Poetry and Prose
from the Sharon Baptist Church Laureates...
To Encourage those that are new to Christ. To Encourage those that live for Christ and may be experiencing challenging times and to Encourage those that have not yet opened their hearts to Him.
(as recited on Grandparent’s Day - 2010)
You have been the fist
Of a soulful generation
That has knocked holes in racism
That has stood the grounds
Of a soldiers endless tomorrows
Fighting with the spirit of a Joe Louis
The courage of a Martin Luther King
A Marcus Garvey
A Malcolm X
A Sojourner Truth
The faith of Abraham
Cause in your souls you knew
That God would bring you though
Because of you there is
No more white only fountains
No more Negro bathrooms
No more standing in the back
to pick up or eat our food
No more black men being called “boy” by little white children
No more lynching of our innocence
Because of the spirit of your yesterday
Our today has a brand new soul
Queen of the Ante Bellum South
Has its first African American governor
And to peak it all
We may have out first African American President
So that makes me proud to remember the days
When I used to put my little shoes in yours
To walk around the house
In that same ole spirit
vow to continue walking in your footsteps
To make the light of my children’s tomorrow
As bright as you have made mine
Had become the call of my soul
Screaming from my flesh
Crossing over into my spirit
As I've wept in my sleep
Wearing on the inside
The chains & images
Of psychological slavery
That binds the soul
And deafens the voice of the spirit
Calling my name
Had become my husbandman
And the chains
On the arms of my salvation
Rattled in my will
Until I know longer knew the Lords name
But in the shadows of my past
Lied in a manger
From the souls of my ancestors
Who stood in the gap
For the children to come
To pray in the will of the Lord
For the comforter
The spirit of truth
To work in the souls of the children
He Paid The Price
He begun paying the price
The moment is soul touched flesh
Crossing over into a world
For the soul of men
But still Remaining
Sacrificing portions of His omniscience
To become the Lamb
Where the essence & luminescence of His spirit
Came forth in a star
As He lied in a manger
Bread of life
Light of the world
While the love & light of His soul
Pierced the elements
And began drawing all men
As the bright & morning star
Unto the world
Where process & preparation
Had begun setting the stage
For the Son of man
Son Of God
King of Jews
To pay a ransom
That will set the soul of men free
`In the act of becoming
Opening the doors unto men
To become blood washed believers
As He began taking the trek through the Via Dolorosa
Step after step
Heading toward Golgotha
The place of skull
The hills of Calvary
Where He chose to become sin
Fulfilling the prophesy
The very ones that was created by Him
To nail Him
To a cross
And save all mankind
I Plead The Blood
After rummaging through the closets
Of my lifes experiences
Picking up old garments
From Good & bad relations
Making an endeavor
To sort out things
And finally get rid of
The things that has been cluttering up my souls closet for years
It's spring cleaning time
So I plead the blood
Over every garment I've worn in my past
That has too many holes it
To carry me into tomorrow
I plead the blood
Over the filth
These garments has left in my soul
I plead the blood
Over the garment
I use to rock & wear
That caused me to forget
Who I am
And whose I am
I plead the blood
Over the chao's & confusion
Hovering over my soul
I plead the blood
On the shoes I've worn
That has lead me away from right living
I plead the blood
On the hats I've worn
That I wore backwards
Hurting the people around me
With a clean closet
And a clean mind
I put on the garments of praise
And from under my new hat
I will shout unto the Lord
And give thanks
A Sinners Prayer - Raheem Rafuidden
Oh Lord God
For I have sinned
And my sins are ever before me
Reminding me of my trespasses against Thee
So now I seek out your grace
As my Lord and Saviour
Your only begotten Son
And rose from the dead
Giving sinners like myself
In salvation & ressurection
Through the aid of the Holy Spirit
To rise from damnation
To eternal life
In the kingdom of a God
Surpasses all understanding
Allowing us to become the object of His affection
As His selection
From those of the world...
