A Church’s Chant

Camille J. Harrison

 

Churches chant chiefly chimes of praise

In looks of raising the congregations

From segregation and discrimination of

The African who didn’t matter then

And was brought down by the masses to save their own asses

From the tasks that made their family last in their classes.

Churches chant chiefly chimes of praise

On an earth created by God

Isn’t it odd, that we can’t seem to solve the underlying

Destruction that causes us to starve our soul

Of truthful love for those here and far.

Not only are we blinded,

But we also didn’t find it, our peace

Supposedly granted because Abraham signed it.

Churches chant chiefly chimes of praise because

The de jure was different from the de facto

Because in fact though those who didn’t like use still

Didn’t like us.

The de jure was different from the de facto

Because in fact though those who didn’t like us still

Didn’t like us and even while they are sipping their pho

They think “I don’t like them” because stereotyping is easier

Than realizing and rationalizing the rarity of thinking about a rival

Who threatens your survival, on an earth created by God though?

Churches chant chiefly chimes

To change the times of crimes and heal our cries

From the concrete racism that creates schisms

And sends visions of tension

Like putting us on a boat, to float to Africa

And using it as a scapegoat to solve your racist quotes.

Churches chant chiefly chimes of praise because

Cancellation of one’s feeling of indignation

Can’t be committed by those livid and proud of their

White privilege enough to denounce a whole village.

Churches chant chiefly chimes of praise so that

Faith can help function us fruitfully,

Moving forward, reversing the fission we failed to envision.

 

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