, ready to recreate more women

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  • Tiffany Purn
    Jul 17, 2017
    Jul 17, 2017

    Olu:  even knowing you, I get to know you in a different way after reading this poem.  I'm printing it out and putting it above my desk to keep your spirit here with me every day.  Your bright light helps me keep my own light burning.  So grateful for your friendship. 

  • Olutosin
    Jul 17, 2017
    Jul 17, 2017

    Oh my darling sister, you are very kind to me❤ I carry your kindness with me wherever I go. Love you more.

  • Sally maforchi Mboumien
    Jul 18, 2017
    Jul 18, 2017

    Wow sis. Sending out such a powerful message on transformation in this poetic manner soothes the soul. We really need this transformation to cause women to revalorised themselves like the symbolic manner in which you turn trash to treasure. Keep soaring sis many need this light of yours to make theirs to shine. God bless the works of your hands so that many maybe transformed!!!!

  • Olutosin
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jul 20, 2017

    My Lovely sister THANK YOU. You are very kind to me.

  • Lily Habesha
    Jul 19, 2017
    Jul 19, 2017

    MY DARLING OLU,

    IT IS ALWAYS SWEET FOR MY EAR TO HEAR ABOUT YOU AND READ ABOUT YOU. YOU ARE CREATED TO CREATE WEALTH FROM TRASH.

    YOU ARE CREATED TO BE A CHANGE LEADER, YOU ARE IMPACTING THE WHOLE WORLD. YOU ARE A BELL TO AWAKEN MANY SOULS WHO ARE CRYING IN THE DARKNESS FROM POVERTY.

    GOD BLESS YOU MY PRETTIEST SISTER EVER.

    WITH ALL MY LOVE

    LILY

  • Olutosin
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jul 20, 2017

    God bless you my Lovely sister. I appreciate your kind words. Together we can.

  • Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
    Jul 19, 2017
    Jul 19, 2017

    Olu  my dear sister you are blessed with a talent and you are blessing us all with your beautiful art pieces. Thank you so much for this wonderful poem. I will always read it and remember you my dear sister.

    Stay blessed my dear sister. 

  • Olutosin
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jul 20, 2017

    My Lovely sister, thank you for your kind words

  • Sinyuy Geraldine
    Jul 19, 2017
    Jul 19, 2017

    Hell Olu, when you write, you reach more people than you could ever imagine. In writing you become the voice of the voiceless. I also write even though I haven't published anything yet. Keep writing, never give up.

  • Olutosin
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jul 20, 2017

    Oh yes. I agree with you.

    Thanks for commenting

  • mae me
    Jul 19, 2017
    Jul 19, 2017

    Helo Olu. I could say that trash can also be a treasure. Being creative that makes all women should be.

  • Olutosin
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jul 20, 2017

    Exactly. Yes. Trash can become treasure if we take our time to transform it.

  • Sarah Murali
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jul 20, 2017

    You inspire me to pursue my own creativity, Olu! Thank you for leading the way. Imagine if we all saw the trash of this world as treasure waiting to happen? THAT is life-changing! 

  • Olutosin
    Jul 20, 2017
    Jul 20, 2017

    Oh How I Love you my sister Sarah. You are so kind. I will cherish you forever.

    Do you know that I love you? YES! I love you sooooo much

  • Sarah Murali
    Jul 21, 2017
    Jul 21, 2017

    :) Much love to you too Olu!!

  • Olutosin
    Jul 23, 2017
    Jul 23, 2017

    Thank you my sister.

  • Bonnie Pond
    Jul 22, 2017
    Jul 22, 2017

    Olu, your poem touched my heart! Your artwork created from trash is beyond beautiful. It has a powerful life of it's own.

    What an inspiration you are to all of us to look at the world -- even the things we thoughtlessly throw away -- as raw materials waiting there for us to use to express our innermost feelings and to create positive change in our communities.

  • Olutosin
    Jul 23, 2017
    Jul 23, 2017

    Thanks so much for your kind words. Yes, you are right. All we need to do is wear our appreciative lens in order to discover the treasure in every trash. Every abused woman is an access yet to be discovered too. We all have innate abilities. We are a bundle of untapped potentials.

    thanks again

  • Julie Zenterra
    Jul 23, 2017
    Jul 23, 2017

    Thank you for this moving inspiration, Sister Tosin, which speaks to me about the power to transform. I'm moved by your example to find new and exciting ways to express the beauty I too see in the world. In this, I see the power to heal, and to engage the best each of us carries in that part of the jhuman spirit that responds to art and magic. Blessings and gratitude to you for all that you do to bring others to the party!

  • Olutosin
    Jul 23, 2017
    Jul 23, 2017

    Yayyyyyyy my sweetest sister, I miss you so much. You are so loving and kind and I love you so much. Thanks so much for your love. Thanks for your support. You inspire me with your kindness. I love Kats calabash art qork so much and thank you for introducing me to your creativity.

  • Julie Zenterra
    Jul 26, 2017
    Jul 26, 2017

    ::blushing::

  • Julia O
    Jul 30, 2017
    Jul 30, 2017

    Hi Olutosin,

    I read your profile and your organization and what you have created sounds incredible. It is so inspiring. And then I read this post and loved it. You have a wonderful way with words and I loved all the imagery. It's so cool how you're giving women new hope, new opportunities and showing how things can always be made beautiful again. 

    Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring.

    Best wishes,

    Julia

  • Della Rae
    Jul 31, 2017
    Jul 31, 2017

    Sys Olutosin ~
    You are forever embedded into my heart.  One of your beautiful expressions (and so much more) in the form of a bag for my teen daughter was a moment of story sharing and bonding that I do not have the words to explain.  
    Blessing in all that the "night magic" brings you.
    Adoringly,
    Della

  • Mahnaz Harrison
    Jul 31, 2017
    Jul 31, 2017

    Those bags are amazing, but sister Tosin is more amazing:)

  • Bukunmi
    Aug 24, 2017
    Aug 24, 2017

    Amazing, great meeting you.

  • I love your artistry in your crafts and in your words, Olutosin. You inspire to tap into my own creativity and to look at local resources as a tool for art. Thank you for sharing your masterpiece(s).