How can you love someone
But not give love to them
That's like faith without works
Having the energy of love
Without the spirit that embodies it
Is like food with no substance
Love should fill the heart
Like the spirit fills the soul
Purging the essence of whatever it touches
Relinquishing that body
Of all lower base desires
And all harmful thoughts
That could pierce the soul of that love
And make it bleed
Till it hurts
True love nourishes
And forgets about self
Because love is God
And out of His likeness that He created us in
We should love like the essence of the blood
That drips from the cross
Purging & purifying
Until there is nothing to be seen but love
Dripping from your soul
Like the wombs of Christ from the cross !
Is the silent sound of the universe
Echoing through the essence
Of the tangible
And the intangible
Realms of the unforeseen
That pierces our souls
With the actual visage
The living truth
" The Kingdom Is At Hand "
Causing me to reach from deep within my soul
With the clean hands that allows me to touch God
From the spirit of the word living inside me
Squinting through the lid
Of my pineal gland
Seeking a glance
Of the word
Living in the word
That speaks to the word
Living inside me
The face of salvation
And the free flowing waters
Like the dews of Herman
That will soak the skirts
Of your garments
And set your soul free...
Ascending - Raheem Rafuidden
When the Lord uses me to save
A lost soul
I momentarily hear
The sounds of my past
Breathing in the soil
Of a distant grave
Salvation & resurrection
Is a gift
That eternalizes love
Birthing my mortality
Raising my soul from the grave
Taking me beyond the knowledge
Of good & evil
Rooting in my soul
The tree of life
To bare the fruits
Of the spirit
And began yelling in the wilderness
Unto the Lord...
Dreamer - Raheem Rafuidden
Who told you you could'nt dream
Some Queens have wished upon stars
Some have become stars
And some have simply followed stars
Not realizing that a dream can fall to the wayside
And become a dream within a dream
Because the spirit of the dream
Was'nt attached to the spirit
That gives us the dream
So wake up my Queen
And have a relationship with the dreammaker
Cause nothing comes to a sleeper
But a dream...
The Craftsman - Raheem Rafuidden
As I've risen in degrees
Now ready to untie the latchets of my souls sandals
To stand on Holy ground
In the presence of the Lord
Triangulating the compass in my soul
East in my square
In the light
Where the souls of the upright
Begins a masterly work
In the likeness of Hiram Abiff
Who've made the ruffians
With trowel in hand
I spread my love
To the pasture
Where God's children graze
In the endless spirit of endless days
The Joyful Hand
The joyful hand
Is upon you
Ole broken soul of todays trouble
Can't you see it
It's the hand that binds
The hand that consoles
The hand that molds
The hand that holds you in your sleep
The hand that feeds you
The hand that nurtures you
The hand that preserves you
The hand that holds back the grave
Can't you feel it
The tender touch of it's tissue like fingers
Wiping away your tears
Healing the wombs
That came from the loss of your parent
The loss of your child
Can't you feel it
In your hand
When you just need one
Or simply on your shoulders
Pulling you into His bossom
Rubbing your souls back like Grandma
To merely nurture the child in your spirit
So whenever choas & confusion
Consumes your day
" Remember "
There's a man name Jesus
With a Holy hand
That's also a healing hand
That becomes a joyful hand
In the maraculous way He touches us
On the inside...
Be encouraged Queen
God's hand is on the shoulders of your life
His spirit is ever present
In your joy
And in your pain
So just call on His name
And allow your soul to fall in the spirit
Of His bossom
And your find His blessed assurance
To be the strength in your life
His grace & mercy
While the splendor of His love
Carries you through the dark tunnels
Where the walls that once protected you
So be encouraged Queen
Because like Nehemiah
Will help you rebuild
All the walls that have fallen in your lifes triumphs
And through His grace
He will take you to the promise land
Where the spirit of His covenant
Will be the essence of your victory
So be ye encouraged Queen
Because His angels are before you
Clearing the way
And His Son is behind you
To aid you in the direction
Of the path He has chosen for you
Be Encouraged !
