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Black church


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Does the flower summon
Thunder, daring 
It to desecrate its
Roots. The church preserves
Heritage, custodian 
Of the library of wounds, amplifying the sound
Of the wishing well
Whispering to it's 
Reflection, congregation praying to create a clear
Perception about racial
The ghosts of Martin and
Malcolm call to each
Other from empty
Call and response;
Church - community
Ocean on a map floating
On a river, imperceptibly the
Church directs souls
Back to the source.

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Nice work on this one, Barry. I like how you carry the church metaphor throughout. The rhetoric is somber and dignified, and the poem reads remarkably well.


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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