Posts Tagged ‘Mahalia Jackson’

There Is No Room For Heavenly Peace: Revolutionary ImproVerse Free Verse Poetic Lament

December 8, 2014

Cleaning house
in service
for those who can’t
or won’t,
I play an old tape.

Hell yeah!
It’s Mahalia
Jackson
,
Sleep in Heavenly Peace.

I can’t contain
the torrent of tears
as I clean
even more earnestly
because that’s all I can do now.
Now that I’ve left.
Now that I’ve ripped
lives apart.

This used to be
my city,
my town,
my house,
my family,
my life.

This music brought joy
down the stairs.
I have tapes.
I have videos.

This used to be everything
I lived for.
But now,
I’m cleaning the living room,
and
there is no room.

White Christmas Gospel Song: Revolutionary ConTEXTing Haiku

December 8, 2013

In a Caucasian /
congregation , her song makes /
me miss Mahalia