Sounds - Raheem Rafuidden
I want you to
Plug your ears to your soul
Listen to the sounds of beaten mothers
Listen to the sounds of the deaf
Who's world is on mute
Left to hear with their eyes
And speak with their hands
Listen to the sounds of crackfiends
Speaking to the world through glass pipes
Their voice screaming in the wilderness
Echoing through glass tubes
Listen to the sounds of oppression & poverty
Yelling through the soul of project doors
Voices filtered by welfare checks & foodstamps
Where street corners become tombs
For young black men
Trapped in psychological chains
That bind them from the spirit of the Lord
Where young girls
And beautiful black women's voice
Is only heard through the sounds of their flesh
So I'm asking the chosen of the Lord
To still their minds
Still their souls
And listen to the sounds of the Lord
Beneath all the chao's & confusion
Beneath all the pain & sadness
Beneath all the soul-felt degradation
Of our oppressed & downtrodden
Brotha's & sista's
And hear the sounds of the Lord
Whispering from His Holy hills
Into the spirit of His chosen
The heirs of His kingdom
With the oil dripping from your beards
To the skirts of your garments
Tighten your breastplate
Grab your sword
Your shield & buckler
And let the sound of His word
Be spoken into the spirit Of His lost sheep
God's Promises - Raheem Rafuidden
Is hidden in the shadows of His truth
In the upward trek
Of Jacob's ladder
In the climb
Beyond the wheel
To the revelation
Of the pale horse
Is seated in the soul
In the bounty
Of the upper room
Where my spirit drinks
From the chalice
Of God's annointing
And recieves the bread
Is in the fountain
Of the blood
In the angle of the square
That points our compass
To the hills
From whence our help comes
Is written on the very walls
Of our souls
Revealed by the aid of the Holy Spirit
As our walk becomes parallel
To the arc of our destiny
In the Lord...
MY FRIEND IS ONE WHO NEVER COMPLAINS
WHO HELPS ME ALONG EACH AND EVERY DAY
NO MATTER WHAT THE CHALLENGE – HE IS THERE FOR ME
HE NEVER SAY ‘NO’ OR “I DON’T HAVE THE TIME”
HE JUST ANSWERS AND SAYS “WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?”
I TELL HIM MY TROUBLES AND ALL MY THOUGHTS
BOTH GOOD AND BAD BECAUSE I KNOW HE HELP ME OUT
HE SAYS TO ME “DON’T WORRY YOURSELF
BECAUSE I HAVE ALREADY WORKED IT OUT”
THANK YOU LORD FOR YOU ARE A TRUE FRIEND
ONE THAT WILL LAST UNTIL THE END
DAY BY DAY WITH GOD
I THANK YOU LORD DAY BY DAY
FOR WHAT YOU DO FOR ME EACH DAY
BECAUSE ONLY YOU CAN SEE WHAT’S IN STORE FOR ME EACH DAY
SO I GIVE YOU PRAISE FOR WHO YOU ARE
BECAUSE WITHOUT YOU LORD THERE WOULD BE NO JOY
Father I come before you
In the name of the Son
Triangulating of my square
In the square around my soul
Treading the path up Jacobs ladder
With clean hands
Seeking the portal
To the Mount of Olives
Where I can prostrate my soul
On Holy ground
In the presence of the King
To be consumed by His glory
As the anointing falls
And the consummation of my soul & spirit
With the Husbandman takes place
And the whole of my existence becomes a shout
Resting in the womb
Of the eternal parent
As I'm birthed in my Holy body
Sanctified into a new creation
Eternally in the body of Love...
