Monday, April 24, 2006

Loving the Brother We Can See


And Jesus said," Let him without sin cast the first stone.."


mr/ms upstanding
decent good
God abiding
person of God

we wear
self
on our sleeves, don't we?
self is sacred
a badge
billy clubbing others
in the name of
what is right

we break
picket fences
to make picket signs
for the sinners

a sign that we are powerful
a sign that they are weak

We desire to see our enemies crawl
through the muddied
the countenance of our sullied spirit
drenched and dirtied
their weakness
is the sum total of our loss

Yet a chill enters every room we inhabit

She stood there waiting and wanton
her knees scraped and reddened
her eyes pleaded

Word around town
was that she was
she was down
down trodden
down low
down for any and every
body

we shame her
we are her
all of us
lay in the twisted sheets of her bed
the scent of our rage fresh
and fragrant

She needed our love
and we gave her our lust
needed our hand
and we extended a fist

all in the name of what is true
and right

but if the light in us is darkness
how bright it shines

victory is in the moment
born after the shame
and nursed with the truth
when like a splash of magenta
God reveals his face

and the hand he extends
does not retract
from ours, even when they are stained
in our own truths, caked in our own
defenses

His love commences
even though
not a one us above the sin
although
we
still
pretend

5 comments:

Honey-Libra said...

I'm def going to have to keep coming back....

ms mimi the mocha soulchild said...

Thanks Libra!

Please come back and enjoy yourself anytime. :)

Anonymous said...

which sings the phrase "him without sin cast the first stone". Funny how so many of us carry rocks around in our sullied hands...when most the time the first rock should be thrown at us.

Sonya C. Triggs said...

I love this poem! And it is funny how, once you've achieved a certain 'stature' in the church, you tend to quite easily forget where you've come from. We're so busy hiding our own shame, that it would just about break us in half to acknowledge someone who is going through the same thing. After all, that means we ourselves would be found out, wouldn't it?

Good work!

ms mimi the mocha soulchild said...

Thanks Sonya,

This weekend I attended ab evangelism training at church and I was confronted with the harsh reality that many of us ruin our witness to Christ because we judge people before we meet them. It is one of the things that kept me away from the church for so long. In order to be effective evangelists, we must understand the equality of Christ...we are all sinners saved only by grace!