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Radiance Within


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There is a fluttering in the stomach

A clutching of the chest

Clinching inside the throat

A tightening around the head

Leaden legs are attached to muscles that won’t move

The tongue is stuck to a shrill voice

That is fear

It shifts the eyes to look out to a desert

Reminding the body of the parched land of failure

 

Fear strokes every cell of your body

She turns you over and hugs you tight

She demands that you look her straight in the eye,

as pulls out a cold wedding band and slips it around your finger

Those vows demands that you wake up to a hollow day,

where you walk with your head bowed and your dreams veiled

Those nuptials, with fear, sit you in a small box in the corner of the room,

where you watch the actions, drama and thrillers of

free children, wild women and dancing men

 

Braving the jungle will lead to a new frontier

A mountain top only knows those who shiver

The prize is given to the gritty one in the race

Trembling kisses crack the heart wide open

Live and love through a journey with fear

 

Lift your head, get up, walk across the room, run!

Fear will chase you, grab your sleeve, pull you back

Lock your eyes to the sky, move to a stride, flow to a sprint

Fear limps as you dash and stumbles when you jump

Fear may be your partner but she is not you

So twirl and swirl. Sing and shout. Skip and hop.

Watch her lope and grope. Heave and ho. Rage and scream.

 

Fear’s tension in your head unwinds on the savannah of knowledge

Her grip of your throat unclenches in your power

Her clutching of your heart lets go into the span of love

Your gut relaxes to the drums of your tribe

Belly dance to the flow in the rhythm

And step out with all that radiates within

into the carnival that fills your streets

 

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BT

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Posted by on October 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

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Lemn Sissay!


Lemn, a resident artist at the Southbank Center (London), is a poetic dynamite. I think he has changed my life as a poet forever. He is a great example of the healing, freeing and entertaining power of poetry. He is an embodiment of creativity (quite literally). His web page is full of goodies http://www.lemnsissay.com

Here are a couple:

 

Watch him give a poetic response to an interview question

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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My Church Is a Small Box



All my life I’ve talked to God. He has never failed me

But my church is a small box. I can’t fit in it and neither can God

To be a child of God, my church’s way, I need never have gone abroad

I need never have approached another person or idea with an open mind

This Christian doctrine and culture is like an ill fitting suit or a small shoe

I can only pretend that am fully covered and can make life’s journey

It takes barely two years for me to be done with a church and its talk

Last Sunday, my Pastor called Oprah an agent of the devil

The Pope says Africa is receiving spiritual trash. I agree

Shout! Shout Amen!

Thank God we now have noise pollution law to shut up the ruckus

 

Men chopping and dicing not to part with any power

She can preach but she can’t be the Pastor

Okay, she can be a Pastor but she can’t be an Elder

Your place is in hell if you drink or smoke

No, some wine is okay but keep off the beer and the liquor

These are the rules, the shifting rules of men and disobedience is called sin

Dance if you must but don’t gyrate over here

That swaying backside suffocates the Holy Spirit

There is no sin like a sex sin to work the church folk into a froth

Your hips and their desires have no place at the alter

If they think you are having sex where they say you should not

God may love you, but they won’t have you

You will be thrown out of the church

and they will work themselves into a righteous frenzy

To keep you out of the office of the Chief Justice

 

We pray for the President even if he may be a thief

Gloat and boast that he came to our church

We must be suspicious of Islam and reject a new Constitution

that gives Muslims the same rights as Christians

Even if the new law stops leaders from stealing from us

If God can hear the prayer of two or three people gathered together,

Why do I need to make the weekly pilgrimage to pray with the multitude?

If a book brought me salvation, why can’t I buy 10 copies for my friends

instead of giving the money to my church?

What’s in good music that draws in millions?

What did we feel when America elected a solid black man to be President?

What made Wangari’s teachings about trees a clear global call?

What causes a man to love his wife and care for his children all of his life?

The power of God is found in creations that may never have been to church

 

When I pray, there is always a light

God is always right here where I am

God visits my church as he does everywhere else

 

 

 

BT


 
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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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