Asking for a friend

We do our best workOn behalf of others.The kinds of questions we askAnd answers we seekAre differentBecause being of serviceUses a muscle superiorTo being a brand.Asking for a friendIs not about hiding our own questionsBy posing them as someone else’sBut its a posture of deep empathyBorn out of a desire for kinship-For light to be […]

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Burning Bush

The time we spendSeeking the Face of GodIs not time taken awayFrom ‘practical’ things.It is not a waste of down timeTo spend our SundaysIn the house of God,Nor is it a misuse of resourcesTo give money to the church.The visions and propheciesWe read in scriptureAre not delusionsNor are they opiates of the people.Like Moses, when […]

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The business panacea

In a world of ever increasingSocial ills,The promise of entrepreneurshipGradually inflates in size and scopeUntil it becomes the only way forwardWe imagine possible.In a milieu of poor alternativesThe private businessHas become the magic bullet,The pure blade,The weapon of choiceTo slay our giantsAnd make us whole.But how can we expect businessTo solve the problems the StateHas […]

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The genealogy of change

We don’t always knowIf our lives are counting for something.If our writings are being readIf our contributions are making a differenceWhether the causes we’re fighting so hard forWill amount to anything,But what is a ripple in our generationMay become a tidal waveFor our descendants,And the hurricanes of our timesMay hardly be a whisperA few years […]

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Arm’s length

Being ‘for the people’Is all the rage these days.But lip service always stuttersEventually:Posing with a hungry childBut only at arm’s length-Close enough for the photo-opFar enough to not get inconvenienced.But if you ever fancy real change, darling,It might cost youYour whole arm.

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Uncapped dreams

Some of us are living lives today  That were impossible  Not so long ago. Race and geography, Though still a ways to go,  Are not as definitively limiting  As they once were. And so some of us  Are becoming privileged insiders Of worlds that didn’t have us in mind  At their inception.  The question now […]

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Throwing Money

Is easier  Than having a meaningful conversation About change.  Our failures  To make something significant  For the least amongst us Don’t stem from a lack of resources As much as they do From a lack of intentionality. Our lack of motivation to apply Disciplined imagination  To solve the social problems  That plague us Nudges us […]

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