It was almost enough to make me stop believing.

In 44 communities across the U.S., teenagers are competing for a spot on their regional teams in order to compete in Washington DC at the National Slam Poetry championship called Brave New Voices. Russell Simmons’ Brave New Voices is a new seven-part HBO series documenting the stories of six competing teams.

Last night I saw some of the HBO special “Brave New Voices” and I was inspired to give slam poetry a try.

Slam poetry is typically intended to be heard instead of read so I have recorded an audio version of my poem in addition to including the written version.

It was almost enough to make me stop believing

Defacto segregations

Emotional manipulations

Personal salvations

ALL the proclamations

I had taken the bait

Walked through the narrow gate

Learned what to hate

Was certain of my eternal fate

I could spew the roman road, so proud so bold, part of the fold, believed what I was told

 I’m in – you’re out – no doubt what I’m talking about

I know – I’m right – I’m the one walking in the light

You lose – I win – come on I’ll point out your sin

Prostituting every opportunity

Wanting to be the supermajority

Working to oppress homosexuality

Don’t forget about being offended by profanity

Let’s hang out in our Christian bubble

Let’s try to stay out of trouble

Don’t wander away from the holy huddle

Forget about conversation – debate for domination – practice your presentation – and talk about eternal damnation

Pick a verse to justify being chauvinistic,

Deny it when they say you are legalistic,

Preach a gospel that is individualistic,

Forget that it seems a little imperialistic.

Don’t question the authority, know what’s a priority, don’t worry about the minority, that’s our expository

The Christianization – the dehumanization.

The demonstration – the incorporation.

Made me start to question

What about the brotherly love – the justice that was spoken of –

the one we were in awe of – the mercy they talked of

Didn’t they get the memoranda that we were supposed to love with no agenda

Didn’t they notice the lack of transformation – the absence of civil conversation

Weren’t we supposed to be known by our fruits instead of our refutes

Weren’t we supposed to make the world a better place full of love and hope and grace

Where was the creativity – the spirit of generosity – the chance for serendipity –

Thank God I broke free

Cause it was almost enough to make me stop believing.

13 thoughts on “It was almost enough to make me stop believing.

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  2. Brett

    This was incredible. Money quote for me – “Preach a gospel that is individualistic, forget that it seems a little Imperialistic.”

    Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    1. gracerules Post author

      Brett – Glad you liked it – I really enjoy hearing what lines stand out for individuals. The line you mention is one of my favorites because of the flippant attitude that it implies.

      Reply
  3. Steve

    Found it, and loved tyhis line especially:

    Weren’t we supposed to be known by our fruits instead of our refutes

    Amen to that!

    Reply
  4. Eric Blauer

    This is a fantastic poem and it perfectly expressed my own “slippery slope” thanks for articulating my own truth birth in such a visceral way. Luv it!

    Reply
  5. Kathy

    Hmmm, I recognize the journey. Thanks for putting into words what has been rolling around in my gut for years.

    Reply

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