Feast and famine

When the lights are on usAnd our cause is in the newsIt feels as thoughThe wheels of history are turningIn our favorAnd will always do so.But the megaphone of our cultural momentIs also coupled with a strange kind ofAttention Deficit DisorderWhere the chronic problems of our worldHave been reduced to click-bait and sound bitesMaking them […]

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Unwittingly

Is how so much of the world’s harmIs done.If you look long and hard enoughYou’ll find injusticeIngrained under all our fingernails,How even the purest of institutionsBattle the entropyThat emanates from having had human founders.We give voice to the oppressedBy silencing the offspring of oppressorsWe call for equalityBut use unequal instruments to do soWe are broken […]

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Selling wokeness

What happensWhen rebellion scales?When the monster of consumerismConsumes the resistance itself?When you are now rewardedFor ”sticking it to the man”?To a large degreeIt is impossible to escapeThe limits of our timeAnd that regardless of how woke we areThere will be flawsIn our ideas of justice.But even if wokeness is commodifiedAnd the only reason whyGood is […]

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Privilege cannot be undone

But it can be re-imaginedRepurposedRedirected to someplace higherThan selfish ambitionAnd self-preservation.Privilege is much moreThan a set of advantages,Or immunity from strugglesThat cripple others-It is a posture,A frame of mindThat keeps an individual from flinchingIn the face of authorityAnd gives respite from the disturbing calmnessOf accepting the unacceptable.Privilege, you see,Is persistent and multifacetedIt refuses 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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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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The wrong kinds of paradox

Freedom,As it turns out,Comes at a price.And justice cannotBe met peacefully.Righteousness remains unattainableWithout someone getting their hands dirty-The right kinds of paradoxWill always feel uncomfortable,A bitter drink with an aftertasteOf unadulterated nectar.What then, is this sanitized versionOf social progress that we areTrying to grasp at?Calls for ubuntu*By a diabolically individualistic society?An appeal for godlinessWithout God […]

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The cost of being woke

Being able to ’see right through everything’Doesn’t age well.At some point, we foundThat while we could detectDeception and injustice more clearlyGood things became increasingly difficultTo findOr enjoy.Cynicism compoundsAnd it doesn’t always add up to the truth,And even when the cause was justSo often our efforts to clean up houseSomehow also darkened the windowsWe were peering […]

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Thorns in the flesh

Accountability, done right,Hurts.People that have the courageTo call things outAre often portrayed as being So unnecessarySo contrarianSo unwilling to just let things beAnd let ‘our way of life’Go on.And yet there is nothing more constantTo mankind than change.And it is unlikely that change will happenWithout frictionWithout uncomfortable conversationsWithout pushing back on thingsWe’ve let ourselves overlook.The […]

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