the reverent

 stand prayerfully in church

offering testimony

the stage my church

this my testimony

this is a testament of calluses

bent backs that sing pain in repose

bear weight in motion a prayer

an animate hallelujah God’s breath

moving through the land singing life

from the edge reverberating in the center

always like rain falling seeking every heart

if you have ears listen the wind carries

the tale of falling and rising with change

the only constant going forward in a whirlwind

with thanks on your breath no absolution no quarter

storm desire challenge rocks on the path glory on the other side

journey and destination always singing even in the dark

yes is the answer now is the time praying in motion

always another mountain never forgetting the valley

hearing the drum dancing the message forward respecting

the grind that sharpens razors cuts diamond levels mountains

a song sung in the dark a herald of the rising sun

About Ayodele Nzinga, MFA, PhD

I create; therefore I am.
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