Confederate Graves

Across this land are Confederate graves, But only the officers Not their slaves- Those are unmarked Beneath the trees Resurrected yearly In maple leaves   A Colonel’s grave is Barren and dry, His cold bronze effigy Stares at the sky- But still breathing, His slaves look down With the Autumn glow Of golden crowns  ... Continue Reading →

To My Son- on his 13th birthday

Sometimes when we grow up We leave the wrong parts of ourselves behind   Because it’s hard to know Which of the things we learn as children Will help us as men and women   So when you prepare your heart For the journey to who you’re meant to be Here are some things You... Continue Reading →

Black History Month for a White Guy

This article was also published at Red Letter Christians, Feb. 2, 2019.  Click here! I am a white guy who gets excited about Black History Month.  Why?  Do black people need my help?  No. They are doing fine without me. They speak for themselves in every beautiful way through both word and action.  So who... Continue Reading →

Beauty (for Isaacs Run)

Beauty is A dead leaf Stuck to my thigh After swimming in the creek   White foam Parting around the heels of My son, the Fairy Prince, At the top of the waterfall   My daughter wading Amber waters at her knees Red hair flying up Quilting together Late summer Yellowing greens   My wife... Continue Reading →

Ultimate Sacrifice

The volunteer Who laid the wreath On your tombstone Said you “gave the ultimate sacrifice”   But you didn’t give it- You went in obedience   And your mother didn’t give it- She prayed to God the war would end Before anyone else had to die- And into her old age had nightmares Of you... Continue Reading →

War Happens When

War happens when We, as a nation, Care about a cause so deeply That we are willing To sacrifice a generation Of our own children To fight for it   For the greatest love Is this: a man lay down his life For his friends   Or War happens when We, as a nation, Want... Continue Reading →

Sackcloth and Ashes

Forgive us for our theology For it is ignorant   Forgive us for our politics For we have chosen sides With an earthly Empire   Forgive us for our racism For it is a sin against your children   Forgive us for our love of money For we have excused every possible sin In devotion... Continue Reading →

Black America and the Spirit of God

The average Christian in America today Is a Black Woman1 For God gave her a double portion of his Spirit- Evidenced in that Twice as many per capita Worship God every day2   God gave her a double portion Of his Spirit In the Great Migration, As to the Hebrews in the Exodus From Egypt,... Continue Reading →

Ode to Black America

Without Black America There would be no America- This is not a country built solely By European rebels Disguised as Native sons- No   Black America built America too- William Lee beside George Washington Whose last will and testament cried “freedom” For the man who’d been his brother all along   Black America built America... Continue Reading →

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