In Memoriam of Morality: end quote

shadows-977166_960_720It’s hard to look for a good laugh

when so many of our channels expose the madness

of what seems to be consistent harassment

of what some might call . . .

 

How do you converse and talk about

videos and uploads from people on their walk about

showing millions and millions what to gasp about

because honestly to see so many videos about . . .

 

Well, that might be where we get stuck

or unable to label true stories or fables

either over dinner or all too often under the table

dealing with people who . . .

 

Well that might make things sticky

when hearing only one side of a story sure makes things iffy

and so we are left with a tricky . . .

 

What is race?

And is that the question?

Or what is racism

and is that the conglomeration of too many. . . swirling in one population

with too many nationalities, ethnicities in one or several locations?

 

Again, is that the question?

 

I watched videos of the recent incidents

and no lie, I felt completely absent from joy

and completely different from indifference

but also distant from revenge or payback.

I honestly felt more under attack

not from a color, but from a sin

something within every human

and because we are fallen

we lack the courage to say what C.S. Lewis so eloquently expressed:

We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.”

 

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Isn’t that utterly ridiculous and even senseless?

But, oh dear friends, he is speaking to our present day existence.

 

We take Jesus out of schools

and are stupid enough to demand and look for values.

We sanction abortion,

but lock up thieves.

We “Hooray!” same sex marriages

and question why little boys and little girls struggle with identity.

 

We laugh and mock politicians,

but stay out of the polls

and then when we turn on the tv,

we have the audacity to ask, “What is going on?”

 

So is that the question?

 

What channel should I watch just to get away from this humiliating madness?

What channel can I view to escape the constant harassment?

 

To be honest, friends,

when I watch these videos again and again,

I fall to my knees in utter repentance

because I start to see color when I see brutality.

I start to see race when I see crimes against humanity.

And I only feel that way when I lack the courage to say these words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

Judging others makes us blind whereas love is illuminating.”

 

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Then no wonder we can’t see.

Our judgements have burned down these cities

and we wrestle all night

wondering who and what color will be the victim of our fights

like 2 wrongs ever made a . . .

 

Mother Theresa smiled and said, “God will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?

 

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Is that the question?

 

That question will expose the reality in our hearts

as we 60-mile-an-hour brick through windows

hoping that will cover up the anger and grief in our souls

and so we submit to temporary exhilarations

contributing to an ongoing deviation

of how not to deal with a systemic situation

as we watch those bricks shatter bank accounts

but do we even take into account

the morning after the one night stand

when fumes consume the inability to resume

the life we presume or desired.

 

I have a question because I can’t put out this fire:

How do unjust deaths lead to grocery buggies with flat screen tvs

car trunks with microwaves and DVD players?

Yeah! I’m a hater.

What are we doing and what have we done?

We’re teaching a younger generation that sin has a color

and revenge is the other route to avenge

and we’re letting them grow up with another lie.

Why are we quiet?

If we choose to send a message of silence

we are inevitably advocating the violence.

 

It’s hard to see through the anger in our hearts,

the unforgiveness in our carts,

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the grudges in our cart

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the vindictive actions that tasted sweet but only backwash tart

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Check out!

HECK NO!

Some of us need to check in and ask yet again “What is the question?”

 

What can we do to get away from this stench of sin covered in revenge

covered in avenge someone’s death.

Our plight has us fight against skin,

but the only real fight is the one against sin,

but how do you fight a force you can’t grab, you can’t choke?

Is that why we burn down buildings because at least with smoke

we can see the ruin of our demise

and yet even when I close my eyes

I can’t shut out or shout out the images inside.

I’ve already seen them – the punches, the chokeholds, the funeral and in these last days my brothers and sisters, get ready for more turmoil.

 

All men sin and fall short;

that’s nothing new to report

accept with that terse verse feel free to rehearse your own shortcomings.

May not have involved a chokehold or a gun

but a sin is a sin, and in the end,

we all desperately need repentance.

 

Don’t we?

 

Isn’t that the question?

 

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Anita Scott

Anita Scott

Poet & Perfromer at Anita Scott
Poetry has always been a second language for Anita. She has performed at local slam poetry and spoken word events. Now, the door is opening for her poetry in small groups and on stages around the United States where she has already shared the same mic with Micah Bournes and Amena Brown Owen. Her poems "Mary Go Round" and "Tears for the Motherland" clearly express Anita’s heart for justice regarding gender and racial reconciliation. People who have seen her perform all attest to the same thing: she is unforgettable.

Anita is also part of Ambassadors Alliance International, a passionate team of people who go into impoverished areas to assess their needs and provide help in the form of food, medical supplies, clothing, education, and job-training that will lead to self-sustainable change.
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  • Anita, I missed hearing these words in your voice this time around, that always brings such clarity for me – hearing the passion and emotion you bring. But oh, these words. Thank you for them. Keep ringing them out. Keep raising your voice – you are right, we can’t be silent. Keep helping people ask the right questions. Maybe together we will find the answers!

  • I love love love your poetry. It’s so fun to read out loud – and some really powerful words. I’m chewing your questions

  • Anita, LOVE your cadence, your rhythms. Gorgeous. Such good, good questions. Thank you for your offering here.

  • Anita, like Nicole, I missed hearing your voice but I could actually hear it in my head while I read. 🙂 This is such a powerful piece, as all of yours seem to be. Thank you! Blessings to you!