The Pride of Life

Sitting here, in my room, listening to cool music my cell phone

(Because it makes noises)

I imbibe all these old, nostalgic, rhythmic sounds

That prompt me to remember things of the past…

The things of MY past….

All these old thoughts and memories come

Rushing, rushing in like a  

Torrential flood.

And I begin to hunch my shoulders rythmically, move my body and pop my fingers to the beats

and the memories.

It sounds good…

It FEELS good–and familiar…


And then my Black Pride kicks in and I begin to preach to myself…

“We make some of the best music known to humankind!”

“Damn, we built and are the very foundation of damn near everything in the earth!”

“We even wrote the Bible, too…I’m so glad I am an Israelite and I KNOW IT!”


The internal conversation takes a sudden pause at that point…

Because I know that Israel has a Mighty God and she also has laws, statutes and commandments that were lovingly given to her by The Most High that her people MUST learn, apply and endure within…

To be saved.

I also remember  1 John 2: 15-17…

15 “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

And then I remember that The Most High God loves most, my obedience, above all that I can give.

I turn off the noisemaker I go to reflect upon and abide,




Anger 101…In Prosetry

It’s really easy to get fighting mad

When your priorities are not where they ought to be.

Often, in our own eyes,

The yearnings of our “wants”

Tend to outweigh the glaring needs of this life.

I speak from a place of experience,

As I constantly battle with this thing called anger.

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Trying to find the forest in the midst of trees

Is kinda like chasing your tail…

The answers are right there, but you just can’t see them…

Can’t get to them.

Like grabbing at the mist.

Do I want the answers or do I want those coveted yearnings?

There is nothing worse than encroaching spiritual


The adversary of Life is insidious, subtle and conniving…

“Did you want your head job with or without a grin, deary?”

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…And my vexation, a shining testament

To the least of their exertion.

As I run in circles,

I forget that the dog that chases his tail

Never realizes that he sees a mirror image of


So, as I pull my head out of my ass

Kansas quickly fades to


And I stand up shaking and uneasy with a new pair of shoes…

That really hurt bad!

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Your eyes tend to hurt,

When they adjust to the Sunlight,

After a long, warm, moist, stinking


The road that is stretched out in front of you is the same road,

Only it’s longer…

because of these hurtin’-ass shoes!

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I understand, once again, that every day is a day of

New beginnings,

New reasons to laugh,

New reasons to be happy and truly appreciative

…Along with new reasons to be


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As I wipe away the layers of my own crap from my eyes,

A new stink, worse than my own, offends my nostrils.

And I have to endure this horrid, new stench

…and fight the urge to once again,

To prefer to turn back my own shit as an alternative.

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Reprioritizing… it’s a daily process…

In time, your feet will adjust!


Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV)

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;