De profundis

De profundis So, she leapt through each night, to each waking dream saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for the multitude of my sins” “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for the multitude of my sins”  “Have mercy on me, O Lord, for the multitude of my sins”   In the morning, she headed out…

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point (Homage to the brothers and sisters in Christ at Emmanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC, 2015) Lines converged At the front of Emanuel AME church. UnWise Blood, brooding in the back, ran cold. ~~ Lines converged As Emanuel AME-“God with us”-black brother and sisters. Wise Blood sought the unconditional, indiscriminate embrace of the Other.…

Je Suis la Vérité

  What is truth? The satirical stylus? The severing sword? The signet of supremacy?    What is truth? A cartoon, a caliphate, a Caesar?   “What is truth?” Pilate asked. A “thing of this world” French philosopher Foucalt answered. A “regime” of beliefs and values linked to systems of political and economic power, A scientific,…

Sonogram

            Who Has Believed Our Report?   “Feel! Joseph! Feel!” “Put your hand on my belly!” “A kick! And there, another!” “Feel the dancing embrace? The limbs akimbo?” “My womb, my words have become pregnant with blessing.”   (The Word made has been made flesh – A black and white sonogram prophesied…

When I Think of Christmas

    When I think of Christmas I think of the King of Love laid in a manger – Sovereignty supine under sterling stars twinkling through millennia of delight, Sublimity submitted to the gaze of cherubim and seraphim and slack-jawed shepherds.   When I think of Christmas I think of a Son, A Son, whose tiny hands, emptied of…