Chance the Rapper

This NPR Tiny Desk concert performance by Chance the Rapper is extroindary. His poetry is beautiful and the Stevie Wonder song he sings at the end, “They Won’t Go when I Go” is breathtaking and sorrowful.

One from hell, the other above

I want to point and say to the other “I’m nothing like you. I could never.” But alas, I’m afraid, my heart so desperately leans its own way with wickedness and hurt I can’t control it it’s pervert But contrasting my aching and teetering heart, I’m wholly other pure, chaste, kind, truly smother I am…

Psalm 26

Presuming upon his faithfulness I shall not dare for what I think I know, I may not lest I’m not in His loving care Equip me and sustain me and preserve me, too for I am vindicated only by the power of you Do not sweep me away along with the others the detestable, the…

Number 4

Requiring so much and yet it could never be enough to love your God foremost, forever, in the fullness thereof But despite this simply put command there is one more demand to love your neighbor him, too? All the words they say and have said to you culminate in these two aforesaid mandates the we…

Thieves then

So militant and violent and persistent and extreme These are the cries of the evil ones they spew hate and scream of their lives as better, as more worthy and good as they murder, salute, indoctrinate without their hood This is the face of hate this is the face of pride of those not needing…

Chaos

Out of control and out of our minds the world seems and so do I The hatred the bitterness it’s disgusting and frivolous Yet, it’s there and more there and beyond repair it seems Though, this insanity has a name and a reconciler has already came to unite and heal and chastise and seal those…

Cecilia

Cecilia, my girl You are of me You are from me I love that you are you Even as you are me. Your love and care So perceptible, so young Each smile and kiss Like a beacon, a ray of sun. Your passion, practically Boldness and fire I pray, to be consumed with deep desire…

Fierce

Fierce doesn’t even begin to describe it Love so deep I can’t find my way around it My child, my child The beauty you hold in Your image so pure is my Delight, my joy, my absolute pride. Every step you take I worry a bit more Yet respect and admiration are equally as powerful…

Number 3

How can I know how great the misery of my soul? For what I desire to be I’m not For what I want I hate For what I tell I lie For what I see I take For what I’m asked I won’t For what I hate I kill The misery is too great to…

Circles

Circles and circles in eloquence and shadows suffering though and smiling amidst the grief so great I can barely stand and then I sit I stand and walk and run and skip to be dragged again In circles, in circles, in circles of despair endlessly turning and turning and turning and turning… will it always keep…

Follow, Follow, Follow

One after another we all must go follow, follow, follow steadily flow But not so soon! not right now! insistently we cry we need her we love her we are not ready to say goodbye It touches all it follows all it leaves no one behind for it is relentless and cruel and formidably unkind…

Number 2

  How great, how great Is the misery of the insufferable Those who seek their own way In thoughts and deeds Corruptible There is no rest There is no peace There is only sorrow There is no release Yet there is a way To live and die With peace we pray With comfort, too Oh,…