What’s bad for your heart is good for your art. This rings true to the many artists, poets and even lovers.
I had a chat with an amazing poet; Yahya Gondosio. His work on Instagram had me hooked. You’d wonder what kind of work right? He shares poems accompanied by very out-of-the-box images. That is the kind of thing that stops you in your tracks and transports you to wonderland. Yahya also happens to be an accomplished writer, digital strategist and model. Wow, it keeps getting better and better for this millennial.
This is what we talked about, followed by a visual board of his work and oh yes, poetry.
If you had to walk around with a sticker on your head that says who you are, what would it read? ‘Non-conformist’! I think that would be the word. Conventions choke me. In short normal soaks my heart, it makes me heavy with sadness and rebellion.
What do you like about art?
Art is the mother of all consciousness. It gives me an immense ability to be deeply expressive. Art is a language on its own. A language not so many can understand in its depths.
Complete the sentence: every young person needs to know that_________________________________
You should never strive to live for societal standards, set your own. Create your own path.
Your IG photos always speak a message. What inspires you to do that?
I get inspiration from my daily interactions. There’s so much happening around us that goes unnoticed. I put in a lot of time and effort to come up with pictures and captions, it’s a worthy investment!
3 Things most people don’t know about you?
I have a huge affinity for kids. I play a lot with them whenever around them. Did I mention I have a daughter? (wink wink)
Your ultimate goal in life?
My ultimate goal in life is to use art to transform humanity. There’s a huge disconnect in the human race and I know art is the frontier of hope in our quest for a better world.
Florencia and the Sea By Yahya Gondosio
Scarred souls, lonely hearts
They are mocking me, the birds of Hosea
I can feel the tone in their chirping
They must have already told Valencia
You broke up with me by the sea
Vanishing skies, raging seas
It must have been our last kiss
You are the devil that I shouldn’t miss
Such an enticing witch you were Florencia
I’m still bound by your spell at the sea
Do not perform a dirge at my graveyard
But send Hosea a love card
You and him can rule the jungles as snakes
I’m about to be consumed by the sea Florencia
What is the greater tragedy in life
If not a heartbreak by you
I am grieving by the sea
How I can keep my head up afterwards is unknown
Favorite spots, memories
I’m here draining with desperation
My boyhood memories shouldn’t be this sad
Perhaps you should never have said goodbye
The raging sea is coming for me
The air around is painted grey
The hissing wind is calling out my name
My bones are damp, I can’t write anymore
Goodbye Florencia, now I have to go
Let this memories drown with the seas
You can follow him on Instagram at Yahya Gondosio
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