LIFE – SHEDRICK McCALL
LIFE IS FOR LIVING ONE DAY AT A TIME
LIFE IS FOR FORGIVING, FOR WE KNOW NOT THE THINGS WE WILL DO
LIFE IS FOR REMEMBERING THOISE THINGS THAT BROUGHT UIS LOVE JOY AND PAIN
IN LIFE WE CAN’T GO BACK TO EITHER CHANGE OR CORRECT THE THINGS WE HAVE DONE
ONLY LEARN FROM THEM AND MOVE ON
LIFE CONTINUES GOOD OR BAD; HAPPY OR SAD
WE MUST PRESS ON UNTIL THE END; PRAYING FOR WISDOM AND SEEKING KNOWLEDGE
THE FAIRNESS OF LIFE NEVER EXISTED
BUT WE CAN REMAIN STRONG EVEN IN THIS UNFAIR WORLD
DO WHAT YOU CANTO MAKE A DIFFERENCE EACH DAY
YOU SEE GOD GAVE THIS WORLD TO US TO BE IN CHARGE
SEEK HIM EVERY DAY AND HE WILL MAKE A WAY
YOU SEE TIME ENEVER CHANGES, BUT ALL THINGS DO
TRUST ONLY IN GOD TO SEE YOU THROUGH
To One In Sorrow
by Grace Noll Crowell
Let me come in where you are weeping, friend, and let me take your hand.
I who have known a sorrow such as yours can understand.
Let me come in. I would be very still beside your grief.
I would not bid you cease your weeping, friend; tears bring relief.
Let me come in. I would only breathe a prayer and hold your hand;
For I have known a sorrow such as yours and understand.
Submitted by: Maegertha Mixon
I meet God in the morning and go with him through the day,
Then in the stillness of the night before sleep comes I pray
That God will just take over all the problems I can't solve;
And in the
peacefulness of my sleep my cares will be dissolve.
So when I open my eyes to greet another day,
I'll find myself renewed in strength and there will open up a way
To meet what seemed impossible for me to solve alone;
And once again I'll be assured I am never on my own.
For if we try to stand alone we are weak and we will fall,
For God is always greatest when we're helpless, lost, and small.
But no day is unmeetable if, on rising, our first thought
Is to thank God for the blessings that His loving care has brought.
For there can be no failures or hopeless, unsaved sinners
If we enlist the help of God, who makes all losers winners,
So meet him in the morning and go with him through the day;
And thank Him for his guidance each evening when you pray.
And if you follow faithfully this daily way to pray,
You will never in your lifetime face another hopeless day
MAN OF PROMISE
In his post-mortal consciousness
Comprehend the Eternal Covenant
The destiny of Christ
Which each covenant are centered
On the path toward light
Man born in sin
From the legacy of his father (Adam)
Fallen like the defiled angels
Reaching for the promise
Of the covenant
Written on the walls of their very souls
Seeking to look beyond the veil
And lie in the arms
Of glorification and sanctification
Clearing the apostasy
Through the covenant of works
Which takes his soul to the covenant of grace
On his knees before the Father
As a risen child of His mercy
HOW CAN MAN
How can man
After being forged by the light
In the womb of his soul
When he is a star
Made to shine on two realms
Imputing through his vessel
Light or darkness
The material and spiritual
Which becomes the substance
Of two intertwining vessels
How can man
Of two worlds
By His grace and mercy
With the Holy Spirit
By the covenant
Of the Christ-child
But not capable
Of harnessing the Will
And reaching the exultation of freedom
Which takes him into
Glorification and Sanctification
Of the upper room
THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH
Jesus said: He is the truth, the light, the way. And He also states; no man comes unto the father except by Him. You see, the essence of this is felt when we began to first trust, believe & later understand the analogy of our most sacred Trinity, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.
Jesus spoke to us in parables so that only God fearing believers would know and understand the true meaning of His words, so that we could continue to grow and prosper as faithful servants of the most high. Acknowledging our sins and sincere repentence will cause God to cleanse our souls and renew us in His ever saving grace.
