Remembering Martin Luther King jr. on April 4

Remembering Martin Luther King jr.

Invocation, April 4

Give ear, O heavens, and I will speak,
and may the earth hear the words of my mouth.

– Deuteronomy 32:1

Listen, O earth, to these wounds;
We have been pounded on the peaks,
elevated and alone.
Who ascends these holy mountains,
and why?

We bled all over our back packs,
descended at the penultimate moment.
Snatched away from the precipice
we descended into the valley
where we sat quietly with our eyes closed
waiting for a bus nothing loftier
and we would have remained there
if not sitting next to us was the prophet Amos
watching for the light to change.
His skepticism, as always,
was an inspiration;
The way justice rolls down like water
and righteousness like a mighty stream.

All that was holy entered through our wounds
the last place we expected.

Listen to the wounds, O earth,
pay attention to the bleeding sky
brother elements sister flesh
pay a little attention will you–
at least give ear to these words.
These wounds.

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