TIME TO SLOW DOWN

When the world moves forward
Faster than ordinary lives are used to

Anger may grow – with people starting to look for someone or something to blame –

That’s the nature of the world –
Which just keeps on turning

One day America is 80% white
And then, a few years later, 49% –
Who’s to blame?

One day the world sings along with Perry Como
And then, a few years later, is “down” with black rapper syncopation –
What’s the remedy?

Getting angry does no good – since, in that case, one only ends up hating oneself –
Getting stupid doesn’t work either.

When change is too massive –
People sometimes call on a clown king to enter the world’s arena –
And wreck everything in sight.

Eventually, calm returns and the broken pottery gets swept up –
The clown king turning back into its constituent rotten vegetables – and disappearing –
Life returning to normal.

I worry most when the world begins moving too fast
For regular human beings to keep up –

Perhaps, now, it might be good to slow things down –
Just a bit.

 

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BLACK RACE WHITE RACE

Think about it –
African Americans have ended up as significantly more “human” than European Americans
Because, as a race, they’ve never had to repress a shameful collective truth about themselves.

On the white side, generations of uneasy immoral feelings, buried infinitely deep
Beneath unacknowledged, and even vigorously denied, racial wrongs –
Has resulted in European Americans ending up as decidedly less human.

The reason African Americans didn’t need to repress their natural humanity
Was because they were the ones who paid the harsh price
Through generations of stolen labor and, yes, blood,
While European Americans, nonchalantly, went about
Keeping everything they could “grab” –
While building a prosperous lifestyle for themselves, their children, and their children’s children
Which they have refused to “see” – much less acknowledge.

This almost complete repression of a sordid violent national truth has resulted
In a serious and tragic limitation of human feeling,
Which, in turn, permits (or encourages) European Americans to repeat,
Repeat, repeat – and repeat again –
Acts of ancestral coldness and hardness –
Eventually turning their hearts, at least in part, to “stone.”

A major problem for European Americans is that there’s no one left to pray for them
Since, for generations, they’ve been unwilling to pray for themselves
Because, during all that time, they’ve repeatedly denied they have a problem –
Which, however, is, and always has been, right there in front of them –
Just ask the white Southern Evangelicals –
Who get angry as soon as this subject is raised –
Still proudly glorying in semi-ancient bronze statues
Memorializing their European American “warrior Christian” hardness!

What would Jesus say
About a white race that continually mars its own spiritual face and heart
Through recurrent harms to the African American race?
Don’t you think that Jesus, by now, would have gotten upset
In the midst of this seemingly unending suffering
By African American fathers and mothers
And their beautiful children?

Now, European Americans, would you please tell me the name of your “religion” –
Could you say it for me just one last time?