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Poetics for a King

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The Pledge
Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance
What for?
What does it mean?
What will my standing say?
I only pledge allegiance to God alone
I don’t have allegiance to any nation
How can a follower of Jesus pledge allegiance to a nation?
I especially find it hard to have allegiance to this nation
So full of…
Inequality
Oppression
Marginalization
BUT
This is my home
I guess freedom is what I believe in enough to pledge allegiance to
I stand for freedom
Which is why
I refuse to stand
Amen

 

The Playground

Daddy look at the plane
I’m scared
Why?
Planes drop bombs
How do you know that?
You are only 2
I’m scared

 

To the white clergy of Birmingham:

King asked you to move
What are you doing now?
Why is it still the same?
What have you been doing all these years?
Do you notice the lingering inequality?
Do you notice the segregation?
If you won’t move after hearing word after word from God…
Who will you move for?

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