To come forthright with truth is to come face to face with Jesus, because He is the truth, God's truth. This is why He sent Jesus to us as Messiah with His message of love and purification. A walk with Jesus is to walk with love on a path that will lead you to inner santity of your soul where the throne of God beccomes apparently clear to those of us whom have become divinely inpired.
Jesus's life exemplified a love of God & man so pure, if studied in the spirit of Love, with the sincerity of the heart, it will lead to a knowledge of God's precepts and the very wisdom derived from these precepts will change your walk, your talk, and every thought, till you're firmly on the path that leads to the kingdom.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN LOVE?
I put the bright sunshine in the sky and glistened the night with the moon and stars, just for you – but still you don’t believe in Love.
I created the birds to sing love songs and the wind to whistle tenderly in your ear – but still you don’t believe in Love.
I sent the rain to wash away your sorrow and pain – but still you don’t believe in Love.
I put angels on earth to watch over you – and still you don’t believe in Love.
I sent my only son to suffer and die for you all because I love you.
How can you not believe in Love?
If you believe in Me then you believe in Love
For you cannot have one without the other.
Do you believe in Love?
HOW TO MAKE LOVE
Come to me my Queen
hold my hand
close your eyes
and let me show you
how to make love.
Like two birds in the trees
Having emotional foreplay
I wanna hug your spirit
and caress your soul
Touch your mind with my thoughts
And catapult your heart
Into a state of emotions
that can not be explained in words
I wanna show you how to may love
The only thing that will be involved
is our feelings
And the frictions of our hearts
The vehemency of emotions
that will set your world on fire
I wanna show you how to make love
like gods and goddesses in heaven
like Solomon and Sheba
Like the sun touching the skin of the moon
And put you in tune
With a love that touches more than flesh.
I wanna show you how to make love
A love that makes yesterday become tomorrow
And tomorrow becomes forever
Let this love become the contents of your dreams
Fill the voids in our life
Become more potent than the vibes of Venice
Stronger than the tip of Cupid’s arrow
Let me fill your soul with something other than the embodiment of flesh
Let me touch the Queen
The spirit of love that god gave you
ever so softly
make love to it
Like I was the spirit of love incarnate
Immersing myself into the core
Of everything that God made you to be
Come my Queen
Come to me
And let me
How to make love
THE GREATEST GIFT IS THAT OF LOVE
GOD LOOK UPON US AND IT TURNED HIS HEART.
FOR THE HUMANS HE CREATED HAD BROKEN HIS HEART
BUT IN SPITE OF IT ALL HE STILL LOVES US SO
HE GAVE US HIS SON, HIS GREATEST LOVE OF ALL
IN THE TWINKLE OF AN EYE AND WITHOUT HESITATION
HE REDUCED HIS SON TO BE JUST LIKE HIS CREATION
THE SON THAT CAME TO EARTH TO BE THE BRIDGE WE HAD LOST
TO REUNITE US AGAIN WITH HIM
HE ASKED ONLY ONE THING THAT WE DO
TO ACCEPT HIS SON AS HE ACCEPT YOU
"FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON".
My Prayer :
Maegertha J. Mixon.
Our heavenly father who is the maker of all things. Thank you for your grace and mercy. Thank you for your son that you gave to die on the cross for our sins. Lord sometimes my faith is weak, please help me Lord to be strong give me more faith and understanding of your word. Sometimes I feel so small when I look around me and see and hear so many bad thing that happens. I say to myself, what can do to make a difference. When I see people dying all around the world from little or no medicine, food or clothes and so many other things. Lord please help the mentally ill society has not been good to them. Please help me to understand a lot of thing in the world. Lord I am leaning on your everlasting arms that's fill with love and never gets tired So Lord I will do my part and I know you will do the rest.
'Twas The Night Before Jesus Came Back'. 'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying, not one in the house.
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.
The children were dressing to crawl into bed.
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.
