Poetry by Farah Lawal Harris

What if I


*Written July 8, 2008*

what if i
promoted him like my favorite rapper,
quoted him to fit every situation,
tried to convince others to tune in
when people talk about him on radio stations,
said day in and day out that he’s the best alive and his words are so hot
and that they should listen and try to give him a shot?

what if i
talked about him like he was a new man
who surprisingly made my life so great that i can’t complain?
what if i rubbed him in the faces of everyone around me
so that they would be all too familiar with how his love is insane,
so much so that they don’t even have to ask why i’m smiling,
they just say “There she goes again with whats-his-name”?

what if i
wore him like a fly outfit
that i wanted everyone to see,
purposely walking past perfect strangers three times with him on
just so they could note the beauty that is he,
and how he looks just oh-so-great on me
like an expensive pair of jeans that make my shape look oh-so-right,
that they could all benefit from if they’re willing to pay the price?

what if
i just kept him all to myself and hid him away?
i think that is what i do because every time i begin to feel unashamed,
i face different setbacks and life pushes me astray–
my pride, my doubt inside, and my emotions all cloud my view
so that by the time i think of mentioning him,
the time has passed and conversations are through…

i no longer want to be a fake fan, a false lover, or perpetrator…
i wanna shout out my love for Him to every friend, family member, and hater
promote him like he’s sunshine after seven days of raining,
wear him on my heart, stop hiding and start proclaiming
that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life
and maybe if i stop keeping him secret
more people will want to give Him their life
and maybe if i speak up
i can truly honor the one who changed my life
and maybe if i share what He’s done for me
people could find purpose in their life
and maybe if i just open up my mouth and share
they can know
Christ.

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6 responses

  1. Victor A.

    Ill stuff…you definitely have a tremendous talent. It has such a great build and you used a lot of great symbolism

    July 9, 2008 at 6:13 am

  2. Wayne

    No more questions and no more lies
    we have used all of our alibis
    (but not this time)
    I’ll tell you now that Jesus Christ
    Is the only Hope for life, this life

    Faith the substance of things unseen
    and hope with stock in more than dreams
    You and I could fly, If we could only see

    July 9, 2008 at 6:49 am

  3. Fire

    I really admire your ability to pump out quality stuff. I’m a fan! for sure!! 😉

    love you sis!

    July 9, 2008 at 12:44 pm

  4. This is beautiful, what if we all could do the same, I don’t think we’d have to leave behind one chosen saint.

    July 9, 2008 at 2:14 pm

  5. poeticjourney

    WOW! Thats all I can say is…Wow!

    That is a powerful poem and I am so glad that I was able to read it.

    I am a poet to and have a wordpress blog and I would love to add you to my blog roll if you don’t mind.

    July 9, 2008 at 6:40 pm

  6. pearlsfrompain

    Thanks for the feedback everyone!

    July 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm

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