Monday, November 7, 2011


It seems we have created a society wherein everybody wants to be the teacher, yet nobody wants to take the time to be the prudent student...

That said it must be taken into account that life is a series of events that make up an entire journey, and there is no one event that dubs all the others obsolete or unnecessary. All levels must be completed step by step and can only be partaken in after the initial step. This is the journey of life and no matter where or how it is participated in, it must be endured in order for it to reach a point of self-relevance and achieved attribution to the wealth of those who lived and came to their end, but refused to die after they met that end.

So live your life with no apologies... no excuses... just the occasional explanation for your actions, or lack thereof, in all insistences of engagement, or deviation from their amusement. Live to let live and help others help themselves to live where and when possible and even when it seems impossible. For the very reason that what you have now come to comprehensively understand as an impossible undertaking could seem as nothing less than that from the one you wish to, or don’t want to, assist in their grief-stricken journey of impracticality. So help them discover how to help themselves and you could possibly create a cycle of voluntary, and/or guilt-ridden, assistance to all known and unknown soldiers along this battle for the individual plight to reach the useable light… the light that adorns the thrown of he who never gave up the goal of winning the unwinnable fight.

But know that this must, and can only, be done in as a systematic process for the reason that if the one helped falls back to a previous state of self-doubt and loathing, they may know how to assist themselves to a point where they can once again feel the glorifying shine of that light. And for this reason alone there is but only one rule along this journey of life. The rule is that there is absolutely no skipping allowed.

Only a true teacher understands that, you stop living when you stop learning. It can thereby be stated that in order to be a great teacher you must never stop being an attentive student with a demonic persistence to satisfy your own intellectual yearning for pure excellence.

But make sure that in this reality we call life you are able to stand up straight and proud, because you now fully comprehend that from now till the very end, there is...


- Nikolai Tjongarero

(Born and bred in Windhoek, Namibia, Nikolai Tjongarero started writing poetry at 14 and never stopped. Nikolai wrote his first book AOAME: Accounts of a Metal Evolution (not published) over the next decade and has recently been selected as one of the contributors to The Ground's Ear Contemporary Verse from Southern Africa poetry anthology. Nikolai is also a regular contributor to the CPT Street Mag - an online zine from Cape Town, South Africa.)


  1. I really enjoyed this post. Very thought provoking.

  2. I've been a fan of Nikolai for close to a year now and finally found the opportunity to share his passions.

  3. @Hannah... I am glad you enjoyed the read. Please do feel free to tell others about my writing, and I hope you will enjoy any future/past pieces of mine that you may come across.
    @Bar None Publishing... Thank you so much for the kind words, continued interest in my writing and the opportunity to be featured on your page. I hope you will enjoy my future pieces as much as, if not more, than this one. I look forward to hopefully being considered for future inclusion to the page.

    Thank you both for the comments.


  4. Very inspiring. I ve read quite a bit of your poetry and like it on the whole. I like this one particularly because its positive and light. Many of the others are heavier, so a nice change

  5. Temba, you are absolutely correct. It is that lighter tone that Nikolai displays in this poem that makes it all the more uplifting. All the more inspiring.

  6. @Temba Thank you for the comment. As my poetry is always evolving, I always look forward to reaching people on different levels than I have before, and am glad that with this poem it seems I have been able to get that reaction.

    Thank you for your continued support.

  7. Nikolai,
    Once again, thank you for sharing your voice with the Bar None Group.

  8. Mark,

    Always a pleasure to get my work to reach more eyes. I look forward to hearing your take on the new ones I'm busy with. Thank you for your kind words and the interest in my work.

    Remain inspired.

  9. Inspiring and motivating, I like the message..

  10. Jules,

    Thank you for the comment. Glad you enjoyed the read and that the message came through so clearly. Thank you for all your support.