When out of the East there arose such a clatter.
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash!
When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here.
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY!
The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus! returning just like He had said.
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth,
I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself.
In the Book of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man.
He spoke not a word as He searched for my name;
When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame.
The people whose names had been written with love
He gathered to take to His Father above.
With those who were ready He rose without a sound.
While all the rest were left standing around.
I fell to my knees, but it was too late;
I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate.
I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight;
Oh, if only I had been ready tonight.
In the words of this poem the meaning is clear;
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There's only one life and when comes the last call
We'll find that the Bible was true after all!
WHY DO WE COMPLAIN SO MUCH?
Why do we complain so much?
Is it that we feel rejected or neglected?
Is it really that important to have what others have?
Or is it we just want to have something to say?
Or is it we like things out way?
It is a shame we waste our day.
Watching what others do and say.
When really we should be thankful
God gave us this day to move forward in our own way.
So the next time you start to complain
Remember God loves us all the same
Control is Him and not in us
So remember to trust and not fuss
For God is still in control, Not us.
LORD, WHY DID YOU MAKE ME BLACK?
Richard H. Bowling
Why Did You Make Me Black Lord ....
Lord .... Why did you make me black?
Why did you make someone
the world would hold back?
Black is the color of dirty clothes,
of grimy hands and feet...
Black is the color of darkness,
of tired beaten streets...
Why did you give me thick lips,
a broad nose and kinky hair?
Why did you create someone
who receives the hated stare?
Black is the color of the bruised eye
when someone gets hurt...
Black is the color of darkness,
black is the color of dirt.
Why is my bone structure so thick,
my hips and cheeks so high?
Why are my eyes brown,
and not the color of the sky?
Why do people think I'm useless?
How come I feel so used?
Why do people see my skin
and think I should be abused?
Lord, I just don't understand...
What is it about my skin?
Why is it some people want to hate me
and not know the person within?
Black is what people are "Labeled"
when others want to keep them away...
Black is the color of shadows cast...
Black is the end of the day.
Lord you know my own people mistreat me,
and you know this just ain't right...
They don't like my hair, they don't like my
skin, as they say I'm too dark or too light!
Lord, don't you think
it's time to make a change?
Why don't you redo creation
and make everyone the same?
Richard H. Bowling
Why did I make you black? Why did I make you black?
I made you in the color of coal
from which beautiful diamonds are formed...
I made you in the color of oil,
the black gold which keeps people warm.
Your color is the same as the rich dark soil
that grows the food you need...
Your color is the same as the black stallion and
panther, Oh what majestic creatures indeed!
All colors of the heavenly rainbow
can be found throughout every nation...
When all these colors are blended,
you become my greatest creation!
Your hair is the texture of lamb's wool,
such a beautiful creature is he...
I am the shepherd who watches them,
I will ALWAYS watch over thee!
You are the color of the midnight sky,
I put star glitter in your eyes...
There's a beautiful smile hidden behind your pain...
That's why your cheeks are so high!
You are the color of dark clouds
from the hurricanes I create in September...
I made your lips so full and thick,
so when you kiss...they will remember!
Your stature is strong,
your bone structure thick to withstand the
burden of time...
The reflection you see in the mirror,
that image that looks back, that is MINE!
So get off your knees,
look in the mirror and tell me what you see?
I didn't make you in the image of darkness...
I made you in the image of ME!
What Makes A Dad
A Dad is a person
who is loving and kind,
And often he knows
what you have on your mind.
He's someone who listens,
suggests, and defends.
A dad can be one
of your very best friends!
He's proud of your triumphs,
but when things go wrong,
A dad can be patient
and helpful and strong
In all that you do,
a dad's love plays a part.
There's always a place for him
deep in your heart.
And each year that passes,
you're even more glad,
More grateful and proud
just to call him your dad!
Thank you, Dad...
for listening and caring,
for giving and sharing,
but, especially, for just being you!