Sep 22, 2016

To Kneel [a #Poem]

To Kneel 

(c) Rabbi Menachem Creditor
for Landingham & Kaepernick, our angels in the wings

Sometimes, it isn't about nuance.
Sometimes it just comes down to facing the storm,
calling God out,
standing at the center of a whirlwind
holding your ground.

No cathedral is immune to agony,
no soul impervious to life itself
no nation purely noble.
If it were any other way,
there would be no need for cathedrals
in the first place.

Kneel
stand, 
sit, 
rise up.

To kneel is
to submit 
to lower oneself 
to step down 
to pause.

To kneel is to call attention 
to touch the Earth's face
to listen to those 
whose blood saturates 
the very roots of our story.

To kneel is to step aside 
to step outside 
to invite others to come closer 
to remember.

To kneel is not to stand
not to stand
not to stand idly by.

Speak your truth,
God damn it.

That's what God wants most of all.