Black Poetry : Where were you Billy Graham?

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  1. Heartbeat

    Heartbeat Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Billy Graham
    His hair white with age
    His walk aided by his son
    His words electronically amplified
    He still fills stadiums with believers
    Thousands still listen to the great evangelist

    Thousands have always listened
    But there was a time he did not speak
    There was a time when he stayed silent
    While dogs attacked peaceful protesters
    When bombs took the lives of innocent children
    When tree limbss flowered with black men
    When justice and equality was denied
    This man of God said nothing

    The most powerful man of his day
    The ear of presidents and politicians his for the asking
    Yet he stood far away from Martin Luther King
    This southern son of southern sons
    A Christian man spreading God’s word
    The call for Civil Rights not among them

    He could have done so much to help the cause
    A white man out in front
    This white man
    God would have surely approved
    But like all men
    He fell victim to fear
    Fear of losing his position
    By speaking out against the horrors of the day

    Now on what appears to be his farewell tour
    He speaks of worldwide peace
    This 83-year-old legend
    His trek from city to city
    Filled with fanfare...
    I am not impressed

    You had your chance Reverend Graham
    But you left it to chance
    Yes, the right thing eventually happened
    Without your help
    You made the decision to limit your influence
    Thus limiting your greatness

    You’ll be rewarded for many things
    Except the one that should have been the easiest
    Easy for a man of God to say “This is wrong in the eyes of God”
    How will you explain your dereliction of duty?
    During the time when your country needed you most
    What will be your price to pay?

    Do you remember the 30's, 40's, 50's, and 60's
    When you rose to the top on the word of God
    Surely you do
    God has not forgotten
    He'll be reminding you soon

    BE
     
  2. dbaraka

    dbaraka Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Amen to that!
     
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    $$RICH$$ Lyon King Admin. STAFF

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    well aright i amen to dis here......flow on
     
  4. Joyce

    Joyce Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Heartbeat,

    This is thought provoking...so thought provoking. Yes, he has lead many to Jesus. But as this poem speaks...he did not strive to lead America to repentance of it's terrible treatment of her fellow americans, during that present time when his ministry was at it's peak...that being the 60's and the 70's. He was deathly quiet on this and I never took note until now. Thanks for giving me deeper insight thru your poetry. It's a hard hitting piece...but it speaks volumes of truth.

    Joyce
     
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    j'hiah Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    this nail-smashing piece here must dwell on top.

    i feel this way about all of my caucasion preachers from back in the day.
    this is real.

    jh.
     
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