The Fierce Urgency of Now

July 16, 2013

Nancy S. Taylor
 
"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." - Matthew 6:10
 
I get the fierce urgency of now      
      So I'm asking with fierce urgency about how
Racial tensions and courtroom dissentions
      And scraps of evidence (and where's the heartfelt penitence?)
      and slimmest suspicions becomes percussive permission
      (add a vigilante's derision)
Turning a chambered bullet into a bully pulpit
      Where the sword is mightier than the pen
      When it leaves a gun-less, defenseless youth dead.
 
He didn't even get to taste the rainbow skittles
      Before the jury pronounced the acquittal
Tart lime, orange, green, purple and red
      Pooled blood, just seventeen, Oh God, Trayvon's dead.
"But the concrete sidewalk is a deadly weapon!"
      I swear the defense said this deadpan
And my heart is in explosion.
 
I get the fierce urgency of now
      So I'm asking with fierce urgency about how (and when and why)
Stand your ground became the law of the land
      And Zimmerman an Uberman?
Did you read the Ten Commandments?
      Did I miss some amendments?
      Because the one pronounced not guilty
      broke at least three.
And the altar boy is free.
 
Prayer                 
 
Our Father (or Mother), who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.

About the Author
Nancy S. Taylor is Senior Minister of Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts.
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