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Jubilee!
By Billye Okera   

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When the praises rang, the people in the pews went wild...Crazy Wild!

Jubilee


      Billye Okera


           2004


 


When the praises rang


The people in the pews went wild


Crazy wild


Like they did I juke-joint days


In the isle


To the beat of bishop booming


Big bold heaven words


Calling us all from silence


Sitting like God was stone.


 


When the parish prayed


The people on their feet felt sway


They swayed


The way the did to the chant of drum


The low hum


 Of deacon pleading passions-


Praying us from silence


Sitting like God was deaf.


 


When they all spoke in tongues of fire


Like fire


The people swept/leapt to the sound


Of Sia-He-Com-A-Sia


And pyre burned bright


As the mountain of God


Speaking us from silence


Sitting like God was mute.


 


When the choir sang


And, oh, they sang


And mourned in cadence


 Of a funeral dirge


And forged high sound from weary breast


To the boom of organ dreams


 And timbrels.


Calling us from silence


Sitting like God had